The Director of the Foundation for Social Welfare Services (FSWS) in Gozo Mgr. Joe Vella Gauci said that there is ongoing work for there to be a family resource centre in Marsalforn opened in May.
Mgr. Vella Gauci told Newsbook.com.mt that Marsalforn has changed throughout the years. He said that today it is a locality with people from different cultures, religions and social circumstances, this he felt that the presence of his team in Marsalforn would be instrumental.
The Director has held the post for eight months, he explained that since he is Gozitan, he has been observing the social situation for a while but he said that he was never aware of the totality of the situation. He added that now he no longer needs to just be aware of the problems, but he also needs to find solutions.
He explained that the first thing he did was to compare the services offered in Malta with those in Gozo, extending the necessary services when needed. Right now there is a team of 26 people working with Mgr. Vella Gauci.
According to Mgr. Vella Gauci, there is currently one emergency shelter in Gozo. Apart from limited space, there are people who stay there for months when one shouldn’t stay longer than 10 days.
He aspired to establish more services so that there can be a two-year long accompaniment for people who need help. The centre for family resources is expected to be inaugurated in May with all the professional services under one roof.