Helplines & support groups on the costa del sol
Child abuse, drink or drug problems, HIV/AIDS, Red Cross, cancer support, information for the homeless - your helplines, support groups and emergency contacts on the Costa del Sol.
Below are the contact numbers for Spanish help lines and support groups. Note that there is no guarantee English will be spoken.
Drug Toxicology Helpline
tel_ 915 620 420
tel_ 917 262 700
Golden Telephone for the Elderly
tel_ 900 222 223
Federation of Associations for the Assistance to Violated Women (Federción de Asociaciones de Asistencia a Mujeres Violadas)
tel_ 915 740 110
Mistreated Women (Mujeres Maltratadas)
tel_ 900 100 009
24-hour Information and Complaint Line for Women (Telefono de Información y Denuncias)
tel_ 900 191 010
Service for the Victims of Sexual Harassment/Violation (Servicio de Atención a Victimas de Agresiones Sexuales)
tel_ 915 740 110
Costa Blanca Samaritans (CBS): A volunteer organisation offering emotional support in English to people throughout Spain in distress or with suicidal feelings. All calls are confidential and numbers are not traced.
open_ Monday to Friday 20:00-24:00
tel_ 902 883 535
Lesbian & Gay Helpline
tel_ 914 685 032
tel_ 915 809 940
Red Cross Drug Dependency
tel_ 914 291 960
Foundation for help against drug dependency
tel_ 900 161 515
tel_ 913 659 208
Cocaine Anonomys Spain
Cruz Roja Malaga,
Paseo de la Farola,
tel_ 952 217 631 / 2
The Spanish Red Cross provides help for drug addicts and their families, people affected by HIV, immigrants and the elderly. There are Red Cross assistance centres and help points all over the Costa del Sol and Andalucia. The centres offer emergency and psychological help and a meeting place and shelter. Further services include social integration classes and first aid courses, assistance in finding accommodation, treatment for drug addiction and mobile methadone units. Helping minors is a special priority.
EATING DISORDER SUPPORT
A 12-step recovery program and support for those who are compulsive eaters.
• Overeaters Anonymous
tel_ 630 535 033
• For a list of Overeaters Anonymous meetings in Spain: www.comedorescompulsivos.es/donde/donde-espana.html
FOR THE ELDERLY
Age Care Association:
Group of volunteers that offers welfare information and advice as well as home and hospital visits to elderly members of the community.
tel_ 952 960 372
Age Concern Estepona y Manilva:
The Estepona branch covers the area from Sotogrande to San Pedro de Alcantara. Volunteers assist the elderly with Spanish paperwork, clinic and hospital appointments or help with shopping.
Apartado 178, 29692 Sabinillas
tel_ 951 318 234
e-mail_ acesteponaymanilva@ ageconcern-espana.org
FOR CHILDREN AND PARENTS
A parents' support group for couples with mentally disabled children. Aspandem has a secondhand shop in San Pedro de Alcantara; proceeds are channelled to needy children.
Avenida Principe de Asturias, San Pedro de Alcantara
tel_ 952 787 650
open_ 10:00-13:00 Monday-Saturday and 16:00-18:00 every Wednesday
Ciudad de los Niños:
Residential centre for disadvantaged children and young people; run by monks from the Catholic religious order Hermanos Obreros de Maria it is approved and monitored by the Andalusian Regional Government.
Finca los Asperos, Malaga
tel_ 952 179 150
Non-governmental organisation helping young drug addicts and providing after-school clubs for underprivileged children in Marbella. They run three day centres for children who have limited family support or who are HIV positive.
tel_ 952 775 353
Cudeca (Cuidados del Cancer):
The Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice Centre in Benalmadena offers specialist nursing, hospice care and support to cancer patients and their families.
Avenida del Cosmos s/n, Arroyo de la Miel, 29631 Málaga
tel_ 952 564 910
fax_ 952 564 922