Our wonderful volunteers!
Read all about the people who help make Age in Spain the vibrant and efficient organisation it is.
See how some of our volunteers are helping out today - and what they get out of it!
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Wherever you are, you too can help Age in Spain.
Volunteers are central to everything that we do. From front line service providers to behind the scenes support, we work together to help thousands of people across Spain every day.
Live video of Graham, John and David from Almería cathedral.
How Covid led to virtual volunteering to help people in Spain and Indonesia.
Meet Mona from Catalonia
Hear David say why he volunteers with Age in Spain
Meet Graham, John and David, walking from from Almeria.
Walking for Age in Spain.
We are three keen Camino walkers, Graham, John and David, who want you to join us in supporting the charity Age in Spain. We are walking the 1,400-kilometer Camino from Almeria to Santiago de Compostela to raise money to provide vital services for older English speakers who live in Spain.
Getting older, wherever we live, brings change and challenge! Keeping active and contributing to our communities helps us to give back and ensure maximum independence in later life. But sometimes, everyone needs a helping hand - this is where we and Age in Spain step in!
Fiona Hulme and friends from Denia.
Fitness, fundraising and fun!
I make a Friendline call every week to a lovely lady in Tenerife - we’ve never met, but I know all about her life and family, and she knows the same about me! We chat about all sorts, from Airfryer recipes to TV dramas. She is housebound, so I feel that our regular calls break up the monotony of the four walls. She’s always got a tale to tell me, and I enjoy making her laugh with some yarns of my own. It’s quite special to make a friendship across the miles, without ever having met.
I am also an Ambassador for Age in Spain, covering the North Costa Blanca. I attend a lot of local events hosted by different organisations and charities, and try to spread the word about what we do. On the Costa Blanca there are many English speakers living in the region, and the concentration of non-Spanish residents and holiday home owners provides its own support network through clubs, groups and charity events. However, we hear of people who moved to small inland villages many years ago, where this network does not exist, so they need to call on services such as ours when they need help or guidance. Along the Costa, there are many charities with shops or offices, so they are well known because of having a physical presence.
The first question I’m usually asked about Age in Spain is ‘Where is your shop ?’. We don't have a physical presence and whilst the other local charities do an amazing job of raising money and supporting people in need, we can fill in some gaps through the Infoline and our website, particularly for those people living away from a large community.
I get involved with various events in various ways! It could be a Dance Fitness class in fancy dress… or a coffee morning - all to raise funds and raise awareness of what we do.
I do worry about the ageing English-speaking population here, particularly those who may have lost a partner who they previously relied on, or those settled in remote areas without local help. I’m proud to be part of an organisation that can provide support and guidance across the whole of Spain and the Islands.
Veteran volunteering and more.
Meet David from Andalucia.
My name is Dave Dransfield and I am proud to be a volunteer with Age in Spain. I am a Caseworker, a Friendline volunteer and a Trustee on the Board with specific responsibility for veteran and military personnel.
As a Friendline Volunteer I have befriended a couple of people over the years and contact them weekly or more if required to chat and support them in whatever way the organisation can.
As a Caseworker I visit clients that may have fallen on some degree of hardship and assist with the bureaucratic systems, signposting them in the right direction or carrying out a full holistic assessment of their situation to ascertain their shortfalls and needs. Then trying through our casework manager to identify sources of support or charitable support that may be available to them, be that emotional support, short or longer term financial support or even assistance with repatriation
As a trustee I feel my support is given through my Military and NHS background in understanding what support is needed and what support may be available. I am also assisting with the content of the Veterans page of the Age in Spain Website looking at appropriate links and information sources.
What has preventing poachers in Africa got to do with pedal power with pensioners in Barcelona.
Why do I volunteer? I guess it is in my blood. My grandmother and my mum were huge community women, and my Dad gave his time on the weekends. I volunteered during the Duke of Edinburgh’s scheme, chasing around a lot of very active cub scouts in my village. A year later I went to volunteer in Africa with the then Operation Raleigh (now Raleigh International) working on anti poaching programmes with Black rhinos, and also on health care projects building a local health clinic. When I started nursing I then gave my weekends in conservation projects due to my love of getting out of London and my seeming love of standing in ponds pulling weeds/ counting birds/ cutting back non-native plants in areas of beauty etc. As a nurse and health visitor I was also drawn to helping people and through my life have worked on local projects, volunteered at food banks, participated in food runs with the homeless. It drew me into working to fight inequalities and to work in Public Health.
As my kids grew up, we volunteered at school and in the community. Sorting huge old used pants from good clothes (wearing huge rubber gloves) in preparation for charity second hand sales was one I remember as less fun than other jobs! But I always worked with a great crowd and had a great laugh, and we raised a lot of money for various causes.
Moving to Spain, volunteering has helped me to meet new people and - the biggest plus - improve my language skills! I have volunteered on a research project or two, at the school, and now I volunteer at a local cultural association as a photographer and have now a lovely community around me who love what I do. I really enjoy giving them something back for the support and community they give me. My photos are used in publicity and in huge pictures on the association’s walls.
Volunteering led me to work at Age in Spain, first as a volunteer on the Residency Helpline Project and as a caseworker. I found my skills from my health and social care background made this a great role for me and I was delighted when it led me to getting a job here, becoming first the Support Coordinator and now the Casework Manager. As the role went to part time last year, I have found more time to give to the charity Bici Sensa Edad in the town I now live in Catalunya. (https://enbicisenseedat.cat/)
I love nothing more than getting out of the office and my home, (homeworking and the pandemic has been a lot!) and feeling the sun and wind on my face as I take older people and younger people with disabilities out from residential homes for self-guided spins around our town. I get to speak Spanish and Catalan and meet lovely people on each trip, from both the people who take our rides, their relatives who accompany them and the volunteers who I go with. It is such a rewarding thing to do.
This is why I volunteer!