Outlook launches SPERO Centre

Parliamentary Secretary for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing, Dr Justyne Caruana officially launched SPERO, a Training Centre for the blind, on Monday 22nd September. SPERO is a Public-Private Partnership between Agenzija Sapport and Outlook Coop. SPERO’s clients are given vocational as well as informal training in various areas. Dr Caruana said this was a leap forward in the quality of life of these persons, a clear testament of the Government’s commitment to improving the quality of life of persons with disability.

SPERO is now a fully fledged Training and Activity Centre for the blind. Through various initiatives, such as Braille Training and Computer Skills Training, participants are given opportunities which will assist them in meeting their personal goals. The training provided is designed to meet each individual’s needs and abilities and is provided on a one-to-one basis.

In addition the Centre organises talks and thematic programmes around topics of particular interest to participants, such as our national heritage. Participants are given the opportunity to socialise on a daily basis thereby enriching their communication skills and their ability to work in a team.

Innovatively, literary, drama and music sessions are being offered on a regular basis by qualified and established tutors. An important focus of the Centre is its endeavour to provide ongoing opportunities to participants to acquire independent living techniques designed to meet their daily living needs.

The Centre organises monthly outings which are specifically selected according to the participants’ preferences and needs.