Press Release

Office of the Deputy Governor
Department of Human Resources
Release Date:
Friday, 1 December 2017 - 11:49am

Team Project Uplift has furthered its scope and began outreach sessions on the sister islands this week.

The team visited Virgin Gorda on Wednesday, November 29, and interacted with a mixed group of public officers at the Virgin Gorda Administration Complex.  This was followed by individual support sessions and a short group session with firemen at the Virgin Gorda Fire Station.

Two groups from Team Project Uplift will travel to Jost Van Dyke and Anegada today, Friday, December 1, to continue their outreach sessions structured to assist public officers in the recovery process following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. 

Programme Coordinator, Mrs. Noreen Callwood Lewis, is motivated by the number of public officers who continue to embrace these interactive sessions, which addresses their emotional wellbeing following the direct hit to the Territory from the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the Atlantic.

Commenting on the Wednesday sessions, Mrs. Callwood Lewis added that the support sessions provide an avenue to share, dialogue and embrace the emotions which accompanied this experience.  It also gives participants strategies necessary for adjusting to their ‘new normal'.

Scores of public officers have been touched by the Project Uplift group support sessions on Tortola.  These include departmental sessions for Information and Public Relations, Virgin Islands Fire Services, Cabinet Office, Survey Department and Agriculture Department. 

Officers representing other departments also attended joint support sessions.  To date, more than 200 officers have been impacted and the number continues to increase as the Project Uplift team continues to spread the message of Hope and Resilience

A number of other departments are scheduled to participate in the group support sessions before the close of 2017.  Officers can telephone the helpline at 468-9889 to schedule their individual support session or department heads can request departmental sessions.

The Project Uplift group support sessions are coordinated by the Employee Relations Unit of the Department of Human Resources, and provide an interactive support movement for public officers to aid in post Hurricanes Irma and Maria recovery.  Give them a call today at 468-9889. 


Colene A. Penn

Head of Communications
Recovery and Development Agency
Tel: +1 (284) 345-2776 | Mobile: +1 (284) 345-3387