The Apakiimo Centre for the Aged is purpose-built and fully equipped by Grooming Centre to offer psycho-social services to the elderly who come to the Centre for a fun-filled, full-day programme. Such programmes include physical therapy, exercises and group activities from Mondays to Fridays. The Centre also has a clinic for routine check ups and a small library. The Centre has the capacity to host 60 elderly people, however on the average, at least 25 elderly people visit the Centre daily. The Apakiimo Centre for the Aged is managed by young professionals deployed by the National Youth Service Corps.
The Centre’s continuous commitment to providing humanitarian support to internally displaced persons (IDPs) goes from rehabilitation to equipping them with basic survival skills and more. A 2 day training organized by SESOR Empowerment Foundation and Grooming Centre for internally displaced persons was conducted from 20th-21st September 2018 in Aboki Estate Lekki. The training which was attended by the CEO of SESOR and 57 internally displaced persons focused on Financial literacy, Pre Loan Process, Health and Hygiene. The Centre seeks to support and educate internally displaced persons by exposing them to the necessary knowledge and equipping them with skills to survive.
The officially opening of the new classroom blocks at Abolarin College, Oke-Ila Orangun donated by Grooming Centre held on the 6th of December , 2018. The ceremony included speeches from xxx and xxx, with other dignitaries in attendance were xxx and xxx. This reflects the Centre’s continuous dedication to promoting education for the less privileged.
The Talents Transcend show, which was co-sponsored by Grooming Centre held on Thursday 25/10/2018 at Frankids hall in Festac, Lagos. The event organized by Talents Transcend Services hosted over 500 children between the ages of 7-15 years who competed in the categories of Music, Dance and Creative Art. The children were judged by professionals and at the end, were given awards. GC was represented by SPM and PMM
Sesor is an NGO working to support survivors of emergencies, especially internally displaced persons through programmes in emergency relief and rehabilitation in Nigeria. Grooming Centre is partnering with Sesor to provide relief materials and psychosocial counseling for IDPs. The Centre has supported Sesor to aid her mission to rehabilitate IDPs and provide food, healthcare services and counselling for them.
Abolarin College was established to provide free quality education to underprivileged children from deprived families that cannot afford to send their children to standard schools. The school provides full tuition and boarding facilities in the serene environment of Oke-Ila, Osun State. Grooming Centre has donated toward the upkeep of the students of Abolarin College and, till date, is committed to contributing to the development of a conducive learning atmosphere and provision of learning materials in the college.
Saturday 17th March 2018 – 91 children of Grooming Centre’s clients, across the 23 states of Nigeria where the Centre operates, were awarded scholarships toward the continuation of their secondary school studies in the second edition of the Lady Kate Okafor Scholarship Scheme [LKOSS II]. In the Lagos award ceremony, four winners all smartly dressed in their school uniforms, were accompanied by their proud mothers as they arrived for the prize-giving ceremony that took place at the Grooming Splash event on March 17, 2018.
Master Babatunde Idowu, a recipient of the award, said he always wanted to make his mum proud and was happy that he could do so through the LKOSS. He said, “I told my mum that I would make her happy this year and I am happy that Grooming Centre helped me keep my promise to her”. Beaming with smiles, the other awardees from Lagos, Oyelaja Oyenike, Oladotun Mercy and Onifade Abdulazeez thanked the Centre for the awards and promised to work harder in their studies.
The Lady Kate Okafor Scholarship Scheme is a corporate social responsibility initiative of Grooming Centre that addresses the educational welfare of the children of its clients, and is open to students seeking admission into the senior secondary school class. The second edition of the scholarship will enable this year’s recipients selected from across Nigeria to have access to sustained quality education. Last year, 78 awardees emerged in the maiden edition of the LKOSS. Each awardee will receive prize money for the scholarship awards running for three (3) consecutive years.
For Owoyemi James Oluwafemi, Lazarus Miracle Chidera, Idris Garuba Olashile and Okoroafor Chinelo, Saturday March 11th 2017 will remain an unforgettable day in their lives and their proud parents. It was the day the 2016 Grooming Splash edition was held and it featured a maiden event – the Lady Kate Okafor Scholarship Scheme awards [LKOSS] – where they were rewarded for their academic excellence.
The Lady Kate Okafor Scholarship Scheme is an initiative of Grooming Centre that seeks to address the educational welfare of the children of its clients, particularly those seeking admission into the senior secondary school class. Candidates for the awards were drawn across the country [Nigeria] and shortlisted after notice of the scholarship was advertised in local and electronic media in November 2016. The LKOSS is inspired by the exemplary life and character of late Lady Kate Okafor, a former member of the Governing Council of Grooming Centre.
Each of the awardees received the prize money for the scholarship awards. Expressing joy, one of the awardees Miss Okoroafor Chinelo was full of praise to Grooming Centre, adding that she was excited to be able to continue her secondary school education through the benevolence extended by the Centre. She also thanked the Centre for making her weekend a truly memorable one. See pictures below.