Holiday scheme for pensioners who live alone and cannot spend time with family

Residents of the Vaencian Community who are aged over 65, or pensioners over 60, can register to go a free all-inclusive trip for a few days over Christmas, as long as they live alone, can look after themselves and have no way they can meet up with family and friends for the holiday season.

Torrevieja councillor Árica Celdrán explained that the registration period for the programme ‘No estés solo en Navidad’ (Don’t be alone at Christmas) is now open until November 4. She said the idea is to provide company, friendship and solidarity to people who cannot easily find it where they live.

A total of 600 beneficiaries will spend from December 23rd-27th at the Gran Duque de Oropesa del Mar hotel in Castellón. This includes transport from their home, and activities including entertainment, sport, culture and excursions. The accommodation is full board, with special menus available for those with dietary requirements, and a special dinner for Christmas Eve and lunch for Christmas Day.

Applications must include the required form, a Padrón (local census) certificate, a document proving their pension for 2016, a copy of a disability certificate (if they want to bring a disabled child); the applicant’s medical certificate; and a social worker’s report.

The Regional Social Services and Dependants Department will prioritise applications according to age, economic resources, degree of need and social harmony.

Those interested should contact their local Social Welfare (Bienestar Social) department, which in Torrevieja is at Calle Torrevejenses Ausentes, 39 or telephone 96 670 6666.

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