Loneliness on the Costas

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JUST OVER two years a group of seven like-minded people identified a growing need for a community based project with a mission to provide help, advice, support and friendship to the ever increasing number of over 50’s living on the Costa del Sol.

Fast forward two and a half years and Age Concern Mijas y Fuengirola now has three weekly drop-in centres and a charity shop set up to support English speakers of any nationality within its geographical area.

“The Costa del Sol is not just sun and sangria”, said Branch Secretary Steve Lawrence,

“There is an undercurrent of loneliness and our drop-in centres are in the front line to fight this hidden scourge”

“At Age Concern there is an open invitation to every English speaking expat to pop in for a chat and see what we do.” He said.

“At each location clients have the opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones. There is always time for a chat and a game of card bingo or why not have a go in our weekly raffle to win prizes.” He added.

“We have a monthly lunch club, day trips and special events. So there is something for everyone.”

Age Concern Mijas y Fuengirola are located in Los Boliches in the Pensioners building above the indoor market and meet here EVERY Thursday from 11.00h-13.00h.

Nearby, in Calle Francisco Cano 56 (just by Spainsburys)  is their charity shop, selling top quality goods at low prices each weekday from 10.00-14.00 and also on Wednesdays from 17.00h-19.00h

They can also be located in Mijas Pueblo at the Oasis bar which is located on the right hand side of the road as you enter the village and past the car park, meeting every Thursday from 11.00h-13.00h

Additionally, there is also a meeting at El Caballo de Oro in La Cala situated behind Supersol in the centre of the village, every Friday from 11.30h-13.00h.

“Our ethos is very different from other organisations,” continued Steve, “We are an extended family and that embraces our clients, volunteers, donors and supporters.”

“Fighting loneliness is just part of what we are about.” He explained, “ We also have a strong Welfare Outreach Programme where we can offer one to one support to clients, including transport to hospitals and doctors appointments, shopping trips, a listening ear service and helping those eligible clients obtain additional funding from the Uk Government and we also loan mobility aids.”

For more information about the charity, how they can help and how you could perhaps help them as a volunteer or donor call their LIFELINE on 652537615 or pop into any drop-in centre where you will receive a very warm welcome.

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