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Where we started

  

The LEAP Project began in 2013 when an EU project was launched aiming at ‘Building the future together, promoting social mobility’.
 
The project was developed on 3 pillars:
 
1.  Community Development – Coordinate and network to create projects, tap into resources to uplift our regions
2.  Social Mobility
3.  Capacity Building – Training
 
The Project’s main aim was “Building Regional Networks to empower social cohesion and the setting up of Social Development Centres and Family Resource Centres” - To establish local partnerships and create better policy implementation structures
 
The LEAP Programme and the National Strategic Policy for Poverty Reduction and for Social Inclusion

Upon the successful completion of the EU funded LEAP project, The Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity chose to continue on the successful aspects that LEAP has lead to.
 
The LEAP project is now developed as a LEAP Programme which is part of the National Strategic Policy for Poverty Reduction and for Social Inclusion.
 
This strategic policy reflects Malta’s ongoing commitment to reduce poverty and social exclusion by promoting the wellbeing and improving the quality of life for all.
 
It focuses on 4 population groups: (i) children, (ii) elderly, (iii) unemployed, and (iv) working poor. This policy focuses on 6 key dimensions that can determine or alleviate poverty and social exclusion, namely (a) income and social benefits, (b) employment, (c) education, (d) health and environment, (e) social services, and (f) culture.
 
The programme targets the Priority Axis ‘Promoting an equal and inclusive labour market’ as it aims to create occupational opportunities for disadvantaged groups and households which are or are often at risk of poverty. The target groups include single parents, people with disabilities, ex-offenders, migrants and the working poor, amongst others, which are considered vulnerable or disadvantaged.
 
The project aims to combat social exclusion and poverty through a number of interventions which include the development of a cluster based network system at both regional and local levels which will help foster social cohesion and mobility in various vulnerable localities. It is aimed at vulnerable individuals so as to help them integrate within the labour market.
 
The Development of the LEAP Programme
 
6 regions and 11 Leap centres:
  • The Northern Region – Qawra & Għarghur
  • The Northern Harbour Region – Valletta & Msida
  • The West Region – Qormi
  • The South Harbour Region – Birgu & St. Luċija
  • The Southern Region – Kirkop, Zurrieq & Marsascala
  • Gozo Region – Xewkija


Our Work – Reaching the most vulnerable

As of this year (2016) the LEAP programme aimed at reaching as many vulnerable people as possible in order to provide support within the family framework so as to reduce poverty within the family.
 
In order to reach those people most vulnerable to poverty , LEAP is also responsible for the running of the FEAD programme – Fund for European Aid to the most Deprived.


The Process:
  • Upon food collection every head of household entitled for a food package was asked for a signed consent so that our LEAP mentors could do a home visit.
  • After distribution, appointments were made by the respective Regional Development Agents and mentors to establish the first outreach contact with our target group.
  • During this home visit a profiling exercise is done to each and every family member to assess the needs of each family, more specifically each family member within the household.
  • LEAP aims to reduce poverty through Employment and Education. Therefore, during our initial visit in the household an emphasis is placed on the importance of employment. Our key workers emphasise that employment leads to a better quality of life in a holistic manner.
  • After each Home Visit our social mentors are invited to do a SWOT analysis of the family. Thus portraying the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats the family is experiencing, giving the respective mentor an outline of the family’s main issues.
  • An action plan is then established for the family.


Some initiatives undertaken

Stakeholder networks within 6 regions
  • A book exchange in Qawra
  • A summer camp in Kirkop
  • A boutique in Valletta
  • Network directories
  • A national database for persons with disability
  • 3 transnational visits

Our Achievements
 
80 Leap beneficiaries entered in regular employment thanks to LEAP.