Useful information website for older and vulnerable British people living in Spain expands coverage into Tenerife
The website seeks to help tackle the challenges of an ageing foreign population and was launched this week at networking events for voluntary groups on the Canary Islands.
This week the British Consulate and the University of Birmingham launched local coverage in Tenerife of their support website for older and more vulnerable British residents.
The website, Support in Spain (www.supportins-pain.info), contains useful information on how to get extra support and help on a wide range of topics, such as health care, disabled services and benefits, as well as a directory of local support organisations.
Helen Keating, British Vice-Consul – Santa Cruz de Tenerife, said ahead of the launch: “It is exciting to see this website expanding into Tenerife after a successful start in mainland Spain.”
“There is some incredible work carried out by so many volunteers across the islands to support foreign residents who are in need. As the Consulate cannot be in all areas at once, we hope that this website is a useful support tool for voluntary groups in their work and for residents as well.”
“We have compiled the site in Spanish, as well as English, so that social workers, medical staff and Spanish-speaking friends can, for the first time, access information on English-speaking support available.”
Helen continued: “Our me-ssage from the British Con-sulate to UK residents is clear: Plan ahead for the future. Anyone can become vulnerable at any time and it is better to be prepared.”
Two well-attended after-noon events were held. In Tenerife North, the project was presented in the English Library, Puerto de la Cruz on Wednesday (19th June) and Adeje Cultural Centre was the host for the meeting in Tenerife South on Thursday 20th June.
The meeting was led by Neil Hesketh of the Support in Spain project and Penny Gómez, Consular Officer for the British Consulate Tenerife.
Attending the events was a wide variety of organisations providing support to British residents in Tenerife including; Fighting Against Cancer Tenerife, Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer, AMATE Breast Cancer Support, Lions Club, Callao Salvaje Community Church, El Arca de Noé, The English Library, Friends of Tenerife, All Saints Church, The British Games Club, Tenerife Family Church, SHE women’s support, House of Hope, Living Room.
The meetings were also an important opportunity for those present to meet with a Consulate representative and network with other people working with older and more vulnerable people in Tenerife.
Support in Spain project background
The Support in Spain website is the result of a close co-operation between the British Consulates in Southern Spain and the School of Social Policy at the University of Birmin-gham.
The original project set out to research the issues older and vulnerable British people face while living in Spain and to suggest possible solutions to help prevent them becoming socially isolated in the future.
One of the conclusions of the study was the need to develop a website that included all the contact information of the different voluntary groups and Spanish statutory authorities available locally, as well as helpful advice on common ques-tions, such as how to secure extra social care, help for a disability or assistance with paperwork in Spanish.
The project was funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The content of the website currently covers the Costa del Sol, Almeria and the Canaries, where there are high numbers of British residents. It is published in Spanish as well as English and has had over 35,000 visitors since it was launched.
Website address: www.su-pportinspain.info
More information: Neil Hesketh, 677 688 427, email@example.com