The Ministry for Inclusion and the Quality of Life and Aġenzija Sapport have signed a social agreement of €4.2 million with the Dar il-Kaptan at Mtarfa.
This investment over these three coming years is €2.5 million more than the 2018 contract and will strengthen respite facilities for those parents with disabled children to enable them to enjoy periods of rest.
Minister for Inclusion Julia Farrugia Portelli said it is expected that 200 families will benefit from this investment.
She said that with the passage of time more and more parents with disabled children are looking after them at home but these parents deserve breaks to recharge their energies. At the same time the care of children has to continue with love.
Ruth Sciberras, the CEO of Aġenzija Sapport, said that under this agreement respite will be offered on a residential or day basis and will offer recreational and therapeutic services and will aim at families with disabled children.
She said Dar il-Kaptan will offer peace of mind to visiting families where they will be cared for, provided with food and accommodation all in hygienic conditions. Aġenzija Sapport will continue to follow the course of disabled person and will ensure they have an individual plan and will also socialise with other persons that have disabilities.
The Chairperson of Dar il-Kaptan, Martin Saliba, said that as a parent of a disabled child he understands the needs of parents and believes the Government is showing great and absolute confidence in the respite services being offered by Dar il-Kaptan.