October 2011 Issue - Costa Calida Chronicle


October 2011 Issue - Costa Calida Chronicle

British residents in Costa Blanca South

have their healthcare and welfare questions

and concerns addressed

The Consulate and Pension Benefi t and

Healthcare Teams together with representatives

of local authorities and 15

British and Spanish support organisations

answered questions on how to access

their services. The aim of the “Consulate

in the Community” event was to

address questions and concerns around

healthcare and welfare for residents

across the Costa Blanca South and help

those that are most vulnerable in these

diffi cult times.

Members of the Consulate and other organisations

spoke to many of the over 200 people

present about their entitlements in terms of

pensions, benefi ts and healthcare and any

other welfare needs. Organisations represented

were HELP, MABS, Age Concern, AFA,

Torrevieja Stroke Support Group, Costa Blanca

Samaritans, the U3A, the Spanish Red Cross,

Caritas, the Royal British Legion as well as Torrevieja

Town Hall, social services, health authorities

and the local provincial government.

The event took place at the Centro Cultural

Virgen Del Carmen in Torrevieja and refreshments

were kindly provided by the Iceland

supermarket in Torrevieja where earlier in the

day the British Vice-consul Lloyd Milen and

Pension, Benefi t and Healthcare Offi cer, Laura

Leeman talked to shoppers and informed them

of the evening event.

The Consular team also held a meeting with

the various organisations and institutions taking

part in the open day to discuss how to improve

and increase the cooperation between


The British Consul in Alicante, Paul Rodwell,


“As consul, I think it is essential to be out and

about in the community. This event has potentially

helped hundreds of Brits and shown

them that there is a superb support mechanism

out there working in partnership with the

British Consulate in Alicante. It was especially

rewarding to see so many British and Spanish

organisations ready to help out those most in


The Pension, Benefi t and Healthcare

Team in Spain


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