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Social Welfare subsidizes the Project Kangaroo for the work-life balance of mothers without support networks

Soldecanarias.net / La Laguna

La Laguna contributes 30,000 euros to the Anchieta Minors Social

Reintegration Association for the development of this project, which has five educators

The Local Government Board of the City Council of La Laguna has recently approved a direct grant of 30,000 euros, proposed by the Social Welfare Area, to support the Kangaroo Project of the Anchieta Minors’ Social Reintegration Association. This initiative makes it possible to offer a 24-hour babysitting service for single-mother families at risk of social exclusion, a proposal with flexible hours and adapted to the needs of family conciliation so that mothers without support networks and scarce economic resources can work or continue with their training to access a job.

The councilor for Social Welfare, Rubens Ascanio, assures that «this initiative connects with a demand detected in the Area and that it favors the employability of mothers who need a job or job training to get out of a situation of vulnerability». With this subsidy, we collaborate in the endowment of two of the five educators with whom this project has and who are the ones who “accompany the families in this conciliation process, ensuring the well-being of the minors and their good conditions. , while their mothers attend to these aspects of training or work in sectors where conciliation is quite difficult, such as services ”, highlights Ascanio.

The Kangaroo project covers 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, adapting its schedules to the specific needs of each family unit and providing a fundamental availability and flexibility to complement the rest of existing resources, such as nursery schools, educational centers, day services or urban camps, among others. It serves 30 boys and girls from 0 to 12 years old and, in addition to accompaniment, includes a comprehensive care and education program for the harmonious development of minors, enhancing their emotional growth and personal autonomy in educational activities in daily life. .

This grant has the favorable report of the Unit for Children and Family, Women, Housing Resources and Volunteering of the Social Welfare and Quality of Life Area, indicating that this project «complements the activities and actions that are developed in the municipal social services themselves , enabling mothers with minors and without support networks, greater opportunities for training, seeking or maintaining a job, circumstances necessary to achieve emancipation from public aid and thus seek an autonomous life ”.

The IMAS of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the Canarian Employment Service are also collaborating with this project and a subsidy has recently been requested from the Ministry of Social Rights of the Government of the Canary Islands, some aid that allows the hiring of a team of 5 day teachers complete and outside of normal educational hours.

The Association for the Social Reintegration of Minors Anchieta also manages the temporary residential resource for single mothers with dependent minors and in situations of extreme vulnerability Tanita, in which all the necessary resources are provided and which also has the collaboration of the Social Welfare Area through an annual grant of 34,000 euros.

Data on the social gap of women with family responsibilities

According to the FOESSA Report on Exclusion and Social Development, in the Canary Islands, 40.3% of families with children from 0 to 10 years old are not or have never been in school. The relative risk of poverty rate in the Islands is 30.5%, almost nine points above the country as a whole (21.6%) and, according to the data obtained in 2018, 31.2% of the Archipelago households supported by a woman are in a situation of social exclusion.

Large families and single-mother families continue to be the groups most exposed to the risk of exclusion, with rates of 51.5% and 50.6%, respectively. The high exclusion rate of households that only receive income from the Social Protection System doubles in the Canary Islands (40.8%) than in the rest of Spain (19.5%).

About 75% of the users of social services in La Laguna are women and, furthermore, 40% of the people who use these services have an age range of between 35 and 55 years, in a substantial part, with minors in charge.

To address the reality of the situation of single-parent households and similar realities, La Laguna contemplates in its Equality Plan the need to have resources that facilitate the reconciliation of family, work and personal life, so that opportunities for access, reconciliation and promotion are egalitarian between both sexes and, thus, break the current gender gap in the world of work, this project being an example of this.

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