Adeje council and associations meet to explore new ways to help the most vulnerable
The objective is to co-ordinate local resources
The Adeje council’s department of Community Welfare, under
councillor Mercedes Vargas Delgado, recently met with members of different
associations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), who are working on the
ground locally. The meeting was to seek ways to co-ordinate local municipal
resources for those people in a very vulnerable state.
During the meeting members of various associations including the
Rotary Club Tenerife Sur, Cáritas, Cruz Roja and Mensajeros de la Paz Canarias
outlined the difficulties that many of their organisations are having in
meeting directly the needs of those seeking help. They all agreed
that a co-ordinated approach with the borough’s social services department is
essential, both when someone is trying to seek aid and in giving that aid where
it is needed. All agreed that there needs to be access to all to apply formally
for assistance through the channels established by the council.
Councillor Delgado Vargas, with the councillor responsible for
the municipal food bank, José Antonio López Delgado, also took the time to tell
the associations of the projects the council is currently engaged in in social
services, to cover the needs of the borough’s vulnerable residents.
The councillor outlined the assistance that is currently being
provided too through her department and confirmed that soon, in conjunction
with the Cruz Roja, they will be beginning an alternative housing service for
those in need of temporary shelter and/or in urgent need.
The council is about to begin a service too for the homeless in
Adeje. Through the Cáritas charity they will be creating a complete
picture of the needs locally – build up a picture of where the homeless are
currently sleeping, how many people are affected, what their primary needs are,
etc. From here they will design a direct action programme.
During the meeting the councillor also detailed the current
structure of the social services division, with 9 new workers in the public
division and 2 new members working directly with children and families in need.
The plan is that this will also reduce the waiting time that someone will
undergo to have an appointment with the department.
Finally, all those engaged agreed to meet every three months and
that through co-ordination they can offer the best, most agile, efficient and
flexible responses to those most in need.