Agreement signed for Night Shelter and Active Ageing Centre in Xaghra
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The Parliamentary Secretary for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Active Ageing Justyne Caruana, has announced a new agreement for a Night Shelter and Active Ageing Centre in Xaghra, Gozo.
This Centre will accommodates older people from the same community and is seen as a project that will continue to strengthen services in the active ageing sector in Gozo.
The project was made possible through the collaboration with the Church, represented by the Rector of the Jesus of Nazareth Church, Rev. Fr Antony Refalo.
Parliamentary Secretary Justyne Caruana said that this type of service was needed in Gozitan communities. During her visit to the proposed site in Xaghra, the Parliamentary Secretary said that through this project and collaboration with the Church, the Secretariat can now offer more services to seniors in their own community.
Dr Caruana stressed the importance of elderly people being as active as possible within the community where they have always lived, and through similar projects, this concept can be operated effectively.
The night shelter will be able to accommodate a number of elderly people, offering a secure and protective environment for those who live alone and whom, at night, for various reasons, they feel insecure.
The Parliamentary Secretary said that “here they can sleep and feel rested in a wonderful environment and in the company of other elderly people using this service complemented by professional services of qualified people in elderly care.”
The Active Ageing Centre will include activities related to active ageing and will also offer therapeutic services.
Dr Caruana concluded by thanking those who participated in this project and added that the collaboration with the Gozo ecclesiastical entity is having the desired fruits in our communities, serving the elderly and persons with disability.
The Rector of Jesus of Nazareth Church, Fr Antony Refalo said that from the outset of this project they had found support from the Parliamentary Secretariat. Adding that the Xaghra community will now be strengthened through better accessibility in terms of the services offered.
He continued by thanking all those who showed interest and had supported this project from its inception, through both financial and voluntary assistance, he also praised the collaboration between the entities involved.