SOCIAL SUPPORT SERVICES
The Barbados Defence Force Social Services Cell is comprised of professionals dedicated to ensuring the well being of BDF personnel and their families. The services offered by the cell include counselling and mental health support for concerns related to bereavement, relationship conflicts, mediation of child maintenance and access, as well as employee engagement and workplace satisfaction.
The Social Services cell also facilitates BDF personnel linkages and referrals to agencies to access resources; conducts home or hospital visits to ill soldiers, civilians or their relatives as well as assist military personnel in their readiness and transition before during and post deployment.
Through the BDF’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation Committee, the Social Services Cell develops and delivers educational, social and leisure programmes all of which are aimed at building and maintaining individual well being and force wide morale.
Coordinator Of Social Services
Harriet Maria Clarke took up the post of Force Welfare Officer BDF on 16 June 2014. Her social work career has spanned agencies such as the Barbados Family Planning Association, the Welfare Department (both National Assistance and Family Service sections) and the Ministry of Health Ladymeade Reference Unit. Her professional and social work training has afforded her opportunities to provide interventive and supportive services to persons facing several life challenges and social problems including chronic illnesses, poverty, domestic violence and other challenges. Her career at the BDF focuses on providing command support emotional care to personnel for matters related to grief, parental conflicts and workplace satisfaction. Additionally, she is tasked with developing social and educational…