The Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP) is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO) which actively promotes the independence, dignity and purpose in life of our members, representing and expressing their views and concerns, and taking action to bring about change.
BARP was incorporated on October 25th, 1995, and with over 40,000 members. We are one of the largest organisations of its kind in Barbados and one of the fastest growing.
- Acknowledges the achievements of our seniors in creating a nation that we are all proud to call home.
- Celebrates our seniors as resources, not as burdens on our society.
- Will continue to raise awareness on the opportunities and challenges of our rapidly ageing society to ensure that no one is left behind.
- Will continue to be the voice of seniors and promote the development of practices and policies that improve the lives and dignity of older persons.
To become the principal voice for the over fifty age group in Barbados with a view to promoting their independence, dignity and quality of life.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
To lead the fight against discrimination and stereotyping of the elderly, through vigorous advocacy, lobbying and education of Barbadians, to market the skills and expertise of retired members so as to provide extra income for them, by creating a knowledge pool which may be drawn on by the wider community.
Benefits and Discounts Scheme
Faced with the high cost of living and current economic climate, many BARP members find the Association’s benefits and discounts scheme extremely helpful, saving them between five and twenty-five percent at many businesses island wide, including insurance companies, medical services and hardware suppliers.
Events and Social Activities
Our packed diary of entertainment and social events including, educational seminars and workshops are well attended by the public. At these sessions, members can learn about topics of particular interest to the over 50’s.
BARP is also proud of the fact that, within its membership, there is a wealth of wisdom, experience and compassion, all of which helps the Association achieve its aims and objectives. Whether offering their time as volunteers on one of the many community service programmes, or becoming involved in campaigns to end unfair business practices and bring about changes in policy, members wishing to do so can play an active role and in particular, help with the many challenges facing the elderly in Barbados. We invite you to join our group of volunteers in one of our many sub committees.
The Barbados Association of Retired Persons makes an extremely important contribution to the lives, not only of its members, but of all those aged 50 and over in Barbados. As well as their community projects and social and educational activities, the sheer size of BARP’s membership means that policy and decision makers in Barbados will have little option but to pay increasing attention to what BARP has to say. This ensures that the views and concerns of persons aged 50 and over in Barbados can be heard. BARP members and those they represent now have a ‘voice’, and that is the first and most important step in the process of achieving real and lasting change.