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A.D.H.D. Malta

Address: PO Box 2,
Locality: San Giljan
Tel: 2123 3749
Mob: 7970 6364
Web: www.adhdmalta.com
Email: info@adhdmalta.org
Support group for those with ADHD & their families. We organise monthly meetings for families, adults with ADHD, parental skills courses, social skills classes, summer camp & in service courses for teachers & LSA's.

Association for Solidarity with Persons with Special Needs

Address: 111,
Triq il-Kbira,
Locality: Siġġiewi
Tel: 2146 8440
Mob: 7929 8525
Email: gloria.callus@gmail.com

Association of Speech-Language Pathologists

Address: Federation of Professional Associations,
The Professional Centre, Triq tas-Sliema,
Locality: Gżira
Tel: 2131 2888
Web: www.aslpmalta.org
Email: info@aslpmalta.org
ASLP is a professional association which brings together Speech Language Pathologists in Malta. It aims to safeguard the profession & see that the professional standards are upheld, whilst being a voice for people with communication difficulties & their families.

Autism Focus Group

Address: Marlboro House,
Misraħ il-Barrieri,
Locality: Sta Venera
Tel: 2124 6163
Mob: 9942 7839

Aġenzija Appoġġ

Address: 36,
Triq San Luqa,
Locality: G'Mangia
Tel: 2295 9000
Supportline 179
Web: www.appogg.gov.mt
Email: appogg@gov.mt
Aġenzija Appoġġ provides services for children & families in need through the provision of professional care & support. Aġenzija Appoġġ forms part of the Foundation for Social Welfare Services (FSWS). Some of the services include: Supportline 179: is a 24 hour, free telephone service run by a team of professionally trained volunteers. It provides immediate, confidential support to callers of any age, who require assistance both in day-to-day & crisis situations. Supportline 179 receives calls on situations of child abuse, domestic violence, emotional difficulties, behavioural problems, loneliness, drug / alcohol / gambling problems, amongst others. It also provides information on social welfare services & refers callers to other services for further intervention. Fostering Service: provides a family experience to those children who, for some reason or another, could not live with their birth parents. Prospective foster carers are assessed & given the necessary training. A team of qualified social workers also provide monitoring, guidance & support to foster care families both before & during the fostering placement. Throughout the foster care placement, these children will be provided with the opportunity to live within a family environment, whereby they can get the love & security they need.
Out of Home Care – Specialised Care: This service targets those children & young persons who, for some reason, cannot continue to live with their birth family but who cannot be accommodated within the current provision of out-of-home care because of the challenges they present. These challenges could be related to behaviour, health, disability, addictions, involvement in crime, education or anything else which makes it difficult to provide residential services for them. This service encourages, recruits, trains, assesses & supports individuals & families who are willing to accommodate & care for these children & young persons within their homes.
Benniena: a social work service offered at Mater Dei Hospital to pregnant women experiencing crises &/or in difficulty. Mothers-to-be & their partners are offered the necessary guidance & information related to the problems the expectant mothers would be facing during such situations.
Home-Start Malta: offers parent-to parent support to families who have at least one child under the age of 5yrs. Having difficulties like illness, multiple birth, post-natal depression, disability, isolation or lack of skills or means to provide good care for infants & children aggravates the situation & the family may easily find itself in a crisis. So, volunteers offer emotional & practical help such as involving the parents more in their children’s’ development, as well as accompanying patients to medical or school appointments & advice on time management. This service is supported by Vodafone Malta Foundation and HSBC Malta Foundation.
Family Workshops Programme: provide a healthy space for parents to work on personal development; opportunities to improve relationship skills; help parents understand human behaviour- especially children behaviour; help them to learn skills for better child care, on an emotional level as well as basic physical care; support them towards using a positive parenting attitude with children; opportunities to learn relevant skills that would improve the management of their own home; & help them work towards a more independent & active life. These workshops consist of a group of parents that would meet once a week for two hours for a period of approximately 5mths. Child-minding is also provided.
Youth in Focus: provides assistance to adolescents between 13-18yrs of age, who exhibit severe emotional & behavioural problems &/or have an addiction problem. The aim is to improve the overall well-being of these young people, while maintaining close collaboration with their parents/carers.
Community Services: provides community social work & community development in order to enhance the quality of life of the community, with special attention to those who are at risk of poverty & social exclusion. Various programmes are developed based on the needs of the particular community & with the direct involvement of the residents. Various projects focusing on the needs of children & young persons are run in the different communities. The Community Services within Aġenzija Appoġġ are provided within 4 communities, namely Cottonera, Msida, Valletta & Qawra.
Appoġġ Children’s Fund: provides assistance in situations where children need material support immediately, for which their carers are unable to cater for. This is the case particularly in situations where children require food, clothing, medication, uniforms, books, payment for a school outings or projects, sportswear, urgent visits to a medical consultant or any specialised treatment. This Fund is accessible to children whose family is already benefiting from services provided by FSWS & upon referral of a professional. Donations may be made by contacting Aġenzija Appoġġ on 2295 9000.
Adoption Service: prospective adoptive parents who meet the eligibility criteria are briefed on the adoption legislation & procedures they have to follow in order to adopt. The Appoġġ Adoption Service provides the guidance, support & training required throughout the Adoption process.
Embark for Life (E4L): contributes towards the community strategic guidelines/integrated employment guidelines by matching participants between the ages of 15-24 to avail of the already existing schemes & educational/vocational training in the country, whilst supporting them in finding suitable employment. Disadvantaged young people are often at the far end of any social benefit, thus by facilitating them to lead a suitable healthy lifestyle & have job security, their dependency to social assistance & the revolving syndrome of attaining support from various public services is minimized.
Childwebalert Hotline: is an online reporting system which provides a secure & confidential environment where the public can report websites which host online child abuse. If you or someone you know encounters a website with indecent images of minors ,or images & videos of children being sexually abused, please click on the website www.childwebalert.gov.mt. In the website you find the REPORT ABUSE button & you need to give us the url/website address.

Aġenzija Sapport

Address: Triq Patri Ġ. Azzopardi,
Locality: Santa Venera
Tel: 2256 8000
Web: www.sapport.gov.mt
Email: sapport@gov.mt
Aġenzija Sapport enhances the quality of life of persons with disability through personalised support, expertise & advocacy. Sapport works with persons with disability & their families to secure the means, opportunities & services whereby they can participate in community life. It offers various services including social work services, community services, day services, residential services & independent community living services, including a number of schemes. Sapport also offers workshops for parents & siblings of children with disability.

Aġenzija Sedqa

Address: 3,
Triq Braille,
Locality: Sta Venera
Tel: 2388 5110
Web: www.sedqa.gov.mt
Email: sedqa@gov.mt
Aġenzija Sedqa,which falls under the Foundation for Social Welfare Services (FSWS) , is the national agency against substance abuse & dependencies, offering prevention, treatment & rehabilitation services to persons with drug, alcohol, &/or compulsive gambling problems, & to their families. Parenting Skills: these courses involve sessions on parenting skills for both parents of pre-teens (10 yrs old and younger) & a specific course addressed to parents of adolescents (11-16 yr olds).

Caritas

Address: 5,
Triq l-Iljun,
Locality: Il-Furjana
Tel: 2590 6600
Web: www.caritasmalta.org
Email: info@caritasmalta.org
A voluntary organisation falling within the auspices of the church that gives support to people with drug, alcohol, emotional & social difficulties & offers support to their families.

Caritas Malta Epilepsy Association

Address: 5,
Triq l-Iljun,
Locality: Il-Furjana
Tel: 2123 3933
Web: www.caritasmalta.org

Daniel Delicata Memorial Association

Address: c/o Gloriana,
Triq il-Miġbed,
Locality: Swieqi
Tel: 2157 9145
Mob: 7940 8346
Email: daniels@maltanet.net
Improving the quality of life of sick children in hospital.

Department of Social Security

Address: Ministry for the Family & Social Solidarity,
Palazzo Ferreria, 310, Triq Ir-Repubblika,
Locality: Il-Belt Valletta
Tel: 2590 3100/Call Centre 159
Email: info.mfss@gov.mt
Services provided: Maternity Benefit: A pregnant woman may be eligible to Maternity Benefit for the first 14wks of maternity leave €90.27 per wk (EUR 169.76 per week if Self-Employed) if she fulfils certain conditions. She should apply during her 8mth of pregnancy & will receive 8wks of the benefit before the baby’s birth. Once the baby is born & registered & the remaining 6wks benefit are paid. A mother may also apply for Maternity Benefit after the birth of her baby & will be paid for the 14wks in bulk, however application shall reach the Department within 6mths from date of birth of baby. A woman may also be eligible for Maternity Leave Benefit (MLB) €169.76 per week which covers the last 4wks of maternity leave (15th to 18th wk unpaid maternity leave). She may apply after the birth of the baby but within 6mths. Milk Grant: A head of household who is in receipt of Social or Tuberculosis Assistance may be entitled to a milk grant at a weekly rate of €21.09 until the child is 40wks. A medical panel has to confirm the eligibility to such benefits. Children's Allowance: Parents having the care & custody of their children may be entitled to Children's Allowance if they fulfill certain criteria. Children's Allowance is paid at a flat rate of €8.66 per wk per child if income exceeds €24,833. If income is less than €24,833, Children's Allowance per child is equivalent to 6% of the difference in income. Disabled Child Allowance (DCA): This allowance is over & above the Children Allowance.It is not means tested as from 2008, but a medical board has to confirm the eligibility of the child to such benefit. DCA is paid at the rate of €20 per wk. Social Assistance for Single Parents: As from 1st January 2015, persons in receipt of Social Assistance are no longer entitled to work part time. Yet single parents who were already benefiting from this measure before 31st Dec 2014 still hold the right to work part time & can earn the difference between Social Assistance for 2 persons & the minimum wage. Any excess will be deducted gross from the benefit. Single parents who start employment after 1/1/2015 are offered the tapering of benefits. Tapering of Benefit is paid for a period of 3yrs(or less if employment is terminated) at the rate of 65% of the benefit for the 1st yr, 45% for the 2nd & 25% for the 3rd. The employer also receives 25% of the benefit for the duration of the 3yrs & in case of part time employment 12.5%.

Down Syndrome Association Malta

Address: 45,
Triq Nofsinhar,
Locality: Il-Belt Valletta
Tel: 2123 5158 / 2144 8570
Mob: 9922 9418
Web: www.dsa.org.mt
Email: info@dsa.org.mt
A voluntary organisation which supports parents of children who have Down Syndrome. It promotes the interests, development & integration in society of persons who have Down Syndrome. It works on issues which directly relate to persons who have Down Sydrome.

Dyslexia Association (Malta)

Address: PO Box 04,
Locality: San Giljan
Tel: 2132 4741
Mob: 9949 3870
Email: maltadyslexia@gmail.com

Equal Partners Foundation

Address: 171,
Triq San Kristofru
Locality: Valletta
Tel: 2125 0400
Web: www.equalpartners.org.mt
Email: info@equalpartners.org.mt
A parent-run, non-profit foundation supporting families with members who have a disability or a learning difficulty with an individualised programme in inclusive settings.

Fondazzjoni Ghas-Servizzi Ta' Respite Care - Dar il-Kaptan

Address: Rotary Drive,
Triq Dar il-Kaptan,
Locality: Mtarfa
Tel: 2145 0103/4
Web: www.darilkaptan.org
Email: rcsmalta@waldonet.net.mt

Foundation for the Development of Maltese Sign Language

Address: c/o Institute of Linguistics
University of Malta,
Locality: L-Msida
Tel: 2340 2428
Email: marie.alexander@um.edu.mt
Courses for University students with reserved places for persons with direct contact with children/persons using Maltese sign language. Courses held from Oct-Jan & from Feb-May (Once a wk for 14wks).

Gozo Association for the Deaf

Triq Santa Domenica,
Locality: Victoria, Gozo
Tel: 2155 6382
Mob: 9986 4604
Email: gad@maltanet.net
Family support, counselling, hearing aid accessories & resource centre, open Fri 5pm - 7pm.

Għaqda Nazzjonali Genituri ta' Persuni b'Dizabilita' (National Parents Society of Persons with Disability)

Address: 215, Marlboro,
Misraħ il-Barrieri,
Locality: Sta Venera
Tel: 2124 6163
Email: vancamil@hotmail.com
NSPD is an organisation that caters for the needs of people with disability & their families.

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate

Address: Superintendence of Public Health,
Ministry for Health, the Elderly and Community Care,
Locality: 5B, The Emporium, Triq C. De B
Tel: 2326 6000
Web: www.sahha.gov.mt
Email: george.c.galea@gov.mt
Provides advice on health issues related to the prevention of diseases.

Hope Crisis Pregnancy Support- Gift of Life Foundation

Address: 20, Trejqa l-Barrieri,Mosta
5, Triq l-Iljun, Floriana
Tel: 2141 8055
Mob: 7909 1986
Email: info@lifemalta.org
Emotional, psychological support, referrals & material aid.

Hospice Malta

Address: 39,
Vjal il-Bon Pastur,
Locality: Hal Balzan
Tel: 2144 0085 / 6
Email: info@hospicemalta.com
Hopsice Malta provides support for patients suffering from Cancer, motor neurone disease & other terminal diseases. The support is extended to family members, friends & colleagues. The children of patients or children whose parents are caring for someone with the above mentioned diseases are entitled to phsycho-social support, children's summer club & breavement support. The services aim to improve quality of life by addressing physical, psycho-social and spiritual problems. All services are provided free of charge.

Id-Dar Tal-Providenza

Triq Lapsi,
Locality: Siġġiewi
Tel: 2146 2844
Email: info@dartalprovidenza.org
Provides residential services (permanent and respite) to persons with disabilities including respite service to disabled children.

Incorporates Agenzija Appogg & Agenzija Sedqa

Address: 212,
Triq il-Kanun,
Locality: Sta Venera
Tel: 2258 8900
Web: www.fsws.gov.mt
The incorporates Aġenzija Appoġġ & Aġenzija Sedqa. The agencies within the Foundation offer prevention & treatment services, both in community & residential settings within the fields of substance abuse; children, families & communities; & disability.

Inspire - The Foundation for Inclusion

Web: www.inspire.org.mt
Email: info@inspire.org.mt
Zinzell Street, Marsascala, MSK 4070 - 2163 6526 BLB801, Bulebel, Zejtun, ZTN 3000 - 2189 0000 Triq Roman Perellos, Ghajnsielem, Gozo, GSM1011 - 2155 8941

Malta Association of Occupational Therapists

Address: Karen Grech Hospital,
Telgħet Gwardmangia,
Locality: Pieta'
Tel: 2208 2011/ 2208 1624
Web: www.maotwebsite.com
Email: demis.cachia@gov.mt

Malta Society of the Blind

Address: 81,
Triq Brigella,
Locality: Sta. Venera
Tel: 2125 1965
Email: socblindmalta@global.net.mt

Malta Wheelchair DanceSport Association

Address: My Promise, 23,
Triq San Ġorg,
Locality: Paola
Tel: 2137 0828
Mob: 9986 4110
Web: www.maltawda.com
Email: maltawda@yahoo.co.uk
Teaching wheelchair-bound people how to dance; to integrate disabled & able bodied children through dance both in Malta & abroad. Teach people how to operate their wheelchair better.

Maltese Paediatric Association

Address: Paediatric Section,
Mater Dei Hospital, Tal-Qroqq,
Locality: L-Imsida
Tel: 2545 4924 / 2545 5567
Web: www.paediatricsmalta.org

Miscarriage Counselling & Preconceptual Help

Address: 344,
Manuel Dimech Str,
Locality: Tas-Sliema
Mob: 9983 4609
Email: jonsorrl@onvol.net
Miscarriage support, pre-conceptual care, counselling. Targets mothers-to-be & pregnant women.

Multiple Connection Support Network

Address: Moviment Ta' Kana, Istitut Kattoliku,
Triq San Publiju,
Locality: Il-Furjana
Tel: 2123 8068
Support group for twins, triplets, quads & other multiple families.

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Malta

Address: PO BOX 63,
Locality: Birkirkara
Tel: 2141 6206 / 2149 6352
Web: www.msmalta.org.mt
Email: maltams@gmail.com
A voluntary service to expand & enhance public awareness, individual & family services & rehabilitation from Multiple Sclerosis. Offers subsidised physiotherapy to its members with multiple sclerosis & group psychotherapy sessions for the whole family.

Muscular Dystrophy Group

Address: 4,
Triq il-Gżira,
Locality: Il-Gżira
Tel: 2134 6688
Web: www.mdgmalta.com
Email: mdgmalta@onvol.net

Oasi Foundation

Address: 5,
Triq Wied Sara,
Locality: Victoria, Gozo
Tel: 2155 8858 / 2156 3333
Web: www.oasi.org.mt
Email: admin@oasi.org.mt
Alcohol, drug & smoking prevention programmes & treatment in Gozo.

Office of the Commissioner for Children

Address: 16/18
Dawret It-Torri,
Locality: St Lucia
Tel: 2148 5180
Web: www.tfal.org.mt
Email: cfc@gov.mt
The Office of the Commissioner for Children was set up in terms of the Commissioner for Children Act of 2003, to promote the welfare of children & the compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, as ratified by Malta on the 26th January 1990. The Office of the Commissioner for Children works towards (i) the protection of children; (ii) the promotion of children's rights; (iii) advocating for the provision of essential services for children where necessary; & (iv) ensuring the participation of children in all matters affecting them in their daily lives.

Richmond Foundation

Address: 424,
Triq il-Kbira San Ġużepp,
Locality: St Venera
Tel: 2148 2336
Web: www.richmond.org.mt
Email: info@richmond.org.mt
Support services for children in primary schools & a residential programme for children between 5 - 10yrs with mental health problems. K.I.D.s program

Servizz Għożża

Pjazza Fredrick Maempel,
Locality: Hal Qormi
Tel: 2124 3869
Email: servizzghozza@gov.mt
Servizz Għożża forms part of the Directorate for Student Services as part of the Ministery of Education. It offers an educational & informative programme, couselling & mother and baby support to young mothers. Support & information programme, counselling and mother & baby support to young mothers. Support & information is also provided to the partners of the pregnant girls, the parents & the families involved. There is also provision of sexual education for parents of primary school age students & preventive education for boys in secondary schools.

Step by Step Foundation

Address: 4B,
Triq l-Iskola,
Locality: Il-Ħamrun
Mob: 9940 7670
Email: k.cremona@gmail.com
Offers services for parents with children suffuring from brain injury.

Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society

Address: c/o Cana Movement, Catholic Institute, Floriana.
Tel: Tel: 21238068
Email: georgegatt@lexcorp.com.mt
SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society) Malta- Families who have lost a baby are referred to this group for counselling

The Ladybird Foundation

Address: 30, Triq in-Nofs,
Siġġiewi
Mob: 9942 9990
Web: www.theladybirdfoundation.org
Email: info@theladybirdfoundation.org
The Ladybird Foundation provides joy & relief to terminally, critically or seriously ill children by giving these children the chance to turn their dreams to reality.

TIPS (Tiny Infants Parents Support)

Address: 10,
Triq Sir Luigi Camilleri,
Locality: San Gwann
Tel: 2138 8795 / 2157 7087
Mob: 9925 5698 / 9944 4862
TIPS - This Group supports parents who have premature babies & are encountering problems.

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