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SOLTIMES AUGUST 2011
A fantastic spanish evening with flamenco music & dancing provided by Raquel Peña was enjoyed by all at Casa La Pedrera, The Grand Design House. Over 220 euros was raised for the Torrevieja Alzheimers Association, it is hoped that even more will be added to the total at their next Flamenco Evening taking place on the 24th of August at 6.30pm. Tickets are 6 euros for adults & 4 for children and both a bbq and paella will be available on the night. The next event has especially been created with familys in mind at a Summer Fun Bash with BBQ & 80ties Disco which will be taking place this Friday the 19th August from 6.30 till late. With Pool Fun which includes slides and diving board, disco & music entertainment for everyone, plus pony rides and face painting for all the kids, its an event not to be missed. Tickets are 5 euros pp and details and directions can be found on their website at www.thingstodoinspain.info or by contact Jenni on 660 816 620
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“Access for All”
On Tuesday 26 July I accompanied my good friend Pauline Stewart to meet with our British Consul, Paul Rodwell in Alicante to discuss matters of importance to each of us. It was the first time I had been in Alicante for many years and although I was prepared for changes, it was the immense flow of traffic and lack of parking places that struck me so forcefully. As a disabled driver myself I would never have attempted it on my own but we were very lucky indeed to be driven to the actual entrance of the Consulate by Pauline´s husband Greig, accompanied by their daughter Lucy who suffers with Downs Syndrome as does her brother Adam Stewart who swims with great pride for Spain as many of you will know already. All Pauline and I had to do then was cross the road to the delightful Granito de Café where we had pre-arranged to meet the British Consul. This is standard procedure established by the Consulate as a meeting place for disabled or elderly people who cannot access the Consulate. True to his word Paul Rodwell joined us at 11.00 explaining that they were seeking accessible premises but being an old city this was proving difficult. He listened to Pauline talking about her latest important project `The European Untouchables´ which represents EU citizens who are pensioners, aged, weak and/or disabled people across Europe as well as asking for equal rights for EU workers. Towards this end she is positive she will collect one million signatures for the petition she is taking to the European Parliament. Anyone wanting to contact her and sign can do so on: www.euuntouchables. She is presently handling 5 tribunals – 2 for Carer´s allowance, 1 for increased mobility allowance, 1 with the upper Tribunal about a pension, similarly 1 for her daughter. I was very pleased that Paul Rodwell remembered me from the Opening of the new HELP Murcia Mar Menor office in Los Alcázares in March of this year
which I attended as the founder member and past President (9 years ago) and now Patron. However I was there to talk about `Access for All´ which I coordinate under the umbrella of ADAPT in San Pedro del Pinatar which he also knew about, having read in the local press about our group´s success in persuading the Post Office in San Pedro to make their building accessible for everyone, last October. We worked very closely with the Mayor and other Councillors during 2010 when they financially backed us to organise 2 special days of Awareness which was a great success with the marvellous help of lots of volunteers from ADAPT. Many changes have been made to accommodate disadvantaged people in the town and new blue disabled parking spaces installed. One of the supermarkets that has 21 shops stretching from Alicante to Cartagena have pledged to remove any indoor barriers and will provide more blue bays, undercover. A great success for A4A. It would be great if the Alicante region would form an “Access for All” Group and we all agreed the best way to do this is to bring it to the attention of all the local newspapers, magazines, radio & TV stations, hence the reason for sending this to your PR Dept. in the fervent hope that you will be able to “spread the word” about A4A. The harder we work towards achieving better accessibility throughout the Costas the better it is going to be for everyone, but especially for the elderly and people confined to wheelchairs and parents pushing their children in prams and pushchairs. Who dares wins! Anyone who would like to get involved in any way, particularly as a coordinator, volunteer or photographer, please contact me on 667 587 187 or e-mail on: firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks. Sheila
HEALTH & SAFETY HAMPERS ‘HELP’
The HELP Vega Baja Hospital Visiting Team that services Torrevieja hospital had to suspend it’s work in March. The hospital found it necessary to enforce the ‘Patient’ Rights and Data Prevention law which meant that they were prevented from disclosing the names and location of English speaking patients. We have maintained contact with the hospital administration to see how this valuable service could be re-instated and at our last meeting with the Administrator we think a solution has been found. We, at ‘HELP’, will produce a simply worded leaflet explaining the situation to patients and the hospital, for it’s part, will try to ensure that all English speaking patients receive a copy. If you are visiting friends or family in the hospital, please make them aware of the situation and advise them to contact us on 966 723 733 (24hr service). To find out more about our Hospital Visiting Teams, go to our web-site at www.helpvegabaja.com
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Sol Times Newspaper issue 191 Costa Blanca Edition