Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Respite Services


The NGOs and Respite Services within Aġenzija Sapport is responsible for the implementation and management of Public Social Partnership (PSP) contracts between Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and the Ministry for Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector (MIV). The service is targeted towards individuals with disabilities and their families, who are at risk of burnout, or in emergency situations.


The Agency carries out this responsibility mainly through the regular monitoring of the NGO and Respite services, and the determination of the level of support that is provided to the service users who benefit from the PSP agreements. Apart from the monitoring aspect, Aġenzija Sapport is also responsible for the admissions of new service users, completing assessments, and the financial processing in relation to the service users within the NGO residences and other services.


The NGO department is currently responsible for mediating seventeen different PSP contracts, of which, thirteen are residential homes and four are Day or Respite Programmes.


  1. Dar l-Arċipriet Degabriele
  2. Dar Madre Tereża
  3. Dar Nażaret
  4. Dar il-Wens
  5. Dar l-Abilità
  6. Dar Merħba
  7. Dar Arka
  8. Dar il-Ġublew tal-Ħniena
  9. Dar Madonna ta’ Pinu
  10. Dar l-Akkwarell
  11. Dar Pirotta
  12. Dar Shalom
  13. Dar Żerniq
  14. Dar Bjorn (Qormi)
  15. Dar Bjorn (Żebbuġ)
  16. Dar il-Kaptan Respite Service
  17. Dar il-Kaptan Day Programme
  18. Malta Autism Centre​
  19. Embrace Diversity


The NGO and Respite service is also responsible for liaising with Hila Respite services at Casa Apap Bologna and Dar Santa Rosa in Mosta and Casal Nouvo in Paola. The Agency is responsible for completing service users’ support assessments and overseeing the service provision and financial verification of the services provided by Ħila Respite Services.

Respite Services

Respite services can be described as planned or emergency temporary care provided to caregivers of a child or adult with disability. Respite programmes provide planned short-term and time limited breaks for families/guardians of persons with disability. 



Benefits of respite

Respite services are indispensable in the life of a caregiver. Respite is not about replacing the care that the caregiver gives but it is about sustaining the possibility that the caregiver continues to provide the necessary care. Respite services are correlated with several benefits including:

  • It provides a break for the caregiver in order to carry out other important and necessary tasks in their daily life including some time for some self-care.
  • It delays long-term placement, since through respite services, caregivers will have the possibility to refresh.
  • Studies show that caregivers making use of respite services have lower levels of parental stress and a considerable increase in coping ability.
  • It provides a positive experience for the individual availing from respite. Individuals in respite care will have the opportunity to socialise and make new friends.



Respite services in Malta

Aġenzija Sapport has an agreement with Ħila respite services, which offers respite services at Casa Apap Bologna and Dar Santa Rosa in Mosta, and Casal Nuovo in Paola.


Individuals can also avail from respite services at Dar il-Kaptan in Mtarfa, and Dar Arka in Għajnsielem, Gozo.


Minors and adults between the age of 3 and 59 with a disability are eligible for respite services.


Interested individuals can apply for respite by calling Aġenzija Sapport Helpline on Freephone 153 (press ext. 5) or on 2256 8000 and ask for the NGO Department, which oversees all respite requests.


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