Following improvement in recent years to the urban environment in the lower area of Valletta through the restoration of buildings of historic value and with abandoned buildings given a new lease of life to serve as social accommodation, it is now time to boost people’s skills.
Carnival, soccer and feasts are among activities associated with Valletta residents. Social projects, part of the regeneration of the lower areas of Valletta, will be exploiting among others these talents and skills of Valletta residents to address other aspects that the Valletta community wishes to improve.
The family and upbringing of children, work and education, management and stability within the home, financial literacy and stability in income are themes on which the Skills in the Community project will focus among the Valletta residents.
The project, through an investment of 1,100,000 euro from European funds, started towards the end of 2020 and will continue over three years.
Project leader Denise Farrugia said the project’s aim is to reach communities in Valletta for them to acquire sustainable social mobility to a level of better living and to be more participative in community life.
“The need has been felt because as everyone knows, Valetta is going through a regeneration, and there is a social dimension that needs to be addressed; thus, this project is assuming this responsibility as part of the regeneration.”
Farrugia added that through the skills and talents already available among the residents, opportunities will be exploited to create regeneration and address issues that are worrying the community.
Parliamentary Secretary Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi, responsible for Europen funds, stated that 24 million euro from European funds have been spent on a chain of projects for the regeneration of the lower area of Valletta with the aim of residents improving their quality of life through environmental, economic and social development.
He added that the Skills in the Community project aims to exploit and strengthen the skills of the people, and this will then lead to social wellbeing as well as urging the Valletta community to retain its identity.
Alfred Grixti, Chief Executive of the Foundation for Social Welfare Services, warned that a major challenge for Valletta residents today is the price of property in Valletta, which has become too expensive for Valletta’s younger generation, and if one is not careful it is easy to lose the unique character which makes Valletta what it is.