|HELP President Jan (centre) with British Consul Paul Rodwell standing behind.|
A group of about 20 volunteers from HELP Benidorm have been carrying out hospital visits for the last 9 months, visiting vulnerable patients twice a week, under the supervision of the hospital social coordinator Silvia. The agreement was finally signed in November and now the hospital visiting programme is officially recognised by the Valencian Regional Government.
The director of the hospital opened the event thanking the volunteers for their hard work and dedication. This was followed by words of thanks from Silvia and the British Consul Paul Rodwell.
Mr Rodwell said "This programme is an excellent example of intergration and the benefits of Brits working closely with the local Spanish community. We are extremely grateful to the hard work that the volunteers carry out, which is a support to the Consulate and to English speakers who find themselves in this hospital".
Silvia, the social worker added "Today is about giving the volunteers the recognition they deserve. Now they are fully accredited they can feel part of the hospital team. The assistance they provide supporting and visiting English speaking patients in this hospital is a great help to us, and today, from the wholehospital, we want to take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work and dedication".
Jan, the president of HELP Benidorm attended the event with 20 other volunteers and said "This volunteer programme has been really worthwhile and from the positive feedback we have received I can see that this service was really needed"
The group are always looking for volunteers and translators to help, so get in touch with them if you can be of service.... you never know one day you may be in need yourself. You can contact Jan the President for urgent or general calls on 607 387 040 or Chris the Vice President on 607 386 964.