THE Age Concern Centre in La Siesta has been helping the local elderly community for a decade.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the centre’s opening, the mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolon, paid a special visit to the centre which was ceded to the charity by the town hall in 2004.
Mayor Dolon was accompanied by Councillor for Foreigners, Rosario Martinez Chazarra, and Councillor for Social Welfare, Thomas Ballester, who are pictured with Age Concern volunteers. The delegates were shown around by Age Concern President Maureen Payne who highlighted the work done by the 150-strong team of volunteers.
The centre welcomes 75 regular visitors, with 25 British residents currently receiving home visits. The volunteers accompany the elderly to medical appointments, take them shopping, prepare their food and offer support, care and assistance.
Age Concern’s origins are linked to the upheaval of the Second World War, which made life more difficult for older people. In 1998, it was established in Torrevieja in Los Balcones before moving to La Torreta III and establishing the centre in La Siesta 10 years ago.