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The National Council of Social Service was inaugurated on the thirteenth day of January 1975, for the purpose of meeting the community needs that service clubs did not meet.
In 1990 The entity became The national Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).
1975 – The Lighthouse School at Bosun Bay was opened. We know what far-reaching effects that humble beginning has had when we look at The Sunrise Centre and The Lighthouse School today.
1976/7 – The first public pre-schools at North Side, East End, Bodden Town and George Town.
1978 – NCVO sends boxers to compete in the X1th Commonwealth Games in Canada.
1979 – We organised all the events to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of H.M. the Queen.
1979 – The Caring Cousins Scheme took over the former Welfare Fund. Under its auspices a multi-handicapped blind young lady from Cayman Brac was sent to The Hope School in Springfield and supported for 5 years.
1970’s – Community Councils were formed in all Districts .
-A campsite was opened in Old Man Bay which was eventually abandoned due to disuse and vandalism – The Bargain Shop was opened. – A Christmas Party, for under-privileged children, was held annually in the William Nixon Playground on Edward Street.
1980’s – The music Club was formed to bring musical talent into the islands and promote music appreciation, generally.
-Golden Age Clubs, Youth Clubs and a Citizens Advice Bureau were organised.
-Life-line, a telephone counselling service, was introduced.
Many young people were sponsored to enable them to participate in international gatherings and sports events overseas.
-The Council was commissioned by Government to organise events for The International Year of Youth 1985. One special project for this year was the setting aside of $20,000 for Vocational Grants to young people under 21 years of age to equip them to earn a living or to start their own business. Five students received vocational training at the Lindsey Hopkins education centre in Miami and, one of them, Miss Caroline Ebanks is still with us as a pre-school teacher today.
-We collected names and secured plaques for the Seaman’s Memorial around the navigational light in George Town which were dedicated on the 22nd June 1980.
– The Pink Ladies Volunteer Corps was formed.
A young lady from the USA spent 14 weeks under the auspices of the NCSS, working voluntary in a pre-school, and staying with two Caymanian families.
-The Big Brother, Big Sister Movement was introduced into the islands.
-Children’s Playgrounds were provided in George Town (2). Bodden Town, West Bay and Cayman Brac.
-Summer Camps for children were organised annually and in 1986 and 1987 groups were taken to an outdoor camp on a mountain in the woods in Alabana.
-The Pines Retirement Home planning began in 1976, the building commenced in 1980. It was finally opened by H. M. the Queen in February 1983, followed by the Pines Villas in 1989.
-The John Gray Memorial Scholarship was taken over from the Class of 1969 and has since distributed thousands of dollars in grants to students to assist them through College.
-Money was raised for the provision of a Hydro-therapy Pool which was eventually handed over to Government to equip the hydro-therapy room in the present hospital.
-Finally, the Nadine Andreas Children’s Centre was opened in 1992.
-We allocated $10,000 from the 1989 Radiothon to sponsor Miss Wendy Evans to take a 4 year Social Workers Course at Gannon University in Erie, Penn.
1990 – Mr. And Mrs. Lowell Andreas of the West Indian Club offered a donation of $75,000 to start a new project. It was determined that the greatest need was a Foster home for neglected children and the money was used to purchase land on what is now Anthony Drive Ground was broken on 21st July 1990. The centre was constructed at a cost of CI$370,666. With the assistance of The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman a Cabana for additional classroom space was added.
The Centre was officially opened on 11th January 1992 and included a foster home for 12 children and accommodation for the pre-school and baby-care.
2000 – NCVO embarked on a new project to build a new foster home.
2003– The new Nadine Andreas Foster Home was opened by HRH the Earl of Wessex.
2004 – The new Richard Arch Children’s Centre was officially opened, it houses the NCVO’s offices, Miss Nadine’s pre-school and the Jack & Jill Nursery
2013 (present day) the NCVO focuses on developing its programmes, in particular those that help children.
The NCVO expands its services to more children & families.
The NCVO adopts the mission statement “Dedicated to the care, education and well –being of children and families in need of support in the Cayman Islands”
An Aftercare programme is introduced to assist young adults who age out of care.
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