Fr Saviour Grima OSA Mr Denis A. Darmanin Secretary HerO ACTION PLAN
The Parish of St. Augustine approximately a quarter of the habited area of Valletta.
How it all started EU Projects for the Community The HerO Action Plan Aims and Objectives
The Project began in 2006 with a Planning Application for the removal of debris in the Crypt area (WWII), the restoration of parts of the crypt, and other minor works. The project included the upgrading of the under-croft and crypt to better service the community. The recognition of the heritage potential came with further studies of the crypt and the Church and Convent. The archaeological excavations revealed further interesting architectural aspects.
The Project was extended in 2007 with a development of a possible Conservation Management Plan and Interpretation Framework. The Heritage Consultants HE worked closely with the Community – mainly Fr Lucjan Borg, Fr Saviour Grima and myself. With the help of volunteers the WWII shelter complex was rehabilitated. Heritage Consultants tapped opportunities for EU funding.
The area of the Parish especially theManderaggiois in need of constant support with social inclusion. Together with Youth and Children we participated in many projects through EU Programmes. These catered for the needs of the parishioners, through outreach projects, the Community launched the program ‘Youth in Action Programme’ (EU 1.2), as encouraged by the Archdiocese of Malta’s ‘Church and Culture’ participation.
For the past three years, the parish has also hosted ‘Skola Sajf’ (Summer School) where some 60 children from the parish and beyond, were taught various creative skills, given lectures, attended excursions, met with local dignitaries and visited places of historical importance, with the support of the Valletta Local Council, the YMCA (Malta), the Valletta Community Network, St. Albert’s Collage, the Civil Protection, Malta Police Force and other agencies and departments.
The most recent project in the line is a group work on the history of the Valletta Mandraggio, where youths aided by church helpers have conducted research, took photographs, interviewed residents and built models, which were then used for an audio-visual program. Another project recently launched is the ‘Santu Wistin 6pm IT & Resource Centre’, where underprivileged children from Valletta find a friendly environment where they’re aided with their studies, learn computer skills and receive counseling related to their studies.
Heritage oriented Programmes ICOM Museums Day 2 consecutive years Notte Bianca Valletta Street Alive Member for HerO Support Group Interreg and local ERDF Programmes
The Action Plan area includes most of the Parish Area especially the Manderaggio down to Due Balli. The Objectives of the CMP and the Masterplan are to correspond to ERDF priorities in the OP for; Tourism Regeneration The main aim is to; Restore the Church and Convent Adaptively re-use areas of the undercroft to create a recreational/tourism space Promote the architecture and urban history of the area Establish a Business centre thru’ a fully fledged Conferencing venue It is one of the three major regeneration projects in the Action Plan
Develop the Crypt/Undercroft as an interpreted site and an interpretation centre for the Manderaggio Quarter and its development, Redevelop sections of the Convent as a Business Centre and Museum, Provide a wide range of resources reflecting the history and culture of the precinct. Ensure the Interpretation Centre and Business Centres re promoted widely in Malta and overseas. Ensure that the complex which has been identified as an Interpretation Centre, retains its identity. Additionally this area should be also highlighted through various interpretative panels within the remaining Wings. Promote the Church and Convent precinct as an essential part of a Valletta/Malta experience. Ensure areas use facilitates for a range of visitor experiences. Work with local groups to promote the Church and Convent precinct as a community facility. Promote the Church and Convent as a preferred venue for conferencing, entertainment and recreation. Promote the Church and Convent as a centre of research in areas related to conservation, interpretation and management of Valletta and especially the Manderaggio. Provide an education centre with relevant resource information and activitiesfor use by schools, tertiary institutions and the general public. Deliver a range of public programmes and education.