Eleven Day Centres with specialised training and educational programmes for disabled persons
Physically and mentally disabled persons have available 11 Day Centres that offer specialised training and educational programmes. During a week dedicated to the disabled, the wife of the Prime Minister and the Minister for Inclusion attended an animated discussion held at the Fleur de Lys Centre.
The centres, ten in Malta and one in Gozo, are managed by Aġenzija Support and are aimed at person with various disabilities whether mental or physical.
The Manager assigned for the operation of these Centres, Maria Theresa Aquilina, said the aim of the programmes offered is to offer training to clients to help them become independent and to participate fully in society.
She said that all those attending these Centres may obtain training, education and to strengthen their abilities to provide them with a better life and live a more independent life.
These Centres operate throughout the year with specialised programmes for users that are aged about 18. She said there are about 440 persons attending these centres although those attending are generally higher but this has been limited by the pandemic.
Maria Theresa Aquilina said that Centres have taken the initiative to have virtual means for persons to follow sessions from their homes and this will enable them to continue developing their abilities. Virtual sessions are also being held for those attending the Centres.
She said that unfortunately some clients have to remain at home because their parents are elderly and because of Covid which may prevent them from going out. However, they are still able to communicate with their friends.
Overall, there are about 340 persons employed in these Centres.