The Barbados Association of Retired Persons has established a charitable trust to fulfil the growing demands for financial assistance from its members.
Since its inception, BARP has had a personal assistance fund to provide small grants for household or medical purposes to members who need assistance in meeting these costs.
But as the association's membership has grown, BARP has realized that it needs to raise additional funds, and can no longer rely solely on contributions from its existing membership to help those in need.
Retired high court judge, Justice Elneth Kentish, is chair of the BARP Charitable Trust. Former permanent secretary, Teresa Marshall, is vice-chairman; chartered accountant, Senator Lindell Nurse is treasurer; and retired computer manager. Robert Williams, is secretary to the trust. Insurance executive, Clyde Williams; director of the child care board, Joan Crawford, retired matron, Jean Springer; and communications consultant, Dr. Sharon Marshall are the other trustees.
Applications for assistance are once again being accepted by the committee. BARP members must have been in good standing for the last three consecutive years in order to benefit from this assistance.