As part of the continued efforts to help its underprivileged and vulnerable citizens, Torremolinos town hall inaugurated a new Red Cross headquarters (Cruz Roja) in the centre of the town on Tuesday. The fully-equipped facility, which has four offices, a training room and a volunteer area, will offer a personalised service to people in situations of extreme vulnerability, women with social problems, refugees and the elderly. The town already has two Red Cross facilities, but the new addition is more centrally located and offers access to those with reduced mobility.
The opening of the new centre, situated in Avenida Sorolla, was attended by the town's mayor, José Ortiz, along with the president of Cruz Roja Málaga, Luis Utrilla, and the president of the organisation in Torremolinos, Luis Cembelin.
During the opening ceremony, the mayor said, "We are proud to be here today to witness how the Red Cross has evolved in Torremolinos. This is the third centre to be opened since we began working together and I want to congratulate the Red Cross for its tireless dedication."
He went on to say, "We need to support the most disadvantaged citizens and help them to integrate, and this new centre will offer training workshops and help programmes. It will also generate new employment opportunities."
In addition, the council has signed several new agreements with the Red Cross, one of which will promote integration, multiculturalism and respect in schools.
The Red Cross has approximately 80 regular volunteers in Torremolinos and last year they offered help to more than 1,200 people.