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Monday, 24 September 2018 21:49

BARP Globe Finance Visa Card Discontinued

BARP has been informed of the following:

On September 4, 2018, the shareholders of Globe Finance Inc. and Signia Financial Group Inc. entered into an agreement to amalgamate their businesses to form a new company, SigniaGlobe Financial Group Inc. As a result of this amalgamation, and after careful review, the new company’s Board of Directors has taken the decision to discontinue the Globe Finance Inc./BARP VISA International credit card product.

Effective Friday October 25, 2018, related services to members of the BARP community holding this card, will terminate and all balances transferred to our associated company, Cave Shepherd and Company Limited. Separate correspondence advising of these developments will be sent to each BARP member in possession of a card.

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 14 September 2018 14:18

BARP Charitable Trust $10,000 Scholarship

BARP CHARITABLE TRUST OFFERING $10,000 ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDIES ON AGEING  

BRIDGETOWN (Friday, September 13, 2018)– As Barbados celebrates Senior Citizens Month in September, and we look towards the United Nations International Day of Older Persons on October 1, 2018, the charitable arm of the Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP) is urging more Barbadians to pursue studies in areas such as Geriatrics and Gerontology.

ElnethKentishChairman of the BARP Charitable Trust, Justice Elneth KentishThe BARP Charitable Trust is doing more than talking. It is encouraging academic study in an area that will benefit older persons, such as those who are members of BARP. Therefore it is offering an annual scholarship to nationals of Barbados pursuing full-time post-graduate studies related to ageing at the University of the West Indies (UWI). The scholarship is tenable for one academic year, and the value is BDS$10,000.

Globally, there are currently 700 million people over the age of 60, and this figure is expected to rise to 2 billion by 2050. In Barbados, it is projected that by 2050 between 25 and 33 percent of the Barbados population will be aged 65 and over.

Chairman of the BARP Charitable Trust, Justice Elneth Kentish, says, “Given these statistics, careers in areas dealing with the elderly should be regarded as growth areas. This is precisely what the Trust is trying to encourage with the offer of a scholarship aimed at generating research in matters relating to ageing. So far, we have been able to award two scholarships. It would be really unfortunate if our scholarship funds are not taken advantage of.”

The BARP Charitable Trust Scholarship is administered by the UWI. Applicants should contact the School for Graduate Studies and Research, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.

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Sunday, 09 September 2018 12:12

BARP Statement for Senior Citizens Month

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BARP STATEMENT FOR SENIOR CITIZENS MONTH, SEPTEMBER 2018

The Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP) is happy once again to laud and honour our members as well as the wider body of senior citizens in this month of September as the country celebrates Senior Citizens Month.  BARP pledges to continue its mission as the authentic voice of the elderly in Barbados and to lend support to our sister organisations in other CARICOM countries and beyond. We acknowledge that our senior citizens have laid the foundation by their steadfast work in the past in contributing to the prosperity and stability of our country. BARP takes this opportunity to congratulate our living centenarians and especially those who have already reached and those who are looking forward to, this milestone during the current year.  As the President, Mr. Edward Bushell, has promised at our recent AGM we hope to inaugurate in the near future BARP Century Club as a token of our appreciation in honour of our centenarians.

BARP congratulates the new Government on its success at the recent polls and welcomes the decision to establish a Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs which you may recall was one of the proposals we had put to the political parties in the BARP Manifesto Proposals during the elections. We pledge to work with this Ministry as it rolls out its plan for the welfare of our senior citizens. One important element of those plan that BARP would like to see is comprehensive legislation on all matters of elder affairs, particularly legislation against elder abuse in all its forms whether physical, sexual, financial or psychological and the like. BARP, like all right-thinking persons, abhors elder abuse and strongly advocates that it should be eradicated where ever it raises its ugly head.  The legislation should also deal with such matters as the regulation of elder care homes, both public and private, the rights of the elderly and perhaps something resembling a Charter for the Elderly.

Health issues are a major concern of the elderly. In this regard, it is arguably the major achievement of BARP during the year to have negotiated through CGM Gallagher Insurance Brokers, a Group Life and Health Insurance Plan underwritten by Sagicor Life Inc., Bryden’s Insurance Inc and The Beacon Insurance Co. Ltd. I am happy to say that this plan was enthusiastically welcomed by our members and we sincerely hope that it will succeed and endure for years to come. We encourage all eligible members especially, new members, to join the Plan.

Let us however be mindful that preparing for old age is based, in part, on the foundation of a healthy life style both mentally and physically. BARP always encourages its members, and this appeal also goes out to the wider community, notably to practise healthy eating “just a pinch of salt”; and promoted its gardening project which has morphed into the formation of the BARP Green Thumbs Club whose members are eager to continue gardening activities in their respective communities. We hope that such activities are readily accepted wherever they are started.

BARP congratulates those organisations, like the National Assistance Board and church groups who have established day care centres for the elderly where educational, social and recreational activities take place to enhance the mental, psychological and physical well-being of the elderly. It is important that our seniors “get out of the house” to socialize with their peers. We would appeal to those organisations who have the necessary facilities to open their doors to our seniors.

In celebrating Seniors Citizens Month, mention must be made of assistance that can be extended to those senior citizens in need. BARP has recognised this situation and has moved since last year to transform its personal assistance fund into a functioning BARP Charitable Trust which began its operations in February of this year. The mission of the Trust is to provide assistance to those who find themselves in dire financial difficulties. It also renders assistance for the advancement of education by the provision of scholarships, bursaries or other awards to study in the area of gerontology. We encourage donations to the Trust as these are tax deductible and such donations provide the necessary wherewithal for the Trust to carry out its important functions.

BARP will continue to negotiate with the private sector in order to expand the programme of concessions which its membership enjoys and which provides a necessary cushion to the ever-rising cost of living.

Finally, BARP continues to adhere to is vision to create a Barbados and a wider Caribbean society in which all 50 plus people live with dignity and independence, safety and security realising their well-being, aspirations and goals. The organisation will endeavour to be recognised as an outstanding leader of the 50 plus people through excellent service delivery, vigorous advocacy, promotion of lifelong learning for personal realisation, capacity enhancement and sound governance.

We wish that Senior Citizens Month be a blessing to and a joyous time for our elders.

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Friday, 07 September 2018 18:07

Life Benefit & Group Health Packages

For members enrolled in the Life Benefit and Group Health Insurance Plan, packages are available for pick up from CGM Insurance Brokers, Haggatt Hall, St. Michael daily.

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Group Health FAQs March 2020

  • When can I pay premiums or pay in advance? +

    Please be advised , Effective April 1, payments will be accepted with respect to the renewal and members will be able to pay in advance if they wish after April 1, 2020. Also, persons who wish to pay in advance now can pay Gallagher either through the drop down menu on RBC or as a Third Party payment on all other banks.
  • Does sure pay facilitate online payments for the BARP members? +

    SurePay unfortunately at this time does not extend its online payment option to BARP Members.
  • Will a grace period be implemented for those members who cannot leave their homes (COVID-19 Measures/Fears) or have no means of making online payments? +

    In light of the current situation the country faces with COVID-19 and the anticipated restrictions that will be imposed as matters develop, note that we spoke to insurers who are fully aware and have communicated their willingness to work with us the broker and the members of BARP during this ordeal. Insurers understand the situation is a fluid one which may therefore require the panel to revisit their position and/or decisions as the situation evolves/progress. At this stage, both insurers and the Gallagher team are encouraging that members consider using the online payment option, through Gallagher Payee option on RBC Royal Bank or Gallagher online Third Party transfers for all other banks to facilitate payment of premiums where it may be difficult to utilize any of the other payment options available, or, where certain restrictions imposed by the authorities will pose a challenge.

    Notwithstanding, do note if the online option is not possible in your case, that insurers are happy to extend the payment deadline to May 31st, pending further updates from the authorities. At that point, should developments pose a further problem or restrictions remain in place, a further extension will be contemplated and communicated. Kindly note that members will be held covered during this time.

  • How can I get f get further information? +

    Should BARP members have additional queries our team at Gallagher is readily available to assist. Queries can be sent to our general This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or BARP members may contact any of our team members listed below:

    Jeannette Barrow 246-434-2215 or 246-826-5821 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Kevin Carter 246-434-2228 or 246-231-7244 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Alison Best 246-434-2225 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Kerrie-Ann White 246-434-2251 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Darryl Chandler 246-434-2264 or 246-231-5483 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Tito Gulstone 246-434-2243 or 246-230-4807 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Karen 246-434-2236 or 246-230-4814 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Michelle Rock 246-434-2267 or 246-234-4827 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Rosalind Bowen 246-434-2248 or 246-231-7879 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Scott Stollmeyer 246-434-2234 or 246-233-7698 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Gallagher Insurance Brokers (Barbados) Limited. Stanley Centre, Haggatt Hall, St. Michael, BB11059, Barbados.

    www.gallaghercaribbean.com

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