Affiliates in the Caribbean

HelpAge Network Affiliates in the Caribbean are based in the following countries:

Antigua | Barbados | Belize | Dominica | Grenada | Jamaica

Montserrat | Saint Lucia | Suriname


St. Vincent de Paul Antigua

Established in 1974, the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) is a non-governmental organisation inspired by Catholic values.

It was created to enable men and women to grow spiritually by offering services to the needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder the Venerable Frederick Ozanam and Patron St Vincent de Paul.


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HelpAge Barbados

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HelpAge Belize

HelpAge Belize was established in 1984 as the National Committee on Ageing. In 1985, they changed their name to HelpAge Belize, when the organisation became a partner of HelpAge International.

HelpAge Belize works to empower older people by securing services and creating an environment that enables older to live dignified lives. They develop links between generations and assist older people who are living in poverty through Meals on Wheels and Food Package programmes.

HelpAge Belize also does advocacy work to ensure state agencies provide services to older people. These agencies include government departments, as well as statutory boards responsible for administering pensions to older people.

In 2011, HelpAge Belize used the ADA Campaign to lobby the Belize Social Security Board to expand the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHI) to reach older people in three new districts.

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Dominica Council on Ageing

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Reaching Elderly Abandoned Citizens Housebound

Reaching Elderly Abandoned Citizens Housebound (REACH) was established in 1979 as a NGO that supports some of the most vulnerable older people in Dominica.

REACH provides homecare services such as home visits, bathing, laundry, distribution of food, house repairs and transport to health centres. They also distribute meals on wheels to local villages in order to meet the most basic needs of older people in the area.

So far, REACH's greatest achievement has been securing free medical attention for older people aged over 60 at the local Princess Margaret Hospital. Furthermore, they helped to secure a 50% increase in funding for older people's welfare in the House of Parliament in 2009.

REACH became a partner of HelpAge International in 1985 and an Affiliate in 2004. It has participated in the Age Demands Action campaign and the Sponsor a Grandparent scheme.


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Extended Care through Hope and Optimism

Established in 1989, Extended Care through Hope and Optimism (ECHO) was set up to improve the quality of life of older people in the In-Island state of Grenada Carriacon and Petite Martinique.

They joined the HelpAge International network as a partner in 1992 and later became of an Affiliate in 2004.

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Action Ageing

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St Catherine Community Development Agency 

St Catherine Community Development Agency, (SACDA) is a community based voluntary organisation. They are committed to improving the lives of children, older people and their families as well as strengthening local groups and organisations. Theydo so by promoting participation, self-reliance and sustainable development.

SACDA works in several farming districts in Jamaica and reaches approximately 7,000 people. The communities they work with are underdeveloped due to their remoteness and lack of infrastructure.

SACDA is governed by a board of Directors. The day-to-day operations are the responsibility of the Director who reports to the Board. Three Programme Officers, an Administrative Assistant and an Office Attendant complete the staff. The organisation also has registered members from the communities they work with and is a legal registered organisation.


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Old People's Welfare Association

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Saint Lucia:

HelpAge St Lucia/National Council of and for Older Persons

HelpAge St Lucia's mission is to raise awareness of ageing issues and to improve the quality of care, health and conditions in residential homes. They carry out programmes that support older people's livelihoods and age awareness workshops.

The organisation is also committed to extensive research on areas including mental health, abuse and nutrition. The findings are used to advocate for national legislation to improve residential and community based care, guidance on family responsibilities and protection against abuse. 

HelpAge St Lucia works on programmes with over ten NGOs nationally. They have collaborated with social workers to increase community care programmes for older people and have set up home visiting programmes.

HelpAge St Lucia became a partner of the HelpAge network in 1988 and an Affiliate in 2004. The two organisations have worked together on projects such as Age Demands Action and Sponsor a Grandparent.


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The National Foundation for Blind Care in Suriname

The National Foundation for Blind Care in Suriname/Nationale Stichting Blindenzorg Suriname (NSBS) is an institute that supports the development of people with visual disabilities and enables them to develop into independent citizens in society.

The organisation was established in 1967 and employs 25 people and 15 volunteers. Their work include provision of education, running care centres, facilitating recreational activities and training in family support.

The day centres are open once a week and focus particularly on older people with visual impairment

NSBS supports older people's access to government services, health care centers and improved transport. They also provide education in computer skills, mobility and orientation, cooking and Braille; a method  used by people who are visually impaired to read and write

NSBS is part of the ‘Mira Nos' Network; a network of organisations that are related to the Netherlands and work with visually impaired people. They are also members of Royal Visio of Netherlands, Curaçao (Pro Bista), Aruba (FAVI), Bonaire (FKBO) and Suriname.

They became an Affiliate in 2012.


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