St Helena is currently experiencing very hot weather conditions, which can start unexpected fires. Items such as magnifying glasses, mirrors and glass paperweights can reflect and concentrate the sun’s rays to a single point, causing any nearby combustible materials such as curtains, clothing, paper or furniture to spontaneously combust.

Due to this process, the sun’s rays are magnified, hence it is a dangerous practice for anyone to leave any glass objects in window sills or within close proximity to any windows that catch direct sunlight. In fact, anything that can concentrate the sun’s rays such as fish bowls, glasses of water, paper weights etc should be kept away from any window to reduce the risk of a potential fire.

Safety tips

  • Keep magnifying mirrors out of direct sunlight
  • Never put glass ornaments or paper weights on window sills
  • Never place ornaments or glass paper weights in direct sunlight
  • Make sure shaving or vanity mirrors are not left on windows sills
  • Close all blinds or curtains when rooms are not in use. If windows do not have blinds, please consider installing them
  • Be aware of all objects in your home or places of work that can concentrate the sun’s rays and remove them to a safer location away from direct sunlight

The St Helena Fire & Rescue Service advises the public to assess their work/home environment to prevent any unexpected fires from occurring.

Should you require any fire safety assistance for your place of work or home, please feel free to contact the St Helena Fire & Rescue Service on tel: 23344.

#StHelena # Fire&RescueService #FireSafety #SafetyAdvice #AltogetherSafer

17 May 2019

The Education Directorate has recently made three new appointments within their team.

Angela Benjamin is the new Assistant Director for Lifelong Learning and will oversee the sectors under Lifelong Learning including the Public Library, the St Helena Community College, the St Helena Research Institute, and the Scholarship scheme.

Angela said:

“To be successful for the role of Assistant Director for Lifelong Learning is a major accomplishment for me and I am proud to accept the position. The role is a diverse and challenging one, but also rewarding. This is a big step in my career and I am looking forward to it. As a team within the Education Directorate, together we will continue to strive to develop the provision of adult learning for the community of St Helena.”

The second new appointment will see Kerry Lawrence take on the post of Assistant Director of Schools.

In her new role, Kerry will provide a professional advisory and support role to the Director of Education to ensure that the key areas of focus in Primary and Secondary Education – Standards and Achievement, School Improvement, School Organisation, Admissions, Behaviours and Attendance – are maintained.

Kerry said:

“I am delighted with this opportunity and look forward to working closely with colleagues across all schools to continue enhancing the teaching and learning experience and learner progress. Leaving Prince Andrew School will be bittersweet as I will certainly miss the student interaction and being at the chalk face, but more significantly the working relationships formed with a fantastic team. However, I anticipate supporting them further in a slightly different capacity as Assistant Director of Schools.”

Lastly, Teacher Training Advisor, Garry Cameron, will depart the Island at the end of June 2019. Frazer Stone, currently teaching at Prince Andrew School, will succeed Garry and take on the role as the new Teacher Training Advisor for the Education Directorate.

Frazer said:

“It is a huge privilege to be involved in the training and development of St Helena’s teachers. Garry Cameron has done an outstanding job and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his hard work and dedication. Following such an outstanding individual really inspires me and he has set the gold standard for my personal expectations as the new Teacher Training Advisor.”

The newly appointed officers will now continue working hard to achieve the goals of the Education Directorate with their focus being to educate and upskill the children and adults of St Helena now and into the future.

Director of Education, Wendy Benjamin, concluded:

“I would like to extend my congratulations to all three officers and wish them well as they undertake their new roles within the Education Directorate.”

#StHelena #Education #NewAppointments

17 May 2019

The SHG Health Directorate is currently running a short survey to help them understand issues that may affect health on St Helena. The directorate can then plan how to address and better prevent these issues for the future.

So far, the Health Directorate has received a very good response, but would like to remind and encourage community members to participate in the survey. The online and paper surveys will close on Monday, 20 May 2019.

You can complete the survey using any of the below options:

  • To take part in the online survey for adult community members, click on the following link:
  • Paper forms of the survey are available at the Public Library in Jamestown. Completed forms can be placed in the ‘Survey Return’ envelope at the Front Desk of the Library
  • Face-to-face surveys are also taking place until end of May 2019

The Health Directorate anticipates the results from the survey will be available by July/August 2019.

#StHelena #HealthDirectorate #Survey #Health #Wellbeing #AltogetherHealthier

17 May 2019


The Social & Community Development Committee (SCDC) held their monthly meeting on Wednesday, 8 May 2019.

Deputy Chief Secretary, Gillian Francis, attended her first meeting as a non-voting member permanently replacing Government Economist, Nicole Shamier.

Adult Social Care Team Manager, Philbert Howell, who recently arrived to the Island on a two-year contract, was warmly welcomed. His experiences include areas of adult care, children’s services and mental health.

The Safeguarding Directorate’s proposal for an Adult Welfare Bill to be drafted was agreed. This legislation does not currently exist on St Helena. The Welfare of Children Ordinance will also need updating.

The need to further refine occasional Liquor Licencing under the Liquor Ordinance was agreed and will be followed through. This will include public consultation.

The update from the Chairman of the Working Group reviewing the Social Security Ordinance highlighted that an optional analysis including recommendations had been compiled. This requires some further consideration but should be ready soon for presentation to the full Committee.

It was noted that the Working Group examining the Immigration Ordinance has set a deadline of 31 December 2019 for revised legislation to be in place prior to which there will be public consultation including on the issue of St Helenian status. Landholding will be addressed separately.

The Committee had no objections to the Safeguarding Directorate being renamed as the Children & Adults Social Care Directorate from 1 June 2019.

The SCDC consists of voting members, Councillors Anthony Green (Chairman), Cyril Leo (Deputy Chairman), Kylie Hercules, Derek Thomas and Gavin Ellick; and non-voting members, Safeguarding Director, Tracy Poole-Nandy, and Deputy Chief Secretary, Gillian Francis. The Committee Secretary was Anne Dillon.

#StHelena #SCDC #MeetingSummary

16 May 2019

Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) Jamestown is currently trialling the use of Pet Therapy within the prison.

Prison Therapists around the world use animals to encourage a positive way of life, as well as to improve aspects such as low self-esteem, forming better relationships with others, communication deficiencies, health and wellbeing.

Prison Manager, Heidi Murray, said:

“We have been lucky enough to have a member of the team, whose dog Pip, has been coming in to the prison over the last few months. Pip is a dog who loves to be patted and fussed over, so she was a natural for coming in to the prison and spending time with the men in our care. The impact is already proving to be a positive one, as she has provoked conversation from prisoners who find communication difficult, and her calm and placid temperament means that some who are not used to dealing with dogs, have become more confident when approaching her.”

Studies have shown that animal assisted therapy programmes within the prison system have a major effect on prisoner rehabilitation. They foster life-enhancing skills such as coping skills, community rehabilitation, responsibility, and enhance the quality of prison life. Focusing solely on punishment will not work for the rehabilitation of offenders. The approach to rehabilitation has to have many strands for it to be effective, and pet therapy is one of the methods being adopted by HMP Jamestown.

HMP Jamestown has now, working alongside Senior Veterinary Officer Joe Hollins, introduced a kitten to the prison. Named Rainbow, the kitten will remain in HMP Jamestown for a four-month probationary period in the first instance. This will allow HMP Jamestown to ascertain whether they are able to deal with the demands of a young kitten, that no-one has allergies in relation to Rainbow, and that they are able to maintain the animal’s health and welfare.

Heidi added:

“Rainbow is already making a big difference to the prison and appears to be very comfortable in his surroundings. His health and welfare is being taken care of by some of our longer-term residents, and hopefully this will provide them with all the benefits that come with animal assisted therapy programmes.

“Added to the benefits for the prisoners, Rainbow was a kitten who could very well have faced the unthinkable if a new home had not been found for him. So hopefully this will be a successful situation all round.”

#StHelena #HMPJamestown #PetTherapy #Rainbow

15 May 2019

Councillors will be holding follow-up Constituency meetings in the following districts in June to provide updates on questions that could not be answered during the meetings held in April.

If there is a particular topic that you would also like discussed, please contact the Secretary to Elected Members on tel: 22590 or email: by no later than Friday, 17 May 2019.

Each meeting will start at 7pm.

Venue Date
Blue Hill Community Centre Monday, 3 June
Harford Community Centre Wednesday, 5 June
Jamestown Community Centre Tuesday, 11 June

#StHelena #Council #ConstituencyMeetings /


14 May 2019

As part of their Neighbourhood Policing Programme, St Helena Police Officers will continue their ‘Beat Surgeries’ in various places around the Island over the coming months.

These surgeries are designed to take place in busy areas where it is easier for more people to attend. Members of the public are encouraged to use these surgeries to raise any concerns or issues affecting them, or to report crimes or give information on any offences or offenders. Police will also be available for community engagement, consultation, help and advice.

Please see below the dates, times and venues for the upcoming surgeries.




Monday, 20 May 9.30am – 11.30am Longwood Supermarket
Saturday, 8 June 2pm – 4pm Ladder Hill areas
Friday, 14 June 4pm – 6pm All Sorts Shop, Sandy Bay
Sunday, 16 June 1pm – 2.30pm Upper Jamestown
Sunday, 7 July 1pm – 2.30pm Jamestown
Friday, 12 July 10am – 12noon Blue Hill
Saturday, 13 July 2pm – 3pm Silver Hill Shop, Levelwood
Friday, 26 July 3pm – 6pm Bottom Woods
Sunday, 28 July 1pm – 3pm Seaview
TBC TBC HTH Supermarket


#StHelena #StHelenaPolice #CommunityEngagement #NeighbourhoodPolicing

14 May 2019

The following is a public announcement from the Police Directorate:

All trained and accredited St Helena Police Officers are now carrying a Conducted Energy Device (CED) commonly known as a Taser.

 To raise awareness and educate the public on the carrying and use of CEDs by St Helena Police, Officers are carrying out a Roadshow in May and June to provide further information. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the presentation in their district. The remaining dates are as follows and all presentations will now start at 7pm:




Sandy Bay Community Centre  Weds, 15 May
Blue Hill Community Centre Mon, 27 May
Kingshurst Community Centre Tues, 28 May
Harford Community Centre Weds, 29 May
Levelwood Community Centre Thurs, 30 May
Jamestown Community Centre Fri, 7 June

14 May 2019

Current hot weather conditions on St Helena mean that it is important for us to keep our bodies hydrated more than normal.

If we don’t consume enough fluids, over time the body will become dehydrated. When the body becomes dehydrated, there are negative effects on mental and physical function and these become more severe as dehydration gets worse. Symptoms of mild dehydration include a dry mouth, headaches, poor concentration and, if standing for long periods, fainting, which could result in concussion and possible head injury.

The Health Directorate recommends the following drink options to keep you hydrated:

Still Water our bodies are made up of 70% water and water helps the brain and body function well. Water should make up the biggest portion of your daily liquids.

Best option for something sweet – swap to a sugar-free drink (mixer juice, cool drinks, flavoured waters)

Second-best sweet option if you want to drink some fruit juice, dilute it with water half and half. Limit the consumption to a couple of times a week at most or otherwise have sugar-free drinks or water.

With St Helena’s Day fast approaching and another potentially hot day of traditional events ahead of us, it is important to remember to stay hydrated, especially when parading. Drink plenty of recommended fluids before attending the day and take fluids with you to consume throughout the parade. You might want to leave a drink with family, friends or a group organiser. Adults should avoid consuming alcohol when exposed to heat or standing for long periods of time.

#StHelena #HealthDirectorate #StayHydrated #AltogetherHealthier

13 May 2019

From Saturday, 1 June 2019, St Helena Government’s (SHG) Safeguarding Directorate will become the Children & Adults Social Care Directorate.

Director Tracy Poole-Nandy explains the reason for the change:

“Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and it cuts across several SHG directorates. We have therefore decided to change the name of the Safeguarding Directorate to Children & Adults Social Care Directorate as it better reflects our vision of ‘working together to promote the wellbeing and safety of vulnerable children and adults in the community of St Helena’.

“The safety of children, young people, and vulnerable adults, is of paramount importance to the services and support we provide and when people see the name of our directorate this is what we want them to recognise.”

The change in name has received a positive response from the Social Community & Development Committee and arrangements will now be made to formally adopt the new directorate name.

#StHelena #Children&AdultsSocialCare #Safeguarding #AltogetherSafer


13 May 2019