The municipality of Vila Nova de Famalicão, through the "Cuidar Maior" project, has once again been recognised for its good practices and support measures for informal caregivers.
The town of Vila Nova de Famalicão is among the 42 Portuguese municipalities distinguished with the Seal of Merit in the 2nd edition of the Network of Municipalities Caring for Informal Carers (RACCI), a project promoted by the "Caring for Informal Caregivers Movement" with the institutional support of Merck to distinguish, publicise and amplify the best practices in this area carried out by municipalities and parishes throughout Portugal.
The flag and the merit seal corresponding to this new distinction were delivered this Tuesday, March 28th, to the mayor, Mário Passos, and the councillor for Health, Sofia Fernandes, by the hands of the technical responsible for the project "Cuidar Maior", created in 2020 by the Social and Parish Centre of Requião to be the support of all informal caregivers in the famalicense municipality in terms of health, training, among other areas.
Satisfied with the recognition, Mário Passos highlighted the importance of this social project in the municipality, which already guides, supports and trains 327 informal caregivers and which, in the last meeting of the municipal executive, was approved with a financial support of 26 thousand euros.
"The work of Cuidar Maior is of enormous importance because it positively influences the quality of life of those who care, but also of the person cared for", said the mayor.
It should also be noted that according to a survey conducted by the Caring for Informal Carers Movement, the main needs indicated by informal caregivers range from the lack of emotional/psychological support, state-related support, financial support, to the need to receive specific training.