In­spire’s Achieve­ment Day 2017

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

The In­spire Foun­da­tion’s mis­sion is to try to help ev­ery­one with a dis­abil­ity achieve equal­ity and in­clu­sion in so­ci­ety. It does this by pro­vid­ing in­di­vid­u­als and their fam­i­lies with ed­u­ca­tional, ther­a­peu­tic and leisure ser­vices.

Last month, In­spire cel­e­brated Achieve­ment Day 2017 – a day dur­ing which In­spire in­vites par­ents, guardians, clients, staff and vol­un­teers to cel­e­brate all the suc­cesses achieved by In­spire’s clients through­out the year.

“Suc­cess at In­spire is not al­ways straight for­ward to de­fine,” In­spire’s CEO An­tonello Gauci ex­plained: “For some it might be learn­ing how to sit up straight, for oth­ers it might be im­prov­ing their lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy skills. For some it might be learn­ing how to talk even if they’re al­ready in mid­dle school, and for oth­ers it might be learn­ing how to eat solid food.”

“While all suc­cesses are worth cel­e­brat­ing, achieve­ment is not just about recog­nis­ing tal­ents and strengths, but also about reach­ing per­son­al­ized areas of growth that are iden­ti­fied through­out the year. Suc­cess does not stop at reach­ing our goals and po­ten­tial, it’s also about cre­at­ing his­tory to­gether, about look­ing back and see­ing how mem­bers of a com­mu­nity grew and changed in a way that gave space to each and every mem­ber’s per­sonal growth,” Mr Gauci added.

In­spire launched its first Achieve­ment Day in 2013. It started as a small-scale event or­gan­ised within one par­tic­u­lar Ed­u­ca­tional Pro­grammes, which, even­tu­ally, fol­low­ing its suc­cess and pop­u­lar de­mand, In­spire ex­tended the event to reach a larger num­ber of ser­vice users within the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“In­spire aims at cel­e­brat­ing suc­cesses, no mat­ter how small, on a daily ba­sis. We do this by em­pow­er­ing and en­cour­ag­ing our ser­vice users and their fam­i­lies to strive to reach their max­i­mum po­ten­tial and cher­ish­ing each step for­ward along the way,” ex­plained Char­lene Borg – Par­ent Re­la­tions Man­ager at In­spire.

She added:“But Achieve­ment Day at In­spire is not only about cel­e­brat­ing suc­cesses. It’s about those an­nual rit­u­als that con­nect fam­ily mem­bers and staff, it’s about see­ing care­givers and sib­lings meet­ing with other care­givers and sib­lings and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an en­vi­ron­ment that sup­ports the progress of their chil­dren, broth­ers and sis­ters. It’s about the sense of be­long­ing and strength­en­ing of our com­mu­nity. It’s about re­call­ing past events and re­al­is­ing how many mile­stones where over­come along the way.”

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