The Safeguarding Directorate is soon to launch a campaign entitled ‘CARE’: Caring And Respecting Everyone.

There are a number of vacancies within the Safeguarding Directorate, including: Carers, Senior Carers and Heads of Care across all residential services supporting older people and adults with additional needs. This campaign aims to recruit local carers for those who need the extra support to maintain a degree of independence.

Quality Assurance & Policy Consultant, Gavin (Jack) Thomas, said:

“All of our residents and tenants are special individuals and deserve the best quality care and support. We are keen to prepare and develop the right people with the right attitude to join our existing teams of staff. Together we can make a difference.”

The launch event is scheduled to take place at the Princess Royal Community Care Complex in September 2018.

As part of the ‘CARE’ campaign, members of the Safeguarding Directorate will also be conducting a Roadshow in early September, whereby Safeguarding staff will be out and about in the community to meet with anyone wanting to know more about the Directorate and/or considering a career in social care.

Confirmed dates and times for the Roadshow will be published at a later date.

For more information, please contact:

Gavin (Jack) Thomas at Brick House on tel: 22713 or via email:

Sherrilee Phillips at Brick House on tel: 22713 or via email:

Wendy Henry at Princess Royal Community Care Complex on tel: 23090 or via email:

 #StHelena #Safeguarding #Campaign #CARE

22 August 2018

As part of their Higher Education preparation paths, the St Helena Community College (SHCC) offers members of the community an opportunity to enrol for an Access to Higher Education Diploma.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a regulated UK qualification designed to prepare mature students for university study, while also being a valuable qualification in itself. It is a Level 3 qualification which gives people the knowledge and skills needed in a specific subject area. In the UK, an Access to Higher Education Diploma is equivalent to earning three A-levels.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma aims to:

  • Prepare adults who do not have the necessary qualifications to enter university
  • Offer a general introduction to study skills and key areas of knowledge within the subject(s) taken
  • Help people to become independent, self-directed learners, and prepare them for the demands of undergraduate study
  • Offer a positive and supportive learning experience where people can build their skills and confidence

Director of Education & Employment, Shirley Wahler, said:

“Access Diplomas provide a great way for working adults, with few formal qualifications, to gain a strong academic foundation in their field of choice. For a mature candidate, an Access Diploma offers the equivalent of three A-levels, but it can be earned in as little as one year. Working adults can easily study for an Access Diploma part-time.”

Each Access Course, offered via distance learning, allows you to choose from a range of study programmes. Full Access Courses are designed to take, on average, one academic year to complete. The Access to Higher Education Diploma requires 60 credits – 15 are ungraded and 45 are graded. The grades available are Pass, Merit, and Distinction.

An Access to Higher Education Diploma is recognised by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), a UK-based organisation whose main role is to operate the application process for British universities.

A poster detailing Higher Education preparation paths can be found here.

#StHelena #Education #SHCC #AccessToHigherEducationDiplomas #OpportunitiesForAll #SomethingForEveryone

22 August 2018


A reward of £500 is being offered for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person/s responsible for the theft of a white Land Rover, registration number 1397.

This vehicle was stolen from the taxi bay next to Greenlands, Jamestown, on the night of Saturday, 30 September 2017, and was recovered from a lane behind the Kingdom Hall, Longwood, on Sunday, 1 October 2017.

This vehicle is very distinctive. It is white in colour, but the driver and passenger doors are painted black. It has a white hard top with a full metal roof-rack. The wheels are white, metal rim, with five retaining wheel nuts.

The spare wheel to this vehicle was taken when it was left abandoned. It had been fitted with a brand new INVOVIC tyre, sized 245 x 70 x 16. This is of immense interest to the police and, despite the theft taking place last year, police ask that if any member of the public has been offered for sale a Land Rover wheel of this description, or knows of anyone coming into possession of such a wheel since the theft took place, to contact the police on tel: 22626 or email: Your call will be taken in confidence.

St Helena Police Detective Constable, Joe Phippard, said:

“It is unfortunate that a few individuals feel the need to take other’s property, which in this case has a real financial loss to the owner. Not only is the vehicle now out of service but there is the additional cost of repair. The public have proven before that by working together, we can make a real difference. Let’s find those who are responsible for this theft. Someone out there will have knowledge of this theft and the whereabouts of the spare wheel. Remember, there is a reward of £500 being offered for the information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.”

#StHelena #StHelenaPolice #Theft #Appeal #Reward /

22 August 2018

The following is a public announcement from the St Helena Public Accounts Committee:

A formal session of the St Helena Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will take place at 9am in the Council Chamber on Tuesday, 28 August, and Wednesday, 29 August 2018.

The programme of business on 28 August will include the 2016/17 Financial Statements of Solomon & Company (St Helena) Plc and the St Helena Fisheries Corporation.

The programme of business on 29 August will include the Corporate Governance of SHG Group Entities Performance Audit Report and the 2016/17 Financial Statements of the Bulk Fuel Installation, St Helena Currency Fund and Saint Helena National Trust.

Members of the public and interested persons are invited to attend.

The meeting will be broadcast live via SAMS Radio 1.

21 August 2018

Executive Council met today with three items on the Open Agenda. For the first item, Council sat as the Planning Authority and considered an application from Connect Saint Helena Ltd to install Phase 2 of the Solar Farm situated at the Ex-Rifle Range Site in Half Tree Hollow.

The Acting Chief Planning Officer was in attendance for this item and took Members through the key points in the Planning Officer’s Report. It was noted that outline planning permission had already been given by Executive Council in October 2016 and that the application for full development permission was made in October 2017.

It was pointed out that there were new Members sitting on Executive Council who would not have been privy to previous discussions on this development. Council agreed therefore to defer a decision until a site visit could take place to view the area under consideration.

The next item on the agenda related to the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) which guides SHG’s planning and budgeting process. The MTEF process requires the determining of priorities for the forthcoming planning period and Council was asked to advise whether the prioritised list of strategic objectives should be approved as a part of this process. There was a late request by Members for additional information and it was agreed that the item should be deferred.

The final item was a presentation of the St Helena Tourism Marketing Implementation Plan 2018/19 by the Director of Tourism. The marketing plan underpins Tourism’s marketing strategy and Members were pleased to note that the plan includes specific actions to support Enterprise St Helena’s efforts to market St Helena to both independent travellers as well as to specific niche markets.

The meeting closed at 1.10pm.


21 August 2018

The following is a Public Announcement from the Environment & Natural Resources Directorate (ENRD):

The Rock Guards of ENRD would like to inform the public that the area from West Rocks to Breakneck Valley, below the Ladder Hill guns, will be closed between 9am and 11am on Friday, 24 August 2018.

This closure is to enable the Rock Guards to carry out controlled rockfall clearance of the hillsides.

The Roads Section would like to thank the public in advance for their cooperation.

21 August 2018


The following is a Public Announcement regarding the scheduled Dark Skies public consultation sessions:

Due to the recent flight delay, the following public consultation sessions that were due to take place this week with Dark Skies Lighting Consultant, James Paterson, have been cancelled:

Date Venue
Monday, 20 August  HTH Community Centre
Wednesday, 22 August  Kingshurst Community Centre, St Paul’s
Thursday, 23 August  Harford Community Centre, Longwood

Further information regarding the public consultation sessions will be released as soon as the flight arrival details have been confirmed.

 The Dark Skies legislation and Lighting Management Plan will mitigate light pollution in order to preserve and sustain the natural environment of St Helena. Introducing Dark Skies legislation will enable St Helena to apply for International Dark Sky Status with the International Dark Sky Association (IDA).

20 August 2018

Public consultation on the draft St Helena Building Regulations 2018 will end tomorrow, Tuesday 21 August 2018. This document is significantly important to all contractors, architects/draftsmen, stakeholders and importers on St Helena.

If you have not had a chance to view or comment on the draft document, ENRD Building Inspectors will be available for final one-to-one meetings and/or small group drop-in sessions with members of the public in their office at Essex House tomorrow, from 9.30am to 12.30pm, to discuss the document.

Copies of the draft St Helena Building Regulations 2018 are available at the Public Library, Customer Services Centre, Essex House, Prince Andrew School and both hard and electronic copies are available upon request. The document, along with the current St Helena Building Regulations 2001, and a summary of the draft, is also available on the SHG website, under the Public Consultations section of the Publications page:

Anyone wishing to make any comments on the document may do so in writing to the Building Inspectors, Environment & Natural Resources Directorate, Essex House, Jamestown, or via email: or by 4pm on Tuesday, 21 August 2018.

20 August 2018


A meeting of Executive Council will take place in the Council Chamber at 9.30am tomorrow, Tuesday 21 August 2018.

The following items will be discussed on the Open Agenda:

  • Application for Full Development Permission, HTH Solar Farm Phase 2
  • Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) 2019/20-2021/22 Strategic Objectives

These papers (ExCo Memos) are available online at the following link:

Members of the public who would like to view hard copies of the ExCo Memos should contact the Acting Clerk of Councils, Anita Legg, at the Castle on tel: 22590 or via email:

Elected Members serving on Executive Council are Councillors Anthony Green, Lawson Henry, Christine Scipio-O’Dean, Derek Thomas and Russell Yon.

Non-voting members of Executive Council are Chief Secretary, Susan O’Bey, Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, and Attorney General, Sara O’Donnell.

#StHelena #ExCoMeeting /

20 August 2018

The St Helena Police Directorate was pleased to welcome Year 12 Prince Andrew School student, Brittney Coleman, for work experience between 13 and 16 August during her end-of-school year holidays.

During this time, Brittney, who is working towards a career in Criminal Psychology & Forensics, received an insight into the work of the Police.

Brittney said:

“This opportunity has been very insightful, and has given me the chance to get an idea about what goes on inside the Police Directorate. It has been very interesting, allowing me to familiarise myself with different topics, making a real positive impact on my career choice. I would definitely encourage other young people to gain work experience with the Police Directorate.”

Acting Chief Inspector, Jonathan Thomas, said:

“It was a pleasure hosting Brittney. We were more than happy to assist her in working towards her chosen career path and we wish her well with her studies.”

#StHelena #StHelenaPolice #PASStudent #WorkExperience

20 August 2018