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Social Services



Department Roles

The Social Services Department plays a critical role in enhancing the well-being and quality of life for individuals and communities within the district. Key duties and responsibilities include:

  • Providing support for vulnerable populations, including children, the elderly, people with disabilities, and low-income families.
  • Collaborating with local organizations, community leaders, and government agencies to address social issues, such as poverty, unemployment, and healthcare access.
  • Implementing community development initiatives, such as education, healthcare, and livelihoods programs, to improve the quality of life for residents.
  • Facilitating access to social welfare services, including food assistance, housing support, and vocational training.
  • Promoting gender equality, youth development, and the inclusion of marginalized groups.
  • Raising awareness about social issues and mobilizing community members to participate in development initiatives.
  • Conducting research and assessments to identify and address social needs within the district.
  • This department generally looks after the welfare of the community. The Social Services Officer liaises with the social welfare department, the District Development Coordinator’s office, NGO’s with regards to disadvantaged persons, welfare programs e.g. social welfare payments, food for work. The department’s objective is to equip education & health institutions with basic equipment to ensure improved services to the community. They also aim at providing low cost housing and primary health services in the local government area as seen by the free medication, low consultation fees, mobile clinic etc.Everyone is thus entitled to a good health facility near their homes and a good education as well. Practicing people’s rights thus cascades to democracy and latter into good practice of good governance. Working hand in hand with other Government departments that complement the work being done by the department is an advantage too. The Ministry of Youth provides the department with a work force in different wards to assist in the projects and in return the youths get experience in self-empowerment courses namely, building, brickmolding and roofing. Participation of the community is thus evident as well as other stakeholders come in to develop the District at the same time developing their own skills. This activity brings about participation as an element of Social and further relating to Sociology of Developmentas is portrayed by the working together of government departments at a decentralized level from the grass root up in terms of rural development and youth empowerment.