The Institute of Social and Socio-Health Care (IASS) launches its social tourism program with the elderly from Garachico and Los Silos. The councilor for the area in the Cabildo, Marián Franquet, explains that the project intends for people to disconnect from their routines, change their environment and enjoy the tranquility, in addition to improving their psychosocial health.
This group of older people, who have moved to the southern part of the Island, He is the first of the more than 500 with limited resources who will be able to benefit from a vacation thanks to the contribution of the Cabildo and the collaboration of the municipalities
The insular social tourism program begins its activity with a first group of 22 elderly people from the northeastern region who began a five-day stay last Monday in accommodation in the Golf del Sur area on a full-board basis. The project plans to reach a total of 576 people who have limited financial resources.
The third vice president and counselor for Social Action of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Marián Franquet, explains that, after the pandemic, the elderly are the group that has had the most difficulty leading a normal life and recovering leisure activities. “That is why we believed that it was essential to reactivate this project, so that the elderly in Tenerife could disconnect and enjoy a few days of tranquility that have a positive impact on psychosocial health,” says Marián Franquet.
Likewise, the counselor explains that, given the restrictions due to the health crisis that existed when work began on the program, an inland tourism model was chosen, also favoring the business fabric of the island’s tourism sector.
“This is a pilot project that we will continue in the future”
“This is a pilot project that we will continue, with complete certainty, in the future”, explains the counselor, who points out that “knowing the experiences of these first people will allow us to adjust the program both in this edition and for the next calls”. . In this regard, she values that “we intend to influence the idea of knowing what they want to do and how they want to do it.”
Visit to wineries
In addition to enjoying the services offered by the hotel where they will stay, the people selected for this peculiar tourist experience will be able to visit some wineries in the southern zone. In this way it is possible for them to get to know an important part of the local product, agriculture and gastronomy of the Island.
This initiative is in line with the activities that the Cabildo de Tenerife, under the umbrella of the Conecta Mayores program, promotes in order to promote the well-being and quality of life of this group. They are focused on prevention, the development of a healthy life and their integration into the community. Franquet and the Minister of Citizen Participation, Nauzet Gugliotta, presented the program last September to clubs and associations in the north-west of the island in what was the precedent for its start with this first group.