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Puerto pledges more help for those in need 

PAGE 10 PUERTO PLEDGES

Puerto de la Cruz has pledged to increase its budget for social welfare in the coming year and to give more help to those in need.

The social welfare depart-ment closed the year with a positive balance in its management, says the local council.

A total of 2,930 users and 3,772 requests were attended, with a total budget of 250,000 euros for emergency social benefits.

Help included donations via the food bank, intervention with families and minors at risk of social exclusion and care and guidance for people with addictions, in addition to continuous work with the elderly in the municipality in collaboration with the centres for the elderly.

The Mayor, Lope Afonso said the work of the social welfare department had been “positive in all its aspects, since it has helped and catered for all the social emergencies that the municipality has demanded with diligence, effectiveness and sensitivity.”

He said that in the next budget to be approved shortly, the resources of the department would experience “a consi-derable increase that will strengthen the service to the neediest residents, as it is our obligation and commitment.”

Social welfare councillor, Victor Manuel Cabo stressed that serving nearly 3,000 users and providing each year a little more resources confirmed the “sensitivity of this group of government with the citizens most in need, not only attending the most basic but also advising the user and guiding him in the solution of their immediate problems.”

The elderly of the munici-pality has also been “one of the priorities of the department” with 1,195 hours of activities in the day centre with various workshops, memory training, yoga, folklore, ceramics, theatre, painting and social animation.

There had also been numerous activities in schools, with health education and prevention of drug use, campaigns for generic preven-tion in addictions, as well as research and training projects.