The social services section of La Caixa bank has donated four tablets to the Los Olivos centre.
The Adeje Los Olivos Centre for people with special needs has, since its inception, worked on ways to develop and stimulate the quality of life of those who attend the centre, and “following a pilot programme, has approved the use of computer tablets for users of the centre who have shown how they can adapt to different applications that are geared for their use”, according to councillor for the centre, Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro.
As a result of this experience, the Los Olivos group, representing mothers and fathers of the users of the centre, presented a projected using new technology for users to the social services division of the La Caixa bank, resulting in the donation of four tablets to the centre. According to the councillor, the donation “will improve the range of possibilities for users of the centre, helping to improve their cognitive perceptions as well as their use of information technology. The diverse therapies used at the Los Olivos centre have allowed for the advancement in the autonomy of many users and contributed to an improvement in the quality of life for those with special needs”.
Present at the handing over of the tablets were Councillor Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro, Pilar Quiroga Gutiérrez, negotiations director for Tenerife West, La Caixa, ; Eva María Salazar Arrocha, director of La Caixa, Adeje, Amadeo Barba Santos, president of the Los Olivos parents group and Artemis Carballo García, from the special needs unit.
Currently, the Los Olivos centre has 119 users and attends to a further 65 individuals. Individuals have different needs and require different levels of care and attention, and are helped in terms of social educative, personal, community and work-related integration. Programmes run by the centre include occupational workshops, psychological attention, work experience for social advance, adult development schemes, ‘my time’ (family break schemes), and a carers school among other initiatives.