Social Welfare Services

Social Welfare Services include the Department of Seniors and Disabled Public Assistance, the “Child Dowry” Project and the Early Childhood Co-ordination Service.

It is offered by the Committee for the Protection of the Rights of People with a Mental Handicap, which operates under the aegis of the Ministry of Labor, Welfare and Social Insurance. It is aimed at preschoolers aged up to 6 – 7 years of age with mental disability and / or other developmental disorders.

The aim is to prevent / reduce the degree of dependence that a child with mental disability and / or other developmental disorders can develop. Early provision of appropriate services has a later positive impact on the independence of the individual, the improvement of the quality of life as an adult, and the relief of the family from continued care and support.

Three officials are employed on a pan-Cypriot basis who, after an incident referral, come into contact with the family and act as a link between each other and the service providers.


The following participates:

  • Social Welfare Services, Ministry of Labor, Welfare and Social Insurance
  • Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the Archaeological University of Macedonia
  • Makarios III, Ministry of Health
  • Clinical Genetics at Arch. Makarios III Hospital, Ministry of Health
  • Health Visiting Service, Ministry of Health
  • Special Education Service, Ministry of Education and Culture
  • Department of Educational Psychology, Ministry of Education and Culture
  • Pancyprian Association of Parents of Delayed Persons


The following cooperates:

  • Municipality of Aradippou
  • Municipality of Kato Polemidia
  • Pediatric Society of Cyprus

Referral is done by doctors and therapists (eg speech therapists, physiotherapists, etc.) of the governmental and private sector, voluntary organizations, parents, parents’ associations, public and private schools and kindergartens, nurses, health visitors etc


More information and referral:

  • Nicosia, Central Offices CP-Mental, Phone: 99 540406/409 – 22 871325/333, Fax: 22 429544
  • Limassol / Paphos, Municipality of Polemidia, Phone: 99 540408, Fax: 25 396699
  • Larnaca / Famagusta, Municipality of Aradippou, Phone: 99 540407 – 24 813010, Fax: 24 811072

The aim is to reduce material deprivation and reduce the risk of social exclusion of the benefiting families.

The Baby Dowry package includes basic consumer goods such as equipment, linen, baby nappies and personal hygiene and baby care products, of a total value of € 1,763.

Beneficiaries are families with a child / children born / born on or after January 1, 2017 or born before December 31, 2018 or until the budget is exhausted and who are eligible for EWS or face special problems on the basis of a relevant Social Service Officer’s report. A prerequisite for receiving the package is participation in the Accompanying Measures.

Accompanying Measures

  • Participation in a two-hour presentation on “Enhancing Parental Skills”
  • Get information about plans, programs and other opportunities / ways that the family could help

You can find a relevant application below and more information is available at the Social Welfare Services, Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca, Famagusta and Pafos District Welfare Offices as well as at the Social Services Offices.

The aim of the Sector is to ensure the right to a dignified life of the elderly and disabled with a view to combating social exclusion.

To avoid institutionalization, Secondary Care and Institutional Care services are provided.

  • Secondary Care: Enables elderly or disabled people to be serviced by Seniors’ Roofs or Adult Centers during the day. They provide services such as food, laundry, employment, entertainment.
  • Institutional Care: It is provided to people who need continuous care and can not be satisfied by their family or by the supportive services offered in the environment in which they live. The Roofs of the Elderly and Disabled, the State Roofs, the shelters and the availability of properly trained carers are within the competence of the Social Welfare Services.