Red Cross comes closer to Britons in need

AGREEMENT: From left Elena Ferrando, Director of Social Inclusion of the Generalitat Valenciana, Vice-president of Cruz Roja Javier Gimeno, British Ambassador Simon Manley and Consul Sarah-Jane Morris

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.

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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.”


  1. I recently read your article about getting involved with the Spanish Red Cross and wondered if my skills and experience were of any benefit to them?
    I am an early retiree (55 yrs) and have been living in Urcal, outside Huercal-Overa for the past year , but feel I want to get involved more with the local community & facilitate it’s sense of wellbeing & assistance on any level.
    I have been taking Spanish lessons to aid this with this and my background is from the Pharmaceutical area (15 years most clinical conditions covered) and I have a Lifecoach diploma, so foot in both camps.
    Would you give me any information/links were I may send my details to see if there is any interest in me getting involved? in this area. The UK has abandoned me as they no longer want someone with this experience…….sad I know!

  2. I contacted the national Red Cross and explained your situation and they suggested you contacted the Almeria province headquarters on 950 257 367. Some digging on my part also came up with these details of branches in Vera: [email protected] phone 950 393 757, address Ctra N-340 Km 206, Vera 04620 and Mojacar: [email protected] phone 950 478 952, address Paseo del Mediterraneo 20, Mojacar 04638. And I’m pretty sure that readers themselves will be glad to point you in the right direction, too.


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