Here are a few links to web sites that we’ve found interesting and useful
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.
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.
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.
Age Concern Costa Blanca Sur coverring Torrevieja area.Day Centre and Help Line Mon-Fri 9.30-1.00 pm
Help Association of Denia – Here you will find full details of Help Denia, 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.
Expatriate Ostomates of Spain – a registered charity dedicated to helping all people in Spain who have to live with one or more stomas. Contact them by email at email@example.com or by telephone on 96 6460063.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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
Age in Spain Provides information and support for retired people in Spain.
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.
Donating Your Body to Science. Miguel Hernandez University will accept bodies from people who have previously contacted them filling in the form available by clicking here. Send it to. Departamento de Anatomia. Faculdad de Medicina, Universidad Miguel Hernandez, Crta. Alicante-Valencia N332, 03550 Sant Joan, Alicante. The form should be witnessed and you should keep a copy and inform your relatives and any company with which you may have a funeral plan. You will have to pay for the cost of transport of the body to the University Anatomy Department, which is about 1000 euros.
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.