Around 30 people, including volunteers and representatives from charities and the Axarquía hospital, attended a presentation given by British Consul in Malaga, Charmaine Arbouin and Neil Hesketh, from Support in Spain, at the Axarquía hospital in Torre del Mar on Wednesday.
The focus of the presentation, which was given in Spanish, was to inform organisations supporting British residents in the area about a new website launched by the Consulate and the University of Birmingham.
Support in Spain (www.supportinspain.info) is aimed at people over 50 who may need advice following a sudden change in personal circumstances, or on where to get information and help with caring for family members or friends with disabilities. It includes links to organisations working in the Axarquía, as well as elsewhere on the Costa del Sol, and is in English and Spanish.
Neil Hesketh from Support in Spain gave a virtual tour of the website and representatives from Lux Mundi Torre del Mar, Red Cross Axarquía and Granada-based palliative care charity, Acompalia, gave feedback on the importance of such a tool.
One of the main themes was the difficulties faced by foreign people who do not speak Spanish but depend on public heath and social services as they get older, as well as understanding the differences between organisations back home and in Spain.