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Helplines and 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|
|Minors' Helpline||Tel: 917 262 700|
|Golden Telephone for the Elderly
(Telefono Dorado de Atención a la Tercera Edad)
|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|
|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|
Spanish Red Cross (Cruz Roja)
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.
- Red Cross
At: Cruz Roja Malaga, Paseo de la Farola, 29016 Málaga
Tel: 952 217 631/2
Drug and alcohol addiction support
|Anti-drugs Agency||Tel: 915 809 940|
|Red Cross Drug Dependency||Tel: 914 291 960|
|Foundation for help against drug dependency||Tel: 900 161 515|
|Drugs Prevention||Tel: 913 659 208|
- Narcotics Anonymous Spain (Narcóticos Anónimos España)
Tel: 902 114 147
- To obtain information on English-language Narcotics Anonymous meetings in Spain: e-mail
- To find a list of Narcotics Anonymous meetings in Spain: Click here
Alcoholics Anonymous: A 12-step program for recovering alcoholics. There are English-language AA meetings held on the Costa del Sol.
Adult Children of Alcoholics: A 12-step program for adult children of alcoholics. Online support meetings are available.
- For ACA support on the Costa del Sol, Tel: 607 461 748
Eating disorder support
Overeaters Anonymous: 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: Click here
Support groups 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.
- Age Care Association
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.
Support groups for children and parents
Aspandem: 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.
- Aspandem (in Spanish)
At: 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 Ninos: 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.
Horizontes: 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.
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