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Government assists Jean Antide Foundation with €165,000 grant to strengthen its work on social cases

Jean Antide Foundation and the Government signed a social partnership agreement, the ninth of its type. The Government will assist with a grant of €165,000 over a period of three years so that the foundation strengthens its services on social cases that vary from domestic violence to mental health problems.

Through the agreement, the foundation will strengthen its social workers team to reach vulnerable persons in a better way.

The Charity Sisters-led foundation assists over 370 new cases a year and offers various assistance services. Social worker, Ruben Vella, said, “we work with caregivers who assist persons with mental problems, together with a psychiatric nurse. We have an assistance service for women who experienced some form of domestic violence and support them to re-integrate in society”.

The Jeanne Antide foundation has two centres, one in Tarxien and another in Birżebbuġa for vulnerable families. Chief executive Nora Macelli stated that the foundation is not involved in work carried out by agencies or other organisations. “In fact, we are attentive that from the experience in community work, we realize that are needs which are unattended and our services are a response to these needs”.

The foundation started its work 49 years ago when a nun felt the need to dedicate her work in the social field. Sr Natalie Abela said: “Superior Delegate, Sister Laura Tanti was a teacher however she noticed the social needs in the Tarxien area, underwent a social work course in England and opened the St Jean Antide welfare campaign with which she assisted persons with social family problems”.

During the social partnership agreement signing, Family Minister Michael Falzon stated that this is the ninth agreement already signed with NGOs which work in the social field. He praised the work by the Jean Antide Foundation, adding that society should recognize the precious work with people who face difficulties in life.

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