Watch: Caritas’ new building to be turned into community centre

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

After years of works and discussions, Caritas Malta has obtained new premises which will be turned into a community centre for the integration of vulnerable people and a place to strengthen its non-residential services. 

While discussing the project with Newsbook.com.mt, Caritas Director Anthony Gatt said that the building will also serve as a volunteer hub, providing support and coordination to other community, state, and church entities.

In a statement, the Government said that Caritas Malta has secured €2 million from the European Regional Development Fund with MEUSAC’s assistance to be able to transform the Church’s building, in order to be able to continue to provide its services in a “centralised, efficient and effective way.” 

It is expected that around 600 vulnerable people will be able to access services already being offered, as well as new services at this centre.

The Caritas Director noted that this centre will bring together all Caritas outpatient services under one roof, so that the first two levels are dedicated to families in need and individuals with various social problems, receiving help individually or in groups. “At this building, a team will be based working on prevention, as well as administration,  and a hub for volunteers. The centre will have amenities such as a lounge, penthouse and other spaces that can also be used by the community,” he added. 

MEUSAC’s Mandy Falzon said that voluntary entities such as Caritas can approach MEUSAC for information and assistance to apply for European funds.