World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is recognised every year on 15 June. WEAAD is an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding and raise awareness of abuse and neglect of older persons. This year’s theme is ‘Lifting Up Voices’ and the colour for the day is ‘purple’.

The Children & Adults Social Care Directorate is leading on a number of initiatives to give service users, residents and tenants an active voice, promote their safety and wellbeing, and improve their life opportunities. These initiatives are evolving and include: a regular health MOT in partnership with the Health Directorate and coordinated by Community & Residential Disability Manager, Nicky Adams, a resident-led committee for residents of the Princess Royal Community Care Centre (CCC), and a befriending service across the Directorate.

Quality Assurance & Policy Lead, Gavin (Jack) Thomas, said:

“For many people who live alone or without social companionship, life can be lonely and isolating, and if they have restricted mobility, additional needs or suffering from long-term illnesses, all this can lead to increased illness, loneliness and isolation.

“One way for an older person, someone with additional needs or someone with restricted mobility to have improved life is to meet regularly with a caring visitor with whom to chat, have a drink, a meal, attend places of worship, go shopping, or visit a place of interest.

“To celebrate WEAAD 2019, we want to hear from anyone interested in becoming a befriender of the Children & Adults Social Care Directorate. Anyone wishing to find out more about volunteering for this personally rewarding role, should contact myself or Assistant Director, Victoria Kellett, at Brick House on telephone number 22713.

“The resident-led committee is very much in its infancy but we have a promising chairperson who is set to be the ideal advocate and ambassador on behalf of the residents of the CCC. The committee will help us promote and reflect on equality in how we provide care and support. As the committee evolves, it will add value and a clear focus on decision making and inclusion.”

Together we can promote the dignity, respect and safety of our older citizens. Show you care on 15 June by wearing purple, fly a purple flag, light a purple candle, bake and share a purple cake, wear a purple ribbon and most importantly – make every day a ‘purple’ day for our ageing community on St Helena.


#StHelena #Children&AdultsSocialCare #AltogetherSafer #WEAAD



14 June 2019

St Helena Police are currently investigating the theft of a number of plants stolen from the Millennium Forest Nursery between 4pm on Tuesday, 11, and 8.30am on Wednesday, 12 June 2019.

Conservation Projects Officer, Martina Peters, said:

“These plants have taken much valuable time to grow and be cared for, in order to become established. Some of the plants taken were intended for sale, so that profits from sales will be put back into undertaking conservation works at the Millennium Forest. This goes towards staff salaries, transport costs, material and equipment etc.

“Also stolen were a number of Ebony plants, the Ebony is endemic to St Helena Island and protected under the Environmental Protection Ordinance 2016 for which the maximum penalty is a fine of £50,000 or imprisonment for 12 months or both.”

If anyone has any information which may assist with this investigation, regardless of how minor it may seem, please contact Police Headquarters on tel: 22626 or email:

#StHelena #StHelenaPolice #AppealForInformation

14 June 2019

St Helena Government (SHG) is aware of an incident in Pretoria today where three St Helenians accompanying medical referral patients were held at gunpoint while out shopping. The three persons were not harmed but some of their belongings were stolen. The persons are safe. They are receiving pastoral support and assistance from MSO and the South African Police are investigating the incident.

The Health Directorate has contacted the families of those affected to make them aware of events.

SHG recognises that people will be concerned following the news of this incident. SHG is liaising with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in Pretoria for further security advice to help St Helenians stay safe whilst abroad.

This is an unfortunate incident which could have happened anywhere in the world. Whilst Pretoria is relatively safe and low-crime by South African standards, sadly criminals can operate anywhere at any time. Patients, their families and all persons overseas are reminded to be extra vigilant particularly in areas where recent crimes have taken place. Keep large amounts of money, expensive jewellery, cameras and phones out of sight and only take with you what you need for the day. Where possible secure your valuables in your hotel room.

Most visits to South Africa are trouble-free, but sensible precautions should be taken to protect your safety.

For further advice visit the FCO’s travel advice online for general information on safety overseas:

 #StHelena /


13 June 2019

The St Helena Community College (SHCC) will host their Learning Opportunities Fair at the College on Wednesday, 26 June 2019, from 10am to 6pm.

The aim of the fair is to promote training opportunities which are available through the SHCC. The event will provide an opportunity to network and share experiences and will promote the importance of continuous education in developing the Island.

Tune in to your local radio stations tomorrow morning to find out more about the Learning Opportunities Fair.

#StHelena #Education #SHCC #OpportunitiesForall #LearningOpportunitiesFair

13 June 2019

  • Limited number of air fares available at approximately £500 (9,077 ZAR) return from July to September 2019
  • Discounted fares apply to journeys that originate in either Johannesburg or St Helena
  • Discounts are offered by a number of Island accommodation providers during this time
  • Opportunity to visit St Helena for a minimum of 14-nights at discounted prices.

A ‘flash sale’ on a limited number of seats to St Helena in July, August and September 2019 will go on sale from tomorrow, Friday 14 June 2019. The sale, along with discounts offered by a number of accommodation providers on-Island, offers the chance for visitors to come to St Helena for a minimum 14-night stay at discounted prices.

There will be a limited number of adult return fares available at approximately £500 (9,077 ZAR) on a first-come, first-served basis for flights in July, August and September subject to ‘W class’ availability. Terms, Conditions and Fare Rules apply. Child and infant fares will be subject to standard fare reductions.

The discounted fares require a minimum of a 14-night stay, are non-refundable and non re-routable.  To qualify, the return journey must be completed by Saturday, 28 September 2019. These fares apply to the Johannesburg to St Helena route, and the St Helena to Johannesburg route.

Accommodation providers on St Helena offering discounts and other incentives include: the Blue Lantern, Consulate Hotel, Farm Lodge, Harkate Guest House, Mantis St Helena, Richards’ Travel Lodge, Somerville Flats and the Town House.  Please contact accommodation providers directly for more information.

Air fare bookings can be made online and through your local travel agent.

For those passengers resident on St Helena, ticket bookings can be made via Solomon & Company (St Helena) Plc’s Shipping & Travel Agency at the Malabar in Jamestown. Passengers can visit the Shipping & Travel Agency in person or contact them via email: or tel: 22523.

The air fare and accommodation discounts give visitors the chance to experience the wonders of St Helena Island, to re-connect with family and friends, and to enjoy the hospitality of the Saints.  Book now to avoid disappointment!

#StHelena #StHelenaAirport #FlashSale #DiscountedAirFares #Airlink



13 June 2019

A meeting of Executive Council will take place in the Council Chamber at 9.30am on Tuesday, 18 June 2019.

The following item will be discussed on the Open Agenda:

  • Establishment of a new Special Fund – Internal Audit Service Special Fund

This paper (ExCo Memo) is available online at the following link:

Members of the public who would like to view hard copies of any ExCo Memos should contact the Clerk of Councils, Anthea Moyce, at the Castle on tel: 22470 or via email:

Elected Members currently serving on Executive Council are Councillors Lawson Henry, Anthony Green, Christine Scipio, Derek Thomas and Russell Yon.

The non-voting members of Executive Council are Chief Secretary, Susan O’Bey, Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, and Acting Attorney General, Allen Cansick.

#StHelena #ExCoMeeting /


13 June 2019

Airlink’s Chief Revenue Officer, Chris Hoare, and Marketing & Sales Manager, Karin Murray, visited St Helena between Saturday, 8, and Sunday, 9 June 2019, for the Air Service Agreement Quarterly Review meeting.

Discussions were held with representatives from the St Helena Government (SHG), Enterprise St Helena (ESH) and Legislative Council. Representatives from the Department for International Development (DFID) joined via telephone link.

Topics included planned marketing activities for 2019 and 2020, discussions around ongoing operations and various operational matters, future plans for the air service, and planning for flights over the coming years, particularly the forthcoming Cape Town flights which are scheduled for December 2019 to February 2020.

Acting Airport Contracts Manager, James Kellett, said:

“Whilst we are in regular dialogue with air service stakeholders, it is very helpful to have face-to-face conversations.  As such we had a useful and wide ranging meeting on a number of topics relating to the air service, discussing the opportunities and challenges associated with operating an air service to St Helena and Ascension.”

SHG, Airlink, ESH and DFID will continue to meet on a regular basis to monitor the performance of the air service, plan for future changes, and to discuss operational matters as they arise.

#StHelena #StHelenaAirport #Airlink #ESH /


12 June 2019


  • Children & Adults Social Care Directorate holds second round of ‘Day-Care Health Check’, in partnership with the Health Directorate
  • ‘Day-Care Health Check’ provides disabled adult clients with regular access to health checks, health information and future health plans
  • 26 clients from the community and residential homes accessed the service on 23 May 2019

In a second round of ‘Day Care Health Check’, 26 clients from the Island community and residential homes were able to access health checks, health information and future health plans during an all-day event at Barnview. Attendees were able to check their height, weight, blood pressure, BMI and blood sugar levels as well as engage in fun day-care activities.

Primary Care & Community Nurse Practitioner, Nicola Anderson, commented:

“The Community Nurses devised a Health Questionnaire and checklist tailored to screen the participants for chronic diseases, collect baseline medical data, identify any potential health problems which may need follow-up, check medications are taken correctly and provide lifestyle advice and brief intervention.

“The Community Nurses were happy to take part in such an important and worthwhile day. This also fits in with the ‘Altogether Healthier’ goal of the Island’s 10-Year Plan.”

The Physiotherapy staff met with six patients, four of whom will require follow-up visits.

Physiotherapist, Bradley Petersen, said:

“I think it was good for us as health care professionals to go out into the community and serve the clients instead of them usually coming to us. This is even more important considering that most of the clients seen that day had some impairment, therefore making them coming out to an appointment very difficult. I understand that this usually requires a bit of admin, getting suitable vehicles for transport or just getting family members or carers involved. This was the outcome of the day as everyone congregated at the same place and was able to see multiple members of the Health Directorate.”

The Dental staff saw 11 patients on the day all of whom required follow-up visits at the Dental Clinic.

Dental Officer, Heather Cowdry, said:

“For us this session was a way of reaching clients who would not ordinarily choose to attend the Dental Clinic, often due to the difficulties they have in doing so, and/or a lack of perceived need for dental care. Having a day dedicated to providing a range of services and screenings enables these clients to be assessed by multiple teams with the minimal disruption and difficulty and by doing so enables future care and treatment needs to be planned in an appropriate manner.”

To date, five clients have already been seen and their treatment completed, two clients are ongoing and the remaining are scheduled to be seen in the next couple of weeks to fit around their schedule.

Community & Residential Disability Manager, Nicolene Adams, concluded:

“By organising and investing in these bi-monthly health checks and health action plans we aim to build relationships of trust with our disabled community and residential clients and their families. We are then able to identify health problems in the early stages by allowing easier access to health services and providing maximum support.

“The provision of the service is a good example of directorates working together to improve the outcomes for the residents of St Helena. In an NHS report written by Dr Matt Hoghton RCGP Medical Director, he states the following: ‘No person can change the world but together we can change the world of one person’.

“I wish to sincerely thank Day Care Officers, Carers, Community Nurses, the Physiotherapy staff , Occupational Therapy staff and Dental Staff who are working together to provide an invaluable service to promote the wellbeing of vulnerable adults in the St Helena community.”

#StHelena #Children&AdultsSocialCare #AltogetherSafer #AltogetherHealthier


12 June 2019

The vision of St Helena’s Sustainable Economic Development Plan (SEDP) is to achieve development for the Island which is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. Delivering this vision involves businesses supplying locally made products, and consumers buying locally sourced products as much as possible.

Solomon & Company (St Helena) Plc has recently made new moves towards achieving this with their introduction and sale of local St Helena Coffee Nespresso compatible capsules (see photo attached).

Solomon’s Chief Executive, Mandy Peters, said:

At Solomons we have been developing our coffee production business over the years, regenerating the 4.5 acre plantation at Bamboo Hedge and establishing a new similarly sized plantation at Wranghams.  On 20 March 2019, we exported our largest volume of green bean coffee to date, at 1,936 kg.  We are also exploring the development of secondary products from the green bean and have trialled the sale of a small consignment of Nespresso capsules of St Helena coffee from Bamboo Hedge and Wranghams. The capsules are packaged in partnership with Sea Island Coffee and make attractive gifts for locals and tourists and are currently available with other locally produced products, at the Star. Mantis St Helena are also carrying the St Helena coffee capsules in their menu offerings.”

SHG’s Chief Economist, Nicole Shamier, added:

On our doorstep lies a coffee industry generating some of the best quality coffee that exists on earth. We see here yet another variety of roasted coffee available in our stores, one which has been made even more accessible as a result of its packaging. This is a great move by Solomons who has provided a new locally made product, it is great news for coffee drinkers, and a positive step towards improving St Helena’s balance of trade.”

#StHelena #SEDP #EconomicDevelopment #LessImportsMoreExports #BuyLocal


11 June 2019

As part of the Children & Adults Social Care Directorate’s ‘CARE’: Caring And Respecting Everyone Campaign, an open-door recruitment event was held at the Princess Royal Community Care Centre (CCC) on Friday, 7 June 2019.

The event allowed interested persons to talk with directorate staff, learn more about working in Social Care and explore a typical day in the life of a Carer. Attendees were also able to meet with some of the residents and were given an overview of life at the CCC. Same-day interviews were also available.

Quality Assurance & Policy Lead, Gavin ‘Jack’ Thomas, said:

“Care work is a fantastic career that allows you to make a real difference to people’s lives every day. We are hopeful that as a result of our CARE campaign, we will be in a position to proceed in making provisional offers of employment, subject to the outcome of suitability checks.

“We want the CARE Campaign to be an example of reaching out to the general public, and our recruitment strategy being a two-way process. We take this opportunity of thanking everyone who supported the CARE Campaign and we look forward to seeing even more people walk through the door at similar events in the future.”

If you were unable to attend the open-door recruitment event but would like to make an appointment to discuss career opportunities in Social Care, please contact Lisa Thomas at Brick House on tel: (00 290) 22713.

Notes to Editor

The Children & Adults Social Care Directorate has various vacancies across residential services supporting older people, services for adults with additional needs, and sheltered housing services. The CARE Campaign aimed to recruit local carers for the residential services, and for individuals requiring support in maintaining a degree of independence and quality of life.

#StHelena # Children&Adults #SocialCare #CARE #CCC


11 June 2019