Home-Start Gozo: A new service for Gozitans in Gozo

Capture1Services related to the social aspects in Gozo are being strengthened through the Home-Start Gozo project aimed at aiding vulnerable families undergoing social problems by offering support and the much needed help.

Minister for Gozo, the Hon. Giovanna Debono, stated so during the signing of documents enabeling the extension of the Home Start project in Gozobetween , Dar u|eppa Debono and A!enzija Appo!! with the collaboration of the Ministry for Gozo.  Minister Debono said that the Ministry for Gozo is financing injecting ¬20,000 over a period of 3 years into Dar u|eppa Debono. The project is entrustedunder the guide and assistance of Home-Star Malta and A!enzija Appo!!.

Minister Giovanna Debono emphasised that this project is one of the 80 measures listed in the eco-Gozo action plan 2010-2012.  She explained how the Home-Start Gozo will help families who are facing difficult times and need both emotional and practical support.  This project is yet again proof of the Ministry for Gozo commitment towards the social realities with the aim of strengthening Gozos social conditions stated the Minister for Gozo.

This agreement was signed and endorsed by the Ministry for Gozo, Sina Bugeja from Agenzija Appo!! and Maria Attard from Dar u|eppa Debono.

Through this agreement, a representative from Home-Start Gozo will be sitting on the national managerial board of Home-Start Malta.  The aim of this board is to provide an equal service and secure the standards and quality of the services provided.  The entities involved in Home-Start Gozo will establish a managerial committee in order to analyse the standards and quality of services given in Gozo with a representative from A!enzija Appo!! attending the meetings.

Home-Start Gozo will be offered to vulnerable families or those in difficulty having at least one child less than 5 years old experiencing problems related to their upbringing.  These vary from illnesses, multiple births, mental and physical problems, solitude and challenges faced in the rearing of children.  Parents will be given support on different levels such as counselling, supportduring appointments or direct help in their childrens development.  Home-Start International is a project which started in United Kingdom in 1973 and is now present in various countries.