The Heart of the Community
The National Drug Council (NDC) recently carried out its second cycle of the Her Majesty’s Prison Survey (Northward, Fairbanks and Eagle House).
The purpose of the survey is to determine programme needs of the prison population as it relates to the delivery of education, treatment, and rehabilitation services for substance abuse.
This initiative which is part of the seven priority areas of The National Anti-Drug Strategy 2009-2013, seeks to provide a continuum of treatment services that offer drug users the means to improve their quality of life within the Prisons and successful transition back into the communities in which they live.
The survey was facilitated by volunteers from the community as well as representatives from public and private sector agencies. “The volunteers were an invaluable resource and their help and commitment ensured that the survey was facilitated according to the methodology”, stated Luisa McLaughlin, Research and Information Officer NDC.
The survey’s information will assist in the development and implementation of targeted services for inmates. Specifically, treatment and rehabilitation services for substance abusers.
All volunteers received training by NDC staff on procedures for administering a survey in a prison environment. Despite the week long initiative, volunteers remained committed. “The Maples Group's involvement in projects, such as the NDC Survey, is just one of the on-the-go community initiatives in which our staff continue to be involved," said Wanda Ebanks, Partner at Maples and Calder and one of the survey volunteers.
"Given the nature of the task, particularly that we were asked to administer the survey in a fully functioning prison, it is commendable that the management and staff response was so overwhelming. The prison and NDC organisers did a superb job with ensuring that everyone was comfortable during each session. Fifteen Maples staff members, representing the full spectrum of the firm, including Partners and Senior Associates, took part in the week-long project, which highlights the recognition of the potential value of surveys such as this."
The role of the volunteers demonstrates that citizens and corporations desire to improve the life of the community thus creating social capital. Volunteers continue to serve on boards and committees, make policy and planning decisions, raise funds and strengthen programmes among other meaningful efforts. “The more social capital there is, the healthier and more vibrant your community” stated Joan West-Dacres, Executive Director of the NDC.
The National Drug Council would like to thank the following companies and individuals. Your service to this country is greatly appreciated.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Her Majesty’s Prison Services:
dms Management LTD:
Pastor Mitchell Ebanks-Extain
Cayman Islands Government:
Judy Frederick – Moore
Peter Todd Chisholm
Louise Christine Burke-Richardson
Maples and Calder
Shari McField –Bell