The Adeje council via the department of wellbeing and care for diversity, young people and the family, has just completed a series of sessions with the parents of users of the Los Olivos Care centre for people with special needs. These were held throughout the month of March and helped a new ‘conversation’ to allow parents express their opinions and ideas about the services on offer.
“These kinds of meetings help strengthen the bonds between the families using the centre and for whom the council are happy to work in the search for solutions to particular problems they may have”, said the councillor responsible for the centre, Isabel Fernández González.
Themes such as communication, appropriate use of social networks, care and diversity within the family were dealt with and there was a psychomotor session where parents were asked to relate to their own childhoods.
The sessions were held in the Los Olivos centre and all those who took part found the exercises very useful and positive for them and their families.
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Asociación San Juan
The Adeje based Asociación San Juan is celebrating twenty years of working to improve the quality of life for people with physical and mental challenges.
According to the councillor with responsibility for people with special needs, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, “the Asociación San Juan, along with the Los Olivos Centre for the Disabled are reference points for care and attention for people with different needs in the borough of Adeje and have contributed greatly to improving lives.”
The Asociación San Juan, which bases its educational programme on the Waldorf Method, is a centre for curative education and social therapy. The Waldorf Method is one which stresses the role of the imagination in learning and places a strong value on integrating intellectual, practical, and artistic themes, integrating family, learning and work into the cultural life of the person with learning difficulties or social challenges. It is a method which favours social, cultural and profession integration for adults who have developmental problems and who need special care.
According to Fidel Ortega Dueñas, the educative director of the San Juan centre, “the implantation of an education and a way of life which promotes human rights and a level of auto- determination, and the integration of individuals who need special assistance are ideals on which the work of the Asociación San Juan is based and in recent years in collaboration with the regional Canarian government we have been able to offer social and social-health services.
To mark the anniversary the association held a number of workshops, and on Monday May 26th there will a theatre performance of “El Principito” in the Adeje Cultural Centre at 7.30pm, entry is free.