THE Government of Gibraltar and the Care Agency have launched a new family and community centre on Mid Harbour Estate.

It is hoped that the new centre will provide an invaluable resource for children, young people and families in Gibraltar.

The Mid Harbour centre will provide a multi-agency service with a number of different organisations providing tailored, specialist involvement.

Housing Minister Samantha Sacramento believes the centre will allow for preventative rather than reactive response to social issues in Gibraltar

Groups providing support at the centre include the Gibraltar Health Authority, Drug and Rehabilitation Services, the Youth Service and the Department of Education.

The Minister for Health, Care and Justice, Neil F. Costa, believes the project will be an overwhelming success.

“We fully embrace the opportunities which this centre will offer and support the vision for this service,” he said.

Structured programmes will include the Incredible Years parenting programme while informal drop-in sessions will also be run to provide parents with the opportunity to seek advice from professionals.

The Head of Children’s Services, Ms Nicole Viagas expressed her delight at being involved in the scheme.

“The Care Agency will ensure that it is a community-led initiative whereby the programmes and early support offered will be tailor-made to meet the needs experienced by those in the community.

“I am extremely grateful at the opportunity to work with the different staff teams who will run this service and to those persons who have worked relentlessly to make this possible”, she said.

“Our mission is to provide an empowering, community-focused service, which enables families to thrive.”