Recently Prakash Udhwani and Margaret and Mike Marshall, all members of the Tenerife Sur Lions Club, visited the Adeje Council offices to hand over two cheques to the Asociación San Jose and the Los Olivos Centre for Special Needs.
The councillor with responsibility for the elderly and people with special needs, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, and social welfare councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo said they were very grateful for the donation and congratulated the work of the association.
The money was raised during the very colourful and fun-filled Holi Mela Hindu event that was held in the Fañabe Plaza. This celebration of Indian culture was also a fund raiser, with the guests invited to pay for a plate of paella and a soft drink.
Prakash Undhwani thanked those who worked to make the event a success, including the Havana Chic Lounge Club, Gourmetland, the Association Hindu Tenerife South and the Tenerife Sur Lions.
Councillor Carmen Rosa said it was wonderful to see the level of involvement by the Lions and the Hindu community, adding “I would like to thank them and congratulate the associations involved for the solidarity they are demonstrating for people who are seriously in need during these difficult times”. She also invited the Lions representatives to visit the two centres to see the excellent work they do and see how their donations are being used .
Council and Alas team members meet with potential employeers
At the launch of the Adeje council’s ‘Alas’ (Wings) programme the talk was about the creation of real jobs for people with special needs, jobs that were more than a token nod in the direction of this sector of society.
‘Alas’ is being developed by the Adeje departments of social welfare and disability and the team at the Adeje Occupational Centre whose main function is to develop participation by their users (those people with special needs) in significant activities and contribute to new levels of personal development. This in turn will lead to a reinforcement of their independence and an improvement in their quality of lfe. The centre cares for people between the ages of 21 and 65 who attend on a daily basis, and provides rehabilitation services and occupational workshops and offers the other family members of the special needs person a break, often much needed.
‘Alas’ is a series of actions based on orientation and individual attention in a work place, with professional qualified trainers, whose aim is to facilitate the social and professional integration of the special needs person into a work place, with equality of treament in that workplace. The programme aims to change the perspective of the special needs person and move them from the occupational centre into an open work environment according to their wishes, needs and abilities.
The programme is designed to work with cerebral palsy sufferers, those with intellectual needs with a recognised disability level of 33 % or more and persons with physical needs or sensory disabilities of 65 % or more. According to the organisers there are already 20 persons in training with a number almost ready to begin their new careers.
The ‘Alas’ programme seeks to ensure that the new employee is integrated into the workplace, and each individual receives training for specific work placements as well as while on the job – in other words the idea is to move away from across-the-board repetitive work practises and allow the special needs person develop skills for a specific job. Families are also involved in the programme and the development of each individual person’s employment prospects as are the companies that are hiring. And once in place there will be ongoing assesment.
During December members of the Alas programme and the council, through the relevant department headed up by Carmen Rosa González Cabrera have meetings with potential employees, based in Adeje, and believe that soon up to 20 % of those using the Occupational Centre will be eligible to enter the job market, with up to 60 % of those in Functional Rehabilitation also moving towards full integration. For business who take part in the programme they will be eligible for financial benefits reduction in taxes depending on the kind of contract they can offer the special needs person. Very much a win-win situation for all involved.