The main welfare activities of Help are;
Helping people in Medical and other Emergencies.
Visiting housebound people in their homes or in hospital.
Organising social events encouraging housebound members to participate.
Taking people to appointments who have no other way of getting there.
Request for assistance should be made to the welfare coordinator on telephone number 607386964
The areas we cover are within the boundaries of Villajoyosa, Altea, Callosa d’En Sarrià and Finestrat. Outside of these areas, please contact other HELP organisations – please see the Directory section for their web site addresses.
Referrals to the Welfare Officer come in many ways – either from the client themselves or friends and family. Family could be in the UK and be concerned about their relatives. Sometimes members of the British Consulate hear about people in crisis and refer them to us.
Sometimes a client may just need someone to talk to, or need advice of other ways of helping them get out of their difficulties.
Both Tourists and Residents are referred to us, and, as you can imagine, both have very different needs.
A typical tourist in trouble is often when they have an accident or illness that requires hospitalisation. In these cases there is often more than one person in crisis. Take, for example, a couple having a two week holiday here in Benidorm – one has a fall and breaks a leg. The patient is taken either to a private hospital or public hospital. The partner then is obviously extremely worried, often not knowing about public transport, or whether they can have a hotel room for the extended period whilst their partner recovers.
The added worry is their lack of understanding of the Spanish language. In this instance, the social worker at the public hospital may refer someone like this to us, to see if we can be of assistance. We have an interpreter service
We visit people in the local Marina Baixa hospital as well as providing interpreters if needed.
We endeavour help these people in many ways. Visiting the patient in hospital and reassuring them. Visiting their partners in their hotel or apartment and giving them reassurance. Giving advice where we can, or putting them in touch with the right people to give them that advice. This is of course, totally dependent on the availability and co-operation of our UNPAID volunteers.
A typical resident in crisis is often an elderly person who has fallen ill and is unable to care for themselves or their partners. When a client like this is referred, an assessment will be made as soon as possible. Depending on their need, the type of assistance given will again be advice, and in some cases we can offer help with providing necessary equipment from our store.