Relatives now able to visit residents at Dar tal-Providenza

The administration of Id-Dar tal-Providenza has introduced new measures to enable visits to residents by their relatives who will be given an appointment. The duration of these visits is not to exceed 15 minutes.

Some visits have already started taking place and it seems the arrangements have been very well received as can be seen by the comment received by one of the relatives.

“A sincere well done for the initiative to allow me to meet my sister after long weeks during which I couldn’t get anywhere near her at Id-Dar tal-Providenza in Siġġiewi because of precautionary measures taken necessarily for the protection and well being of the residents.

Making a smart phone available was already a step in the right direction to establish contact with the residents as best as possible in these extraordinary circumstances. Now the Home’s administration has come up with another improvement making it possible to see our loved ones. I made an appointment and managed to meet up with my sister from behind a perspex. It was for me a truly beautiful moment because we saw each other and were near each other as much as humanly possible as well. Thank you for all that you are doing.”

Visiting hours during the week will be evenings only between 3.45pm and 6.00pm whilst on Saturdays and Sundays visits may happen between 9.30am and 11.00am as well as between 4.00pm and 6.00pm.
Relatives may show their wish to visit residents by calling on 2146 2844 with their details. Someone from administration will be calling back to inform them about the date and time of the booking of their appointment.
One of the first measures that Dar tal-Providenza took to safeguard the residents and the Support workers from the Corona Virus pandemic was to stop the usual visits by family and friends to residents in our homes. For that reason, in the middle of April the Home invested in a number of smart phones to ensure that the residents will still be able to maintain contact with their relatives and friends and vice-versa.

Friends of Providence House NSW donate $16,000 to Id-Dar tal-Providenza.

During the last sixteen months, the sum of $16,000 was raised by the Friends of Providence House NSW who usually present their donation to Id-Dar tal-Providenza at the annual Volleyball Marathon which is held on the first weekend of July at the Home’s parking lot in Siġġiewi.
Due to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic restrictions, the marathon had to be cancelled but the much needed funds have been directly transferred much earlier than planned to Id-Dar tal-Providenza to help keep up with the services it offers to its residents in the various homes.
These funds are the result of many months of hard work during 2019 and 2020 in the Maltese community of Sydney and surrounding areas. They consist of a major sponsorship by George Vella of Breakaway Travel, Blacktown, competitions, donations, raffles and the annual “Festa ta’ Generożità which was held earlier this year, together with a donation of $5,000 by a very generous anonymous benefactor.
Jim Borg, the Coordinator of Friends of Providence House NSW, together with his team, Marisa Previtera (Secretary) and Miriam Friggieri, (Treasurer) stay in regular contact with Fr Martin Micallef, Director, of Id Dar tal Providenza. Mr Borg said that his group will continue with its fundraising initiatives for what he describes a much respected and beloved institution in Australia as well.
On behalf of the residents, Fr Martin thanked the Friends of Providence House NSW for their continuous support and promised prayers.

13th May 2020 – the 33rd Anniversary of Mgr Mikiel Azzopardi’s death

Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, today celebrated Holy Mass in the chapel of the Home to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of Mgr Mikiel Azzopardi’s death. Dun Mikiel, as more popularly referred to, was born in Valletta on February 10th, 1910. He founded the Siġġiewi Home in September 1965 and died on May 13th, 1987.

Due to the present COVID-19 situation, the Mass was said in a private manner. Usually, it was attended by members of the Malta Catholic Action, led by the President, Mr Josef Debono, residents and friends of the Home.

Commemorating the 33rd anniversary of the death of Mgr. Mikiel Azzopardi

Today, May 13th 2020, we commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the death of Mgr. Mikiel Azzopardi, who founded Id-Dar tal-Providenza in 1965 and who used to refer to it as “an oasis of Christian charity”. Dun Mikiel, as he was mostly referred to was born in Valletta on the 10th of February 1910 and died on the 13th of May 1987.

Dun Mikiel used to look at every person with great love be it in the sector of education, later at the Malta Catholic Action and finally at Id-Dar tal-Providenza.

The aim of the Home is to offer a haven with a warm and family-like environment for persons with disability, who for some reason or another couldn’t remain living with their natural family.

Throughout these years, this service was only made possible thanks to the continuous support by Maltese and Gozitans alike, throughout as well as financial help.

Today, id-Dar tal-Providenza is made up of three residences: Villa Monsinjur Gonzi, Villa Papa Giovanni, Villa Papa Luciani as well as four homes in the community: ’Żerniq’ in Siġġiewi, ’Akkwarell’ in Qawra, ’Dar Pirotta’ in Birkirkara and ’Shalom’ in Żurrieq. It is hoped that later this year, always depending on how the pandemic COVID-19 will keep evolving, the fifth home will be opened in Balluta.

At the moment, the Home houses 115 residents between the ages of eight and over eighty years. It also offers respite services on a regular basis to families of persons with disabilities, thus offering them support to keep their disabled family member within their natural environment.

Later on today, the Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza will be offering a Mass for the repose of Mgr. Mikiel Azzopardi in the Home’s chapel.

“Street Music” at id-Dar tal-Providenza

The Ability Promoters at Id-Dar tal-Providenza are a group of workers whose main task is to promote the well-being of the residents through integrated living, healthy choices and self-responsibility. They organise daily activities for residents including sports, workshops in arts and music, education and technology and leisure activities amongst others.
Due to the present circumstances, this year this group had to rethink their schedule of activities as some planned activities, especially those outside the home, had to be cancelled because of possible health risks for the residents. The residents at the moment cannot attend Day Centres and cannot go out and so the Ability Team came up with alternate ideas for activities to make up for this.
One of the new activities is the “Street music” which is being organised twice a week. The music team entertains the residents from the different courtyards nearer to the residents, while still keeping social distancing. The rest of the residents come out to enjoy the show from the balconies overlooking the courtyard. The residents especially those who really love music look forward to this event.
Just after the concert was over, one of the residents said “I know most of the songs being sung and I enjoy singing with them. I also hung the Maltese flag from our balcony.”

Donation of Protective Masks

On Thusday, 6th May, Social Care Standards Authority’s Inspectorate employees distributed face masks to Id-Dar tal-Providenza.

Nadine Camilleri Cassano, Administrator of the Home, thanked the Hon. Silvio Parnis, Parliamentary Secretary For Active Ageing and Persons with Disability together with Norwex Malta Ltd. and Corinthia Group of Companies who donated these masks.

Dar tal-Providenza seamstresses produce face masks

Recently the Maltese Government kindly donated 9,000 face masks for the use of employees working at the Home. These masks will have to be discarded after use.
Because of the eventuality that these masks will not last for ever, the Home’s seamstresses started producing face masks from a washable and reusable material.
Every employee of the Home will be getting four of these masks.
The Home thanks its seamstresses for their work and commitment to continue safeguarding the residents in all the Dar tal-Providenza homes from this virus.

Smart phones to enable residents to keep contact with their family and friends

One of the first measures that Dar tal-Providenza took to safeguard the residents and the Support workers from the Corona Virus pandemic was to stop the usual visits by family and friends to residents in our homes. For that reason, the Home invested in a number of smart phones to ensure that the residents will still be able to maintain contact with their relatives and friends and vice-versa. This service was very well received by the residents as well as by their families and friends.

Holy Week Exhibition

This year, the usual exhibition tied to Holy Week that takes place at Id-Dar tal-Providenza in Siġġiewi will not be open to the public due to the CONVID-19 pandemic, however it was felt appropriate that it should still be set up for the benefit of the residents. This was possible with the work put in by the Ability Promoters and the residents themselves during cultural sessions that are specially organised for them.

Dar tal-Providenza cancels the July Volleyball Marathon

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for public health reasons in line with directives issued by our Health Authorities, the organisaton committee felt it necessary to cancel the Volleyball Marathon planned for July 3rd, 4th and 5th of this year. The Marathon is possible with the involvment of volleyball players, officials and volunteers whose health and that of their families as well as that of the Home’s residents is a priority.

Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Dar tal-Providenza, thanks all involved for their commitment and encourages them to abide at all times by the directives issued by the Health Authorities.