The City Council has renewed the collaboration agreements with the Red Cross and the Marbella Fibromyalgia Association (Afimar), which have a total endowment of 462,000 euros and will contribute to the maintenance of the social work carried out by both entities. The mayor, Ángeles Muñoz, has specified that lThe item for the Red Cross is 443,000 euros and he pointed out that “it is the fourth consecutive year that aid has been granted that aims to serve a group as vulnerable as homeless people, with which the association performs a commendable work offering direct, close and immediate care. and continuous monitoring in the cases that require it ”, while highlighting“ the professionalism and efficiency that both the technical staff and the volunteers have always shown ”.

He recalled that those almost 450,000 euros a year have enabled the start-up of the inclusion center in Marbella, first, and in San Pedro Alcántara last year. “This allows the service to be provided in two facilities that, thanks to the impulse of the Consistory, have become national benchmarks,” said the councilor, who also pointed out that “It is a unique social initiative in Andalusia and a pioneering advance in comprehensive care for homeless people”. In this sense, it has detailed that in 2020 more than 450 people have been assisted, providing more than 30,300 food services, facilitating the inclusion of 86 homeless users and providing employment guidance to another 130.

Essential role

For his part, the Red Cross delegate in Marbella, Julio Pulido, thanked the City Council “for trusting us again to give support to people who live in complex circumstances through different devices, such as the approach unit to intervene in situations in which there is no will to go to the centers ”and has highlighted“ the essential role that volunteers perform, without labor ties but with great dedication ”.

About To affirm, the councilor has detailed that the amount for this exercise amounts to 19,000 euros and it has stressed that “it is a group that pays fundamental attention to people, mostly women, who suffer from a disease that causes pain and chronic fatigue, and to whom it offers the necessary tools to improve their quality of life” . In this sense, the president of the association, Leonor Torres, explained that “it is very important that users have a healthy diet and perform gentle exercise to alleviate symptoms” and added that “the support of the City Council helps us to continue developing a program that includes psychological therapies, physiotherapy sessions and nutrition workshops, memory or self-care, among other activities ”.

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