News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – “On behalf of the Government of Bermuda, I applaud the Salvation Army, facilitators, participants, and everyone involved in bringing this milestone to fruition. It is always inspiring to hear of initiatives, such as ‘Come to the Well’, specifically for our seniors. This programme provides valuable information and services to our community and creates opportunities to impact people for life,” said the Minister of Social Development and Seniors, Tinée Furbert.
“The Salvation Army, through its varying programmes continues to bring hope to many. ‘Come to the Well’ is unique in that it seeks to provide a holistic approach to healing the mind, body, and soul,” said Captain Dwayne Barnes, Salvation Army Bermuda.
“During and after the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw Bermuda, like many other countries dealing with several crises, with people experiencing loss in every possible way. Many seniors sought spiritual and mental wellness support through The Salvation Army North Street Center, and because of this need, ‘The Come to the Well’ programme was formed.”
The aim of the programme is to reach seniors by promoting the benefits of health and well-being for people of all backgrounds, including topics on:
- Current Expectations
- Communication Skills
- Managing Stress I & II
- External Actions
- Family Behaviour Management
- What is different for you now?
Minister Furbert added: “When I think of coming to the well, I think, ‘Anyone who desires a drink from the well can freely drink from the water of life.’ This theme is relevant to many’s social challenges and will help us persevere. It also emphasises our lifetime need for the water of life.
“Salvation Army and facilitators, thank you for creating this programme to support our community. The fact that a trained physiotherapist and counselor were included in this journey is a testament to how intentional and valuable this programme is.”
Minister Furbert concluded: “To those who participated in the programme, I hope that the valuable information learned is ingrained in your thoughts forever, and you can use it and rely on it when you need it the most.”