Mapfe Mid­dle­sea and MSV Life en­gage with res­i­dents at San Blas Shel­ter

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

Mapfre Mid­dle­sea and MSV Life re­cently spent some time with the res­i­dents of the San Blas Harm Re­duc­tion Shel­ter, as part of the Group’s CSR Pro­gramme for 2016.

A group of em­ploy­ees from both com­pa­nies spent an af­ter­noon with 12 in­di­vid­u­als re­sid­ing at the Shel­ter, en­gag­ing in a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties such as gar­den­ing and bak­ing. The group then par­tic­i­pated in a team-build­ing ac­tiv­ity in which res­i­dents shared their ex­pe­ri­ence with the em­ploy­ees. Such an event held the aim of al­low­ing res­i­dents to feel that they are still part of the com­mu­nity.

Nor­man Mif­sud, chief of­fi­cer HR & Cor­po­rate Ser­vices at MSV Life, said: “This CSR ini­tia­tive was a re­ward­ing op­por­tu­nity for both the em­ploy­ees and the res­i­dents as it helped all those present re­alise that al­though life pre­sents us with a num­ber of dif­fer­ent chal­lenges, as long we recog­nise such chal­lenges and have the willpower to act upon them, there will al­ways be hope in life.”

Car­i­tas Malta of­fers a full-re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme for in­di­vid­u­als with se­ri­ous drug-re­lated is­sues. The Harm Re­duc­tion Shel­ter as­sists clients in their de­tox­i­fi­ca­tion process and pre­pares them for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. The Shel­ter is in­tended to look and feel like a nor­mal home, with the set up and dé­cor be­ing de­lib­er­ately as non-clin­i­cal as pos­si­ble.

This event forms part of the com­pany’s Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity Pro­gramme, through which the com­pany helps out en­ti­ties work­ing for the com­mu­nity, both fi­nan­cially and through ac­tiv­i­ties in which em­ploy­ees par­tic­i­pate. In the past months, both com­pa­nies have helped out in dif­fer­ent fields in the com­mu­nity – ac­tive age­ing, so­cial pro­tec­tion and an­i­mal wel­fare.

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