AFTER THIRTY five years of providing assistance and advice to expatriate UK residents in the municipality, HELP Vega Baja re-opened the doors to its headquarters this week.
Torrevieja NGO Councillor, Carmen Morate, was in attendance to show support and cut the ribbon along with President of the non-profit making organisation, Michele Masson.
They both highlighted the close relationship between the local government and HELP and were delighted to be able to continue and develop the collaboration from the new headquarters in Rambla de Juan Mateo 4. In fact, the NGO will also have a help desk within the new facility.
Carmen Morate told the audience ”This heralds a new stage of close collaboration within the city thanks to the proximity between these headquarters and the OARI (Office of Attention to the International Resident) in the Plaza de Capdepont. We now have a large number of volunteers available to refer people to, enabling us to work more closely together. ”
Michele Masson explained ”We have been working in Torrevieja for 35 years and are delighted to re-open the offices in collaboration with the City Council for the benefit of all those who need help, it is a new chapter for us”
She added ”We are very fortunate because of the large number of volunteers on hand to help those in need and fundraisers who raised 26,000 euros in donations last year which was distributed to groups and individuals in our area who needed it.”
The organisation has 1600 volunteers working for them, 1400 of whom live in the Vega Baja region.
Included in the list of activities HELP’s volunteers offer are hospital visits; social groups for people living alone; support groups for diabetics and patients with Parkinson’s disease; social workers, lawyers, classes in conversational Spanish and craft workshops amongst others.
They also welcome suggestions and new ideas from people and are always open to new volunteers and fundraisers getting in touch.
The new headquarters will initially be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10.00am to 1.30pm. However HELP intend to open every day as more volunteers join the organisation.
For further information on HELP Torrevieja’s activities or how to offer your services as a fundraiser or volunteer phone 966 723 733 or visit the group’s website www.helpvegabaja.com.
They also have a Help Vega Baja facebook page and Michele Masson is contactable by email on [email protected]