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Points noted from the online meeting:
  • Support in Spain website began in Andalucia in 2017, has gradually rolled-out to other areas (of high expat density) so now in Valencia
  • Project began as collaboration between British Consulate & a University of Birmingham researcher looking at welfare & vulnerability issues of Brits in Spain
  • The website is not intended to be a lifestyle guide, but be much more comprehensive than, & to supplement the info, on the gov.uk website
  • Support in Spain has a focus on connecting communities
  • The website is mobile responsive (not an app) in both English & Spanish & aimed at:
    • UK expats
    • Expat family members, both in Spain & not
    • Friends & neighbours, both English & Spanish
    • Professionals (care services have been accessing the info)
    • Volunteer organisations supporting & assisting expats
  • From the homepage, two sections can be accessed:
    • Topics – collated from (& continually being added-to) common queries & questions from ex-pats
    • Directory – of various organisations & Spanish authorities assisting or supporting expats (these are public & voluntary groups, not paid services). It’s best to enter the home town into the Directory search bar to show relevant local services
  • If any information is incorrect, or questions not answered, then we’re are encouraged to get in touch so the website can be amended/updated
  • Although the demographic is primarily aged 50+ (& there are around 200,000 such Brits on the Padron), the website hopes to reach a broader target audience in-time
  • Funding is being sought so the Consulate can continue to maintain the Support in Spain website in years to come
  • There have been approximately 6,000 user per month so-far: 7 in 10 in Spain, the remaining 3 in 10 from the UK or elsewhere
  • There’s also a Facebook page to Like: https://www.facebook.com/SupportinSpain
NEW: Update from the British Embassy.

We have recently received a letter from the British Embassy, part of which says:

I also wanted to take advantage of this email to send some information about vaccines as I know that many of you are being asked about the vaccine roll out in Spain. The most important point is the Spain has said that it will offer the vaccine to everyone who lives in Spain as they consider this to be a public health issue.

For British nationals resident in Spain with public healthcare cover:  These British nationals will be contacted by their health centre when it´s their turn according to Spain´s vaccination roll out. Note that Spain´s roll out is currently slower than the UK´s and we understand the next group to be contacted will be the over 80s.

For British nationals resident in Spain with private healthcare cover: These British nationals should contact their private healthcare provider first. We understand that the public healthcare authorities will liaise with the private providers to ensure that everyone receives a vaccine. The Spanish government has said that the vaccine will be available to everyone who lives in Spain and wishes to receive it, according to their vaccine roll-out programme.