Different services under one roof
This project being proposed by Fondazzjoni Caritas Malta (VO/1576) aims at tackling emerging challenges which are changing the face and fabric of society. This has highlighted the need for Caritas to invest and open a modern Centre, in a central location in Blata l-Bajda which is to be named Caritas Community Centre. The Centre will house all the non-residential community services, thereby adding more quality, value and accessibility to these services. Furthermore, it will for the first time, provide a unique opportunity to house new services to hundreds more of beneficiaries, including:
- Continuous service for persons who have successfully completed a drug/alcohol/gambling rehabilitation programme, providing them with the required life-long support and follow-up with the Aftercare Unit.
- A multi-purpose hall hosting regular social activities for the above-mentioned self-help groups.
- A roof garden offering a relaxed space for all the beneficiaries of our community services.
- A reserved area to store basic items and foodstuff for the needy.
- The administrative offices of the organisation.
The proposed project entails a certain amount of capital investment, which was estimated to cost €4,614,520 (inclusive of VAT), which will include demolition and construction works, the supply and installation of plant and machinery, and furnishings and finishes.
How it started:
The Archdiocese of Malta, by means of a contract dated 8th July 1969 in the records of Notary Joseph Cachia, had granted by title of sub-emphyteusis land in Blata l-Bajda to the Society for the Sick and the Aged (known as WSSA) to build a residential home for the sick and the elderly. During the years, the number of elderly residents dwindled down and, by means of a contract dated 3rd April 1996 in the records of Notary Pierre Attard, WSSA was dissolved and the original sub-emphyteutical grant was rescinded and the premises reverted to the Archdiocese of Malta. The Archdiocese then held discussions with the Ministry of Health, Care for the Elderly and Family Affairs to start offering residential, psychiatric community services from these premises. However, this project never materialised and until 2001 the premises were occupied by YMCA. The building was left in a delapidated state for many years until by means of a contract dated 2nd May 2019 in the records of Notary Dr Tonio Spiteri, the premises were conceded and transfered to Fondazzjoni Caritas Malta (VO/1576) by title of sub-emphyteusis for 65 years.
Capital expenditure and financing are the following:
The project has been submitted under Operational Programme I – European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020 ‘Fostering a competitive and sustainable economy to meet our challenges’ – Project part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund – Co-financing rate: 80% European Union; 20% National Funds (ERDF.08.142 Caritas Community Centre).
The 20% National Funds are made up of:
- National Social and Development Fund (NDSF)
- The Alfred Mizzi Foundation
- The Foundation Malta Community Chest Fund
- Ministry for Education and Employment (MEDE), Parliamentary Secretary for Youth, Sport and Voluntary Organisations
- Caritas Malta
Information about the project can be found below:
Application Number: PA/07636/17
Location: Caritas Community Centre, Triq Mountbatten c/w Triq San Gorg Preca, Sqaq il-Kubrit, Blata l-Bajda, Malta
Proposal: To demolish rooms at roof level, carry out alterations to the existing facade and to the existing vacant building; construct two additional floors including an intermediate level and construct a new fire escape stairs, creating a community centre for Caritas with ancillary facilities. To install Photovoltaic system at roof level