Some 252 social care programmes received financial support, under the State Aid Scheme, totalling €6.9m last year, said Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou.
Addressing an event organised by the volunteers’ council of the community of Shia, on Saturday, Emilianidou said her ministry recognised the important work done by volunteers. The ministry had established through the Social Welfare Services ongoing co-operation with non-governmental organisations “with remarkable results”.
Through the State Aid Scheme, individual needs were supported in the provision of social care. “I would like to point out that 252 programmes are currently operating and subsidised island-wide, which received in 2016, financial support totalling €6.9m to cover part of their operating expenses and other needs,” Emilianidou said.
These programmes, she said, concerned initiatives on providing care for the elderly, day-care for children to allow parents to work, shelter to people with disabilities and accommodation to unaccompanied minors among other things.