Aġenzija Sapport on Friday held an online appreciation event to honour 26 volunteers who have been awarded for their service in ‘Sharing Lives’, within the agency.
A Government statement said that during 2020, 65 persons with disability benefited through the work of these volunteers and workers within Aġenzija Sapport, who run this service.
The Sharing Lives program is aimed at creating opportunities in which volunteers and persons with disability share experiences while a social contact is created, especially for persons with disability where sapport is limited or inexistent.
It was pointed out that during Covid-19, Aġenzija Sapport adapted activities so that Sharing Lives is resumed, mostly through online events and also with requests for social contact between volunteers and beneficiaries on an individual basis.
The agency’s chief executive, Ruth Rose Sciberras, thanked all volunteers without whom over 100 social events would not have been possible during this year.
Inclusion and Life Quality Minister, Julia Farrugia Portelli, said the government is a social one as for the first time, there is a ministry dedicated for inclusion and the rights of persons with disability. This was also the first year of the service introduction in Gozo.
Persons who wish to dedicate some time to Sharing Lives may contact Aġenzija Sapport on Freephone 153 or phone 2256 8000 (Malta) or 2156 9909 (Gozo). More information may be accessed on the agency’s site www.sapport.gov.mt or on the social media.