Aġenzija Sapport Milestones

2003
  • Aġenzija Sapport established as an agency
  • Started with Residential, Community & Social Work Services
  • Established the Service Allocation Committee
  • Opening of Kirkop, Mtarfa & Marsascala residences
  • 115 staff complement
2004
  • 244 number of persons with disability assisted by the Social Work team
2005
  • Launch of the first website of Aġenzija Sapport
2006
  • First Collective Agreement for Aġenzija Sapport employees
2007
  • Day Services joined the Agency (Fleur-de-Lys, Ħal Far, Marsascala , Mtarfa, Mtarfa Resource, Santa Venera, Cottonera, Swatar and Paola)
2009
  • Opening of Dar Andrew (Cospicua)
2011
  • 2,910 the number of interventions by Social Work services during the year
2013
  • Launch of new Head Office in Santa Venera
  • Opening of Birżebbuġa residence
2014
  • Opening of Gwardjola & Spero Day Centres
2015
  • Opening of Dar Orkidea (Siġġiewi)
  • Opening of Għajnsielem Learning Hub
  • Introduction of workshops & support groups for parents
2016
  • 1st April – Aġenzija Sapport became an autonomous Agency
  • Agency re-branding
  • Launch of Sign Language Interpreting Service
2017
  • Opening of Sliema Skills Space
  • Opening of Dar Ave Maria (Marsa), Dar Warda (Pembroke) & Dar il-Fjuri (Rabat, Gozo)
  • Opening of the Professional Development Centre offices in Santa Venera
  • Launch of Sharing Lives Service
  • Joined the European Social Network (ESN) as members
  • Launch of Jobs Enhancing Skills Scheme
  • Start of the Personal Assistant Scheme
  • Transfer of Empowerment Scheme and Vehicle Road Licence and Registration Exemption Schemes from CRPD to Aġenzija Sapport
  • Introduction of workshops for siblings of persons with disability
2018
  • Launch of EU Project INK
  • Opening of Dar Iris (Żabbar)
2019
  • First licenses for Sapport services granted by the Social Care Standards Authority
  • Transfer of the Access to Communication and Technology Unit (ACTU) from the Ministry of Education to Aġenzija Sapport
  • Transfer of the Sonia Tanti Independent Living Centre (STILC) from CRPD to Aġenzija Sapport
  • Became members of the European Disability Forum & the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD)
  • Hosted the international conference Accessible Europe – ICT 4 ALL in collaboration with the Information Technology Unit (ITU)
2020
  • Opening of Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq Day Centre
  • Launch of Aġenzija Sapport Helpline
2021
  • Launch of the Agency’s first Consultative Committee for service users
  • First Positive Parenting Programme for parents of children with a disability
  • Addition of Driver Test Station within STILC
  • The Agency’s Community Services awarded the European Social Services award for Excellence 2021 by the ESN
  • INK Project awarded the National Supporting Business Awards 2021 in Responsible & Inclusive Entrepreneurship
2022
  • Awarded the Quality Mark by the European Solidarity Corps to host international volunteers within Sharing Lives Service
  • Introduction of Blue Badge Scheme
  • Launch of Community Hub Ġirasol (Rabat)
  • Launch of the Way to Work Programme
  • Opening of Dar Ġiżimina (Żurrieq)
  • Introduction of Super Sibs workshops for children who have a sibling with a disability
  • Co-hosted the international conference Quality of Life & Support Services – From Words to Action in collaboration with EASPD
  • 614 – Staff complement
2023
  • Became members of the Federation of European Social Employers
  • Addition of drive from wheelchair vehicle
  • National conference Family and person-centred services for children and young people with disability, in collaboration with Ronald McDonald House Charities Malta and the Department for Disability Studies
  • Launch of new website
  • Introduction of two new grants for the purchase of drive from wheelchair vehicles and second-hand wheelchair accessible vehicles
  • Addition of EU Disability Card service
  • Public Consultation on Personal Assistance Reform
  • Focus on deintstitutionalisation

 

and more to come….

 

 

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