SOCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOCUS AREAS, THEMATIC AREAS OR FIELDS OF OPERATION
The Department is headed by a Social Services Officer who is charged with the responsibility to provide services that promote the welfare of the marginalised residents of the district of Bulilima through socio-economic empowerment, poverty alleviation programmes and It focuses on seven thematic areas namely health, education, water and sanitation, housing, youth development, community empowerment and HIV/AIDS and OVCs.
The Department also spearheads implementation of programmes designed to uplift the welfare of the community. Programmes include inter alia those ear marked to fight against Sexual and Gender Violence, and all other forms of violence, the HIV/AIDS scourge, poverty alleviation and many others. These are mainly one through other players and the department co-ordinates the activities.
Services are normally rendered in the areas of Education, Health, Housing, Water and Sanitation, women, youth, arts and cultural development. The successful delivery of the services continues to depend on the assistance from private companies, individual community members and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Council has not been able to avail funds to drive community programmes alone.
The department focuses on seven areas which are:
- Education sector
- Health sector
- Housing sector
- Water and sanitation
- HIV/AIDS and OVCs
- Community empowerment
- Youth development
The Social Services department aims at developing and upgrading infrastructure within the district through facilitating the construction of schools, refurbishment of the same. Currently the district consists of 65 primary schools and 17 secondary schools hence the construction programmes mostly focus on secondary schools construction so as to create a balancing ratio of primary schools to secondary schools and also deal with the challenges faced in the district of long distances to and from school by children.
The department together with the community develops and upgrades health infrastructure to suit the developments in the health fraternity nationwide. Currently there are nine operational Rural Health centres under Council. Seven (7) are under construction and are at different stages of development.
The department in conjunction with the Roads department focuses on residential stands allocation within the district mainly in four wards which are Figtree, Madlambudzi, Ndiweni and Somnene respectively. The department also keeps a record of the stand rentals through created files and database which consist of the arrears and monthly payments made by the stand owners. Also the department tracks down those allocated stands, invoices and reminds stand owners of their arrears.
WATER AND SANITATION
The department is part of the District Water and Sanitation Sub-Committee (DWSSC) which sees to the co-ordination of water and sanitation activities therefore ensuring that the populace of Bulilima district has access to sufficient and clean water. This is done through collaborating with other stakeholders in the DWSSC communities and non-governmental organizations in sitting, prioritizing areas were water crisis are faced and provision of clean water sources for schools, clinics and communities in the Bulilima district thus aiding in the prevention of water borne diseases.