Here are a few links to web sites that we’ve found interesting and useful:

Project 4 All . Runs a food and clothes bank and does outreach to homeless people.

All services are by delivery only.

Anyone in need in the Benidorm area can call or WhatsApp Jo Hollingworth on +34 676 26 48 25

British Embassy in Spain -The official web site of the British Embassy in Spain and links to its consulates. For the British Consulate in Alicante, phone. (+34)965 21 60 22

Contact with British Consulate is now via a contact form: http://www.gov.uk/contact-consulate-alicante It is a bit tricky to use as at first it directs you to a FAQ page and must enter your enquiry. If the FAQs do not answer it you indicate NO at the bottom of the page and then go on to submit your enquiry.

For lost passports or passport renewal you must now apply online http://www.gov.uk/emergency-travel-document for emergency travel documents and if successful collect it a few days later at the consulate.

For renewal of expired, lost or about to expire passports go to https://www.passport.service.gov.uk/filter/overseas. You have to do it online or you can go to Round Town Travel Avda Servero Ochoa 2 in Rincon de Benidorm they will do it for about 160 euros or 30 euros if you are over 90. Further information Click Here

BREXIT up to date information from the British Embassy in Madrid.

Support in Spain Website with useful information about living in Spain. It is run by University of Birmingham with support from the British Embassy in Madrid

Citizens Advice Spain https://www.citizensadvice.org.es/ This charitable organisation based in Malaga has a large number of fact sheets on it’s website. You can also register and make ask for advice online. They have a helpline for people who do not use computers.

Domestic Violence. The British Consulate can help in these situations. See their leaflet with more contact details in the menu section of our Facebook page. If in danger call police 112 They can answer in English and put you in touch with the emergency response team for domestic violence against women DEMA. There is a special government domestic violence hotline 016 but they may not speak English. You can also ring the British Consul in Alicante +34 965 21 60 22.

There are also 24 hour Womens Centres in all 3 Valencia provinces. Call +34 900 58 08 88

Help Association of Torrevieja -(Vega Baja) Here is a very informative site of our sister HELP association in Torrevieja , they offer a wide range of services in the Torrevieja Orihuela region.

Help Association of Marina Alta– Here you will find full details of Help Marina Alta, who cover the area from Denia down to Calpe. 

Help Murcia Mar Menor Based in C/ Penelope11, Urb.Oasis,Los Narejos Los Alcazares. Telephone office hours 968 570 059. Emergencies only 654 632 077

The official Benidorm guide – A comprehensive guide to Benidorm and its’ facilities.

Think Spain (in English). – The most complete guide to all things legal and official regarding life in Spain that you will find on the internet, including working in Spain, residency and Tax, buying a property and healthcare.

The RAF Association is dedicated to supporting serving and former RAF personnel and their families. “Whether it is an injured airman or airwomen fighting to get back on to their feet, a young daughter missing her parent away on overseas operations or a WWII veteran needing a shoulder to lean on, we are there to help.”

Asociación Española Contra El Cáncer -Spanish Cancer Association. Somos personas voluntarias, socias y contratadas que, en un proyecto conjunto, dirigimos todos nuestros esfuerzos en la lucha contra el cáncer. “We are volunteers, members and employees with a common aim, to direct all our effort in the fight against cancer.”

Alzheimers Association Marina Baixa with office in Benidorm. This is a Spanish speaking organisation. It has premises in Centro Municipal Pepa Esperanza, C/Juan Baldovi 5, Benidorm. Open Mon- Thus 9 am to 3 pm and Friday 9 am to 2 pm. They have a day centre and social worker. They are currently raising funds for a minibus to transport clients.

Costa Blanca Samaritans – A free, confidential telephone based emotional support service for English speaking people who need someone to talk to about their worries and problems. Telephone 900525100 from anywhere in Spain.

MABS Cancer Support Group. We aim to help ALL people affected by cancer and those around them, through our branches from Valencia to Gibraltar.

Female Focus, established in 1993 is the largest English language magazine on the Costa Blanca.

The Royal British Legion District North-Spain – The Royal British Legion provides financial, social and emotional support to those who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces, and their dependents.

 Lions Clubs International – Here is a very informative site of Lions Clubs International and you can email the local Benidorm branch at benidormlionsclub@gmail.com . Benidorm branch listed as Spanish speaking.

Iberdrola Social Allowance – An informative page in English about help that is available with fuel bills for those on a low income.

Irish Consulate in Alicante. Mon-Fri 9.30-1.45 .Tel +34965107485 outside these hours Telephone Embassy in Madrid +34914364093

British Benevolent Fund Madrid – works in conjunction with the British Consulates in Spain and other charitable organisations to provide financial support and other assistance to British nationals who find themselves in severe economic distress in Spain. Applications for grants in the Benidorm/Marina Baixa area should be done through the Help International Benidorm President

Tel +34 607 387 040

Age Concern Costa Blanca Sur covering the Torrevieja area. Day Centre and Help Line Mon-Fri 9.30-1.00 pm

Age in Spain Provides information and support for retired people in Spain.

Donating Your Body to Medical Science for dissection by medical students. Miguel Hernandez University used to accept bodies from people who have previously contacted the Departamento de Anatomia. Faculdad de Medicina, Universidad Miguel Hernandez, Crta. Alicante-Valencia N332, 03550 Sant Joa. You had to pay for the cost of transport of the body to the University Anatomy Department. It appears this information has disappeared from their website, so you should write to them ( can be in English) to the above address to see if they will accept a body. It must always be done well in advance of death and certain conditions are excluded such as infectious disease and cancer .

Funeral Directors. There is a Tanatorio Crematorium and Funeral Directors on the main road between Benidorm and the Marina Baixa Hospital. Tanatorio Villajoyosa Marina Baixa. A typical Cremation with a room to hold a service costs about 4,500 euros.

For an economic cremation at the Valencia City Municipal Crematorium a funeral director called Funeraria Luxor situated near Valencia will handle all the arrangements including an optional brief five minute taking leave ceremony in the crematoriumin Valencia. They operate in the Marina Baixa area, and will collect the body and handle the death certificates.

PREPAID FUNERALS many people opt to take out a funeral plan so their relatives dont have to worry about funeral arrangements. Many Spanish insurance companies do these. Also there is a British company Golden Leaves International with an office in Javea.

Dealing with a Bereavement. The Age in Spain website above has information about what to do if someone dies. Unfortunately some people contact Help because they have no funds for a burial. The local social services will provide a simple burial in an unmarked grave for people without means. Also there is a Funeral Director in Valencia City that can provide a basic cremation for about 1500 euros. Please contact Help Benidorm for information if you are having difficulties with arrangements.