Mission Statement

To create and implement programs, and offer services that will promote the ongoing improvement of the well-being of the society.


  • Provide counselling services to the General Public.
  • Provide support services to troubled juveniles and families.
  • Raise the level of awareness of gender related issues.
  • Provide support services for persons experiencing crises arising from personal or natural disasters with the view to assisting them back to self-sufficiency.
  • Welfare assistance to economically disadvantaged persons in society.
  • Initiate projects/programs (long and short term) to foster the development of positive attitudes with respect to family, gender, youth and the aged community.
  • Create and maintain services geared to improve the quality of life of the elderly.
  • Provide support and cooperation to other Departments and Ministries whose activities/programs are complementary/supplementary to the effectiveness of the department.
  • To assist youth groups with technical and other support for the achievement of their objectives.
  • Develop appropriate programs and projects towards achieving the overall advancement of youth.
  • Commemorate internationally recognized days which focus on youth, the elderly, gender and the family as a unit.
  • Keep relevant and accurate statistics which would assist in evaluating the provision of existing services, serve as information for the General Public and inform the Government’s plan for future social change and development.
  • Research and inform on innovations in social services delivery and social work.


To impact Nevisian society with programs and services to the extent where social wellbeing is achieved and maintained.

Sustainable Priorities

  • Formulate and maintain effective social programs at each Department Division level.
  • Monitor and control cash and in kind assistance that would prevent dependency on such services and promote self-sufficiency among our clients when this is possible.
  • Keep accurate and consistent statistics of social services delivered.
  • Access training for all staff members.
  • Motivate staff to achieve high level of performance.
  • Concentrate on an integrated approach to interdepartmental planning and delivery of programs.
  • Maintain national, regional and international collaborations which would enhance our service delivery.


The Social Development Department is committed to:

  • Quality Service: We strive to provide quality programs and services that would positively impact the lives of our clients.
  • Confidentiality:  We are committed to treating clients’ information and exchanges with confidentiality to the extent where we can legally and morally do so.
  • Innovation:  To devise new methods of service and program delivery when this is necessary and to keep abreast of regional innovations in social service practices.
  • Teamwork:  We foster and encourage teamwork and recognize that it is critical to the functioning of each division and the department as a whole.
  • Multi-disciplinary Approach to Social Service Delivery:  We endeavour to practice this approach, cognizant of our limited resources, and recognizing the value and of soliciting the input and services of other professionals in our field if we are to provide our clients with the best possible service.
  • Responsibility:  Each officer is empowered to fulfil their responsibilities.
  • Performance:  Each officer knows what their responsibilities are and are aware of the expected desired results.  Performance evaluation will focus on their knowledge of their duties and the expected results they should achieve.

Nevis Social Development Minister marks World Social Work Day

The following is an address by Hon. Eric Evelyn, Minister of Community Development in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) in observance of World Social Work Day on March 20, 2018.

Dept. of Social Services Seniors Division honours five senior men for cultural preservation

The focus shifted to male seniors, as the Social Services Department, Seniors Division in the Ministry of Social Development singled out five men for their contribution to cultural preservation. The gesture also serves to bring greater awareness to the Seniors Programme.

NIA continues to demonstrate seniors matter, Social Development Minister Brantley says

Hon. Mark Brantley, Deputy Premier of Nevis and Senior Minister in the Ministry of Social Development, says the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) continues to demonstrate that the seniors on Nevis matter.

13 families benefit from Social Services Department’s RISE pilot programme on Nevis

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (December 08, 2016) — Thirteen single-parent families have benefited and are in better financial situations after three years on the Restore Inspire Secure and Empower (RISE) programme on Nevis. The pilot programme commenced in 2013.   Junior Minister in the Ministry of Social Development Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams said at a sitting of […]

Nevis Health Official lauds Social Services for care of seniors

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (NOVEMBER 05, 2015) — Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health on Nevis Nichole Slack-Liburd, congratulated the Ministry of Social Development for providing the necessary health and social services relevant to the care of the elderly on Nevis.   Slack- Liburd expressed appreciation when she delivered remarks at a recent Thanksgiving Service at the […]

Nevis Social Services Department’s Motherhood – A Legacy of Love project garners interest

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (JUNE 04, 2015) — Counsellor attached to the Gender Affairs Division of the Department of Social Services Wayne Maynard, says he is pleased with the public’s response to a new initiative to honour mothers in Nevis but believes that there is still room for greater monetary donations.   Maynard told the Department […]

7th Annual Summer Job Attachment Programme a Success

  (l-r) Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Development Alsted Pemberton with student Infatari Hanley. CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (August 20, 2010) — 45 students from high schools on the island, yesterday (Thursday August 19, 2010) graduated from the Nevis Island Administration’s 7th annual Summer Job Attachment Programme.

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