HELP Vega Baja are delighted to announce that their office in Torrevieja is now due to re-open. The centre in Calle Rambla Juan Mateo Garcia closed temporarily in December 2016 for a period of re-structure and review. The Torrevieja office was opened over 35 years ago and was the first base for HELP. Since then they opened their office in San Miguel de Salinas 10 years ago and also have a helpdesk in La Marina.

The official re-opening of the Torrevieja office was held in April and it will now be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am until 1.30pm. The intention is to extend these opening hours to Mondays and Fridays too when sufficient volunteers are available.

President Michele Masson, is delighted at the new developments; ‘As a charity it is important that we keep up with the needs of the local community and although many people will always prefer to discuss problems face to face with our volunteers, we are also conscious that there are other ways we can offer support such as through our website, Facebook page and the talks that we offer to local groups.

We therefore took the decision to close the office, completely renovate it and prepare for the next chapter of the charity and its link with the town of Torrevieja. Our volunteers now have a very professional and comfortable environment with all the latest facilities they need at their fingertips. We aim to continue offering the advice that people rely on us for, particularly as we enter what, for the British community, can be worrying times.’

HELP Vega Baja are keen to continue to work closely with Torrevieja town hall and good links have been made with Councillor Carmen Morate who is the councillor for charities and the foreign community. ‘We are very positive that working relationships with the town hall will be strengthened and we will be able to support the OARI office in offering advice to visitors,’ explains Michele.

The office in Torrevieja will also be used for training courses, craft classes, Spanish conversation classes and they are also looking into the possibility of having a book club there. They would welcome any further suggestions from members of the public.

The Torrevieja office is the base for the welfare officer, Wendy, and solicitor Jordi Sole who will be able to make appointments and utilise the facilities for those people who live in the town. There is additional space available in the office for any charity who would also like to have their base there. There are three desks but volunteers only occupy two at the moment, leaving one free for another charity who would perhaps like to raise their profile in the town. For more information about this please contact Michele: president@helpvegabaja.com

‘There is never a dull moment at HELP,’ says Michele. ‘So much is going on and it would be impossible without the support we receive from everyone in the community and our great team of volunteers. We would love to hear from anyone who has a few hours a week to spare and who would like to join our team.’

 

For more information about HELP Vega Baja and details of their membership benefits, events or how you can help, contact their San Miguel Centre on 966 723 733 or visit their webpage www.helpvegabaja.com  .

Suzanne O’Connell