British Consul attends opening of new community centre in La Romana

This Friday saw the official opening of the community centre in La Romana, which will be run by the charity Amigos de La Romana. This charity, founded by British resident Alan Cook, stems from a need Mr Cook saw for the British community to have somewhere to go for up to date information, as well as a means of raising funds to help the most vulnerable members of the community.


Mr Cook has worked closely with the town hall to set this project up, at all times seeing the charity as a way to encourage integration between the 17% of the population which is British, and the rest of the town, which is mainly Spanish. The town hall has provided the building for the community centre and the Mayor, Manuel Hernández Riquelme, also attended the opening.

Amigos de La Romana is also working actively with other charities such as MABS, RBL and ACASA to offer even greater level of support to those in need or distress. Most of the fundraising will be done through a charity shop, which is within the community centre.

After attending the event, the Consul said “I was very impressed by the way Amigos de la Romana has set up a central hub in the village where residents of all nationalities can get information and welfare support.  The fact that it is run by both Spanish and British volunteers is a superb sign of integration and I welcome initiatives from both Amigos de la Romana and the Town Hall to set up language interchange sessions in the near future.  The fact that Amigos de la Romana have asked for help from other charities in the area such as MABS, RBL and  ACASA is a very sensible move to offer the very best support to those in need.”

Alan Cook, the president of Amigos de LA Romana thanked everyone who attended the official opening of the new centre. He said ‘We feel privileged that Paul Rodwell found the time in his busy schedule to officially open our centre together with the Mayor. The support from major charities who attended was overwhelming which tells us that this type of charity in Spain is desperately needed. From now on we will grow from strength to strength helping and integrating with the Spanish community.”

Residents of La Romana can visit the new community centre at Calle Mayor 47, 03669, La Romana, Alicante. Anyone wishing to find more information on living in Spain, and what support organisations exist for British nationals, can visit www.ukinspain.fco.gov.uk .

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