Sharing Lives

Overview

Sharing Lives offers opportunities where volunteers and persons with disabilities, especially for those who have little or no support, to:

  • share experiences
  • create social interactions and
  • befriend persons with disabilities

 

The befriending aspect of the service helps in initiating dialogue and collaboration between persons with disability and mainstream society. It gives the opportunity for persons with disability to take part in events and activities and overcome social exclusion while developing meaningful relationships.

 

Group activities are mostly organised by volunteers or inspired by the service users’ interests and include picnics, theatre outings, sports, music, arts, live-ins, bowling, treks, information and educational sessions etc.

 

Persons with disabilities are always accompanied by Sharing Lives professional/s and/or volunteers. Volunteers are provided training by the Sharing Lives professionals.

 

Jonathan Calleja, Service User
“Sharing Lives is something nice, because it allows us to meet and help each other. Apart from the youth group, we did a clean up, crafted a crib together and carried out voluntary work with horses. I feel very good during these activities. I enjoy it. I even enjoyed the time we sang. This was when we donated the crib that we did together to the priests. I really enjoyed it. Such experiences make you satisfied, when you help people. I enjoy it that we meet with friends. It’s something really special that every week we have something different to do. I learnt a lot of things. I learnt about photography, about the importance of recycling, how to take care of our environment.”

 

 

Referrals

Persons with disability who would like to benefit from the Sharing Lives service need to be over 18 years.

 

A person with disability who is interested needs to contact Sharing Lives. The professionals will work with the individual and carry out an assessment to identify interests and type of activities he/she may benefit from.

 

For more information on this service, one may send an email on sharinglives.sapport@gov.mt or call on 2256 8000 (Malta) or 2156 9909 (Gozo).

 

Click this link for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on this service

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