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Family will finance 36 places in housing of the Alfa association to achieve the autonomy of people with intellectual disabilities (15/01/2018)

It also subsidizes its permaculture initiative with 35,000 euros, aimed at social insertion

The Ministry of Family and Equal Opportunities will finance this year 36 places that the Alfa association, Ceutí, has for people with intellectual disabilities in five homes, two in Lorquí and three in Ceutí, with an investment of 441,900 euros.

The Minister of Family and Equality of Opportunities, Violante Tomás, today received the director of the association, Javier Martínez, and the user Montse Pérez Soria, who presented her with a painting painted by her in the association's cultural workshops.

Tomás stressed that "sheltered housing for people with intellectual disabilities allow to achieve a sufficient degree of independence, with a follow-up and support from the team of professionals of this service, which allows them to achieve full social integration."

People who want and are prepared to share a flat, but who are not fully autonomous, can achieve their goal with the necessary external support to enable and enhance the personal skills needed for a real normalization.

In addition, people with intellectual disabilities who participate in the Alfa program attend daily, in the cultural center of Ceuta, art and craft workshops, textile workshop, music therapy workshop and relaxation workshop, among other activities.

The counselor said that the social activities they carry out "demonstrate the high degree of interaction that these people have in the life of their municipalities." From the Ministry we try to encourage their abilities to carry out their aspirations, goals and desires "

Some of the specific objectives of sheltered housing are to explore all areas of the person to know and strengthen their own capabilities and resources, as a determining factor in social adaptation, as well as providing resources and skills for the personal development of each of them. users, learning techniques that reduce the level of anxiety and stress in new situations.

The Alfa Association makes it easier for the user to decide about their own life, respecting their demands, tastes and preferences.

You are trained to make decisions and choose between different possibilities and alternatives such as leisure activities, life at home, as well as to decide the type of relationship with your family and friends, always under the supervision of the staff.

Ecological agriculture

The Ministry of Family and Equal Opportunities also awarded a subsidy to the Alfa association for the development of a permaculture project (ecological agricultural ecosystem) for people with intellectual disabilities in the municipalities of Ceutí and Lorquí, amounting to 35,000 euros.

This budget will be allocated to the maintenance of a new space dedicated to organic farming, in the form of permaculture, and integrated into the network Acude (Association for the Defense of Landscape, Genetic Diversity and Biodiversity) and member of the SPG (Sistema de Participation of Guarantees).

This initiative is oriented to the culture of ecology, healthy life and health care of the human being and the planet.

People with intellectual disabilities should have access to these concepts and way of life as a form of social integration and participation.

Likewise, this activity can open up new work paths for people with intellectual disabilities, since it will allow them, once trained, to become trainers, leaders or co-leaders of this vital orientation.

The program includes activities for the knowledge of the basic techniques of permaculture, learning for the identification of at least twenty aromatic and medicinal plants, knowledge of the impact of the seasons on the development of agriculture, practical learning of the techniques of plant reproduction ( seeds, cuttings, etc.) and awareness of healthy eating.

Source: CARM

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