Abu Dhabi: The Department of Community Development (DCD) has launched the Abu Dhabi Family Wellbeing Strategy, which has been approved by Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, during the council’s meeting.
The strategy consists of a wide-ranging plan that aims to strengthen families as the foundation of a connected, cohesive, and productive society.
Among the planned initiatives are new centres to support marriage preparation, enable couples and individuals to build fulfilling and healthy relationships, and provide them with helpful techniques that support family cohesion.
“An investment in the wellbeing of youth is an investment in future generations, and building a strong foundation and investing in youth advances socioeconomic development that benefits all; likewise, the family unit as a whole serves as the binder of society, while seniors are an asset as their skills, knowledge, and experience are resources that can be leveraged by current and future generations,” the Chairman added.
The centres will also provide guidance and services to parents, in addition to financial literacy training and financial planning guidance for every generation.
The initiatives include plans for a new family preparation and counselling centre, work-life balance policies, a life skills programme, as well as community centres and policies to support seniors and their wellbeing.
The Department of Community Development held meetings with more than 30 entities to understand current strategies and plans, as well as enablers related to quality of life and social challenges.
DCD also organised 23 focus groups, including sessions to analyse social challenges with different groups of society as well as the social sector’s workforce, in addition to holding 16 interviews with leaders across the Abu Dhabi Government to discuss national priorities and ways to further enhance the quality of life in the emirate.