The new Nicosia-based Solidarity Hub will help integrate vulnerable people into society by providing them free consultation services, the municipality said on Tuesday.
Solidarity network Nicosia in Action (NicInAct) is housed in the recently renovated Zemenides mansion, a listed building in the old town. It is run by the district’s multipurpose centre.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Nicosia Mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis said he is “absolutely convinced” the hub will “contribute to the formation of socially active citizens”.
So far, the hub has helped 21 people.
These include 11 adults and five children who received personal consultation from psychotherapists, educational psychologists or counselling psychologists, as well as another four cases of former residents in the Hope for Children house who received occupational therapy in collaboration with the European University.
One asylum seeker was also among the cases.
According to the head of the Multipurpose Municipal Centre of Nicosia Roula Georgopoulou, the Solidarity Hub will serve as a One Stop Shop as it is staffed with social workers, a psychologist, an employment, entrepreneurship, legal and accounting consultant as well as a caregiver for the home care of infants and toddlers.
Discussions are underway for the signing of contracts with other bodies, Georgopoulou added.
The hub, co-founded by Norway Grants (85 per cent) and the state (15 per cent), also aims to promote the digitization and networking of all social services of the municipality with the introduction of the electronic platform Niazome (I care).
The platform was established in 2015 and includes more than 50 social services provided by the municipality. It is available to all residents.