2001, the Supported Living Division was set up within the Foundation for Social
Welfare Services of the then Ministry for Social Policy. The aim was to
establish principles, values and strategies to provide services to persons with
disability and to their families. The Division addressed persons with
disability having severe challenging behaviour, people with disability at risk
of institutionalisation, young people with disability already living in
institutions due to lack of alternative accommodation, and people with
disability in high need.
The main strategy adopted was to provide
people having disability with support rather than care, so that they would be
able to achieve independence to the best of their ability, continue living
within the community and receive support as and when required. These
values are still at the core of the Agency today.
The Division became an Agency in February
2003, under the name of Aġenzija Sapport as it is still known today. Aġenzija Sapport became an autonomous agency
in April 2016 through a Legal Notice (L.N.
104 of 2016).
Sapport is committed to enhance the quality of life of persons with disability
through innovative personalised support, expertise, and advocacy.
- Equality, choices and opportunities;
- Inclusion of persons with disability in
all aspects of society;
person-centred approach rooted in the principles of shared power and
Mutual support and interdependence - giving and
receiving based on the understanding that both the person with disability and
society stand to gain through the advancement of persons with disability as
contributing members of society