The Xunta supports the social work of 12 entities in the province with an investment of 221,000 euros

The Xunta supports the social work of 12 entities in the province with an investment of 221,000 euros
The Xunta supports the social work of 12 entities in the province with an investment of 221,000 euros

The Xunta supports the social work of 12 entities in the province with an investment of 221,000 euros

The Xunta is investing almost 221,000 euros in supporting the work of 12 non-profit organisations in the province. The territorial delegate, Manuel Pardo, yesterday visited the headquarters of the María Andrea Widows Association, one of the beneficiary groups. In this case, the organisation received almost 25,000 euros, with which it will be able to maintain its activity, focused on providing social and labour care and comprehensive support to women at risk of social exclusion, especially those who are older, widows and with limited economic resources.

After touring the association’s facilities, Pardo met with its president, María Elena Paz, in which the Supporting in Loneliness programme was discussed, which has been running for seven years with the support of the Xunta. The service is aimed at elderly women in a situation of social vulnerability, with health problems or unshared family burdens. In this regard, the delegate wanted to highlight the role of the entity and the importance of offering guidance and psychosocial care to this group to ensure their social integration and, in the case of the youngest, to support them through job guidance and other actions that favour their employability.

In the case of older women, Pardo recalled that promoting the autonomy of those who live alone is “fundamental” to prevent loss of psychomotor or brain functions and to provide the necessary support in situations of dependency. “No less important is the emotional and social support that women at special risk of exclusion need,” she noted.

The Xunta contributes to energising women’s associations to enhance their capacity to reach the female collective as a “key element to advance real and effective equality”. In this line, the administration invested almost 1.8 million in more than 70 associations, federations and NGOs from different areas throughout the community to develop care programmes for vulnerable women. “The objective of the Galician Government is to continue allocating funds and programmes that allow them to improve their daily lives and thus reverse any situations of vulnerability that they may suffer,” said Pardo.

The Asociation

The María Andrea Widows Association is one of the twelve entities that form part of the Galician Federation of Widows. The Ourense organisation was founded in 1984 with the aim of fighting for and defending the rights of widowed women and their children, not only worrying about full equality, but also about their social integration.

Since 2016, the organization has been developing a program against loneliness, in which psychological care, social care and job guidance services are made available to those who need them.

 
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