Access Community Centre to be opened in Ghajnsielem
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Chris Said, Minister for Justice, Dialogue and the Family, announced on Sunday, that in the coming weeks the Government will open a fifth Access Centre, which will be the first on Gozo, with a view to providing a platform of services of a social nature within the community and to provide a holistic approach to the needs of the community.
Access offers services to residents in the form of professionals ready to provide the required support related to the available social services in Malta and Gozo, as well as resources, training and other projects that can improve the residents’ quality of life.
The Gozo centre will be Ghajnsielem, in what was, until a few years ago, an Adult Training Centre. The Government has reached an agreement with the Church authorities, who own the building, for it to be used for this purpose.
The Minister said that the first Access Centre was opened in Birgu ten years ago. This centre offers various services to the community as well as Cottonera and Kalkara. In 2011 some 8,000 people made use of the social services available at the centre. This is in addition to thousands of other people who have made use of the other services offered there.
The three other centres open in Malta for the community are located in Valletta, Qawra and Msida.