BRITONS living in Spain will have easier access to the services and support of the Red Cross.
A nationwide agreement was recently signed by the British Ambassador, Simon Manley, and the National Vice-president of the Spanish Red Cross, Javier Gimeno. This aims to improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable expatriates and facilitate their access to Red Cross services.
It also seeks to encourage people in the British community to volunteer for Red Cross activities and promote collaboration with other British community associations.
The partnership, signed on Monday September 21 at the headquarters of the Red Cross, will be piloted in Alicante Province, which has a large British community.
The aim is then to extend it nationwide, enabling British communities across Spain to access Red Cross services and become involved in their projects.
Simon Manley said: “People in the British communities have a wealth of experience and skills, and I really hope that this new partnership with the Red Cross will encourage more people to volunteer their talents and support for the benefit of others.”
Pamela Twissel-Cross, Welfare Officer for the Royal British Legion who attended the signing, commented: “I’m looking forward to working more closely with the Red Cross as it will give me a chance to help British nationals get additional support.”