The Family Ministry has signed an agreement through which it will be providing financial support to SOS Malta to help sustain its online service Kellimni.com.
Kellimni.com provides a free 24-hour service through which people who face social exclusion, abuse, negligence, psychological difficulties, or who need emotional support can find someone to speak to in confidence. The service is manned by a team of professionally-trained operation, who can be reached via via email, chat and smart messaging.
Through the agreement, the government will be providing SOS Malta with €688,220 over three years.
At the signing of the agreement, Minister Michael Falzon said that the past few weeks proved that there was a great need for continuous assistance to people going through psychological issues or struggling with loneliness. With this in mind, he said, the 1772 helpline which was introduced during the Covid-19 pandemic will also continue running.
Falzon noted that the number of agreements the government had reached with voluntary organisations had increased considerably in recent years, stating that 48 organisations had received financial assistance worth €17.