Naxxar has seen the start of works on a complex that will offer various facilities aimed at facilitating the needs of disabled persons and their families. The project is expected to be completed within four years and is taking place on an investment of €32 million and is being co-financed by EU funds.
Excavation is underway for the new Reach Centre and is being considered as the largest capital investment ever made in the sector for the disabled.
Aġenzija Sapport CEO, Joseph Cini, said the complex will be that of four buildings and will offer a wide range of services. He said that more or less all services will be catered for, including a day centre, respite, residential care services, a gym, and a therapeutic pool not only for those in the locality but for other persons with disabilities.
Cini said the plan is that the centre will be completed by 2023 and will provide training for disabled persons to facilitate their inclusion in society and as much as possible enable them to lead independent lives.
He said one of the factors that has to be addressed is the over-protectiveness of parents who have to understand that a person has the right to live in an independent manner as well as to have the right to attend for work. Joseph Cini said there are cases where parents refuse to allow their offspring to use a public bus.
The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabled Persons, Anthony Agius Decelis, while describing the project as an ambitious one said the centre will provide facilities and space for disabled persons to attain their aims and obtain lifelong fulfillment.
The Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds, Aaron Farrugia, said the project is being co-financed by EU funds for Regional Development. He said this is a project that provides inclusion and underlines the Government is committed to give priority to this sector.