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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 09:11

BIDC Mentorship Programme

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‘Holding Hands’                                                                             

The Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) is seeking mentors for its “Holding Hands” mentorship programme. This forms an integral part of the overall structure of the Corporation’s Small Business Development Centre which now assumes much greater importance in the current global environment. The programme is intended to provide a mutually acceptable mechanism for Incubatees (members of the corporation’s Incubator Programme), to be able to benefit from the knowledge and experience of successful practicing or retired business persons and so avoid what might otherwise be dangerous pitfalls.

The objectives of the programme are:

  • To ensure that fledgling small businesses with good development potential can benefit from the expertise and experience of well-established and leading businesspersons, professionals and educators willing to give advice, guidance and other forms of support.
  • Create opportunities for the cultivation of a favourable climate in which mutually beneficial business relationships could develop between well-established and successful businesses or business people and fledgling small businesses.

Carefully selected mentors will be assigned on a mutually agreeable basis to members of the Incubator Programme, who operate in sectors such as Information technology and Health and wellness.

Each client has one (1) mentor, to whom they may turn for advice/guidance as necessary.

Mentors will ideally be expected to continue to help clients even after the businesses have matured from the programme, especially where there is potential for the evolution of mutually profitable business alliances.

Mentors have no authority to interfere directly with the management of, or otherwise to force their will on any business to which they are assigned. They have the right to discontinue their assignment to any business, if for any reason they consider that they are unable to assist the business in its best interest.

If you are a business person and interested in participating in our Mentorship Programme, you may contact Mr. Ryan Nurse at the Barbados Small Business Development Centre, telephone 426-2300.









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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 07:23

Massy Card Loyalty Points for BARP Members

BARP members get more rewards with the Massy Card.


BARP Members earn triple points at locations accepting both the Massy Credit and Loyalty Cards.

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  • Attend meetings as a member of the PAF Committee when required;
  • Review and assess the PAF application forms submitted to the BARP Office;
  • Conduct private interviews with members and designated families to assess and review the particular situation in a timely manner;
  • Undertake and write up reports (sometimes in collaboration with other professionals), which meet specified standards and timescales;
  • Offer information, support and recommendations to the PAF Committee;
  • Recommend and offer suggestions about the best course of action for cases after preliminary investigations;
  • Liaise with members and professionals and make referrals of specific cases to other agencies whether in the private or public sectors;


  • Certification in social work, social care and welfare would be an asset.

Work experience

  • Relevant experience in a social work or social care setting in the private and/or public sector. Professional experience in the public sector would be an asset.


The volunteer(s) will need to show evidence of the following:

  • patience and the ability to remain calm in a crisis;
  • resilience;
  • flexibility to adapt to new roles, tasks and situations;
  • initiative;
  • strong observation, analytical and listening skills;
  • the capacity to absorb legal and procedural information;
  • the ability to negotiate, mediate and interpret on behalf of service users;
  • good organizational skills to work independently and plan meetings for a caseload of BARP members;
  • empathy, combined with a genuine desire to improve the quality of life of BARP members is essential, as is the ability to think on your feet and make difficult decisions under pressure. An interest or participation in some aspect of your local community is useful;
  • General administrative skills are also needed.


The selected volunteer will report to the Chairperson of the BARP Charitable Trust.

Interested persons should submit their applications with curriculum vitae addressed to the Chairperson, BARP Charitable Trust, Barbados Association of Retired Persons, Collymore Rock, St Michael to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..





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Saturday, 11 February 2017 09:30

Learn About our Consumer Corner



Consumer Corner is a medium through which BARP members can be advised of their rights as a consumer. It will provide guidance and also it will inform the membership of advocacy initiatives on their behalf.

Consumer Corner shall seek to:

(a) develop clear policies and procedures to support complaints made by BARP’s membership about goods and service provision;

(b) liaise with the relevant government agencies on matters concerning consumer protection;

(c) educate consumers of their rights under the laws of Barbados;

(d) collaborate with a range of agencies to ensure consumer protection;

(e) promote the use of complaints procedures as per the relevant legislation;

(f) monitor the number of complaints received about a service provider as well as resolved complaints;

(g) explore the role of the Ombudsman to ensure that complaints made about government services are efficiently addressed;

(h) explore alternate dispute resolution as a means of settling consumer complaints;    

Informative Websites

And then click on: Information for consumers

  • To understand more of your rights as a consumer and also to determine where to receive the best prices at the supermarket please go to :


And then click on : Calculate retail food prices and Consumers know your rights under the Consumers Guarantees Act Chapter 326E

and then click on : The Legal Profession Act Cap. 370A

There are no guidelines for medical fees in Barbados at present. However, you may wish to read a report from the FTC on Fee Setting in Professions 11 at:  www.ftc.gov.bb/










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Friday, 10 February 2017 09:43

Director Spotlight - Jean Springer

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THE virtue of nurturing pulses through Jean Springer’s veins. Whether through her more than four decades in nursing, tending to her garden or volunteering with BARP and other organisations, the 79 year old brings loads of attentive care to the task at hand.

In July, 2015, Jean retired as a director after serving in the post for over 10 years. During her tenure, she served under all six BARP presidents, and was instrumental in expanding the reach and membership of the association.

Coming from a family of nurses, after completing schooling at the then St Michael Girl’s School, Jean studied nursing in London and later in Canada. Indeed she was first approached to join BARP while still working at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, but declined because she did not think she would be able to “give of my best” to BARP while coping with her workload.

After retiring as matron, Jean joined BARP recalling “there were only about 600 members, so they needed support and new members in the association. They were just trying to attract persons because they felt that together you would be able to accomplish things for the older persons in society.”

Volunteering a lot of her time, she enjoyed working at the reception area and doing administrative work, recalling: “. . . I met so many people. Some were workmates, old schoolmates or old neighbours that I hadn’t seen in ages”. After three years as a member, Jean was then asked to become a director.

“I think I have done my bit and I thought someone else can have a chance, so I retired so someone else can make a contribution. That is not to say that if they ask me to do something that I wouldn’t do it, but that I feel I have made what contribution that I could,” she said.

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Group Health FAQs

  • When does coverage start? +

    Coverage starts on the 1st of May, 2018.
  • What is Open Enrolment? +

    Open Enrolment is enrolment without medicals
  • When do I sign up? +

    You can sign up at any time during the Open Enrolment period from the 1st of January 2018 to 30th March 2018.
  • Where do I sign up? +

    You can sign up at the BARP office in Hastings and at CGM Gallagher’s office in Haggatt Hall
  • Do I have to provide Evidence of Insurability? +

    No, only if you sign up after the 1st of April 2018.
  • What is a Deductible? +

    Your deductible is the initial amount you must pay each year for covered health services before the Insurer will start to pay. You must be mindful of the limits within the plan.
  • Is there an annual deductible? +

    There is an annual Medical deductible of $500.00 per member with a maximum of two per family. The Deductible for the Dental Benefit and the Vision Benefit is $50.00 each.
  • What is Co-payment? +

    A co-payment is a fixed 20% amount you pay toward each medical service since the plan will pay 80% of eligible charges.
  • What is Co-insurance? +

    Coinsurance is a fixed 80%, rather than a flat amount, that the insurer pays toward medical service.
  • When are premium payments due? +

    Premiums are payable monthly and in advance. Payment must be made to the BARP office.
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