Support Groups in Barcelona

Support groups and meetings for NA (Narcotics Anonymous) drug aid, cancer support meetings, AIDS support, women's groups, help for the elderly and more...

Below is information on the various support organisations and helplines in Barcelona. While some may have English-speaking staff and volunteers, there is no guarantee that English will be spoken.

Spanish Red Cross (Cruz Roja)

The Spanish Red Cross provides help for drug addicts and their families, people affected by HIV, immigrants and the elderly. It runs assistance centres for drug addicts and their families. The centres offer emergency and psychological help, a meeting place and a shelter. Further services include social integration classes and first aid courses, assistance in finding accommodation, treatment for drug addiction and mobile methadone units. Helping minors is a special priority.

Provincial Red Cross Offices in Barcelona:

  • At: De Vallvidrera 73, 08017 Barcelona
    Tel: 932 051 414
    Fax: 932 156 215

Alcoholics Anonymous

There are a number of meetings, in English, held by Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon.


gTt - HIV Treatment Group (Grupo de Trabajo sobre Tratamientos del VIH): The association offers HIV treatment advice. This no-profit organisation can also offer help and advice on social, political, economic and cultural issues to those with HIV/AIDS.

  • gTt (in Spanish)
    At: c/ Sardenya 259, 3º 4ª, 08013 Barcelona
    Tel: 932 080 845
    Fax: 932 070 063

Stop SIDA: Non-for-profit organisation dedicated to the fight against AIDS. The aim of the organisation is to encourage prevention but also provides support, information and resources to infected people, their family and friends. There is an information and counselling service available by appointment only.

  • Tel: 900 601 601 (everyday from 18:00-22:00)

Emotional support is also available by appointment.

  • Stop SIDA
    Tel: 902 106 927 (Monday to Friday from 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-20:00)

Cancer Support

Grup Agata - Catalan Breast Cancer Association (Asociación Catalana de Mujeres Afectadas de Cáncer de Mama):
Association for those affected by breast cancer. There are a number of support groups and help is available from physiotherapists and psychologists.

  • Grup Agata (in Spanish and Catalan)
    At: C/ Enrique Granados 137 pral. 1ª, 08008 Barcelona
    Tel: 934 159 394
    Fax: 934 159 394

gAmis is an association providing support to women with breast cancer.

  • gAmis (in Spanish)
    Postal Address: 12026 CP: 08080 Barcelona
    Tel: 687 878 818 / 687 580 298

AFANOC - Catalan Association of Parents of Children with Cancer (Asociación de Padres de Niños con cáncer de Cataluña) helps and gives support to children with cancer and their families.

  • AFANOC (in Spanish and Catalan)
    At: Carrer de Pere Serafí, 41 baixos, 08012 Barcelona
    Tel: 932 377 979
    Fax: 932376699
  • At: Carrer Rambla vella, 7 bis, 4º 3ª, 43003 Tarragona
    Tel: 977 228 712
    Fax: 977 228 712

A central support team is available for more information and support:

  • Spanish Association Against Cancer (Asociación Española contra el cáncer)
    : C/ Amador de Los Ríos 5, 28010 Madrid
    Tel: 900 100 036
    Info Line: 902 303 053
  • Barcelona office
    : C/ Marc Aureli, 14 bajos, 08006 Barcelona
    Tel: 932 002 278/200 20 99
    Fax: 932 004 924

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a non-profit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. Narcotics Anonymous meetings are held in English in the Barcelona area and recovering addicts meet regularly to help each other stay clean.

English/Spanish NA meetings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays. See the English-language NA website for maps and directions to the meeting venues:

Support Groups for Women

National helpline for women victims of violence.

  • Tel: 900 100 009 (lines open 24/7)

The Centre Cívic Sant Martí de Provencals has a women's association (Asociación de Ayuda a la Mujer) that provides help and assistance to women in Barcelona.

  • Tel: 933 089 793 / 933 086 803 / 636 741 416

Action against Domestic Violence (Acció contra la Violència Domèstica): Provides help and support for women suffering from domestic violence.

  • At: Passeig Fabra i Puig 274, Barcelona
    Tel: 934 206 651

Grup Gemma: Support group for pregnant women and mothers. Weekly meetings are held on topics such as pregnancy, childbirth and children.

  • At: Centre Civic Sagrada Familia, C/Mallorca 425-433, Barcelona

La Lliga de la Llet: Catalan branch of La Leche League, organisation offering breastfeeding information and support. The meetings are held in Spanish or Catalan, however, the group in Horta has an English-speaking monitor.

Children's Helpline

Fundación ANAR – Help for Children and Adolescents at Risk (Ayuda a Niños y Adolescentes en Riesgo): The foundation has a helpline for minors who need psychological and legal help.

Support Groups for the Elderly

Age Concern España has an information line and can provide assistance to those who find themselves in difficult circumstances or who need more information on services in their area.

  • Information line Tel: 902 00 38 38 between 10:00-14:00
  • Age Concern España
    Head Office
    Postal Address: Apartado 7, Santa Ponsa, 07180 Mallorca
    Tel: 971 231 520
    Fax: 971 230 490

Emotional Support

Samaritans of Spain: A volunteer organisation offering emotional support in English to people throughout Spain in distress or with suicidal feelings. All calls are confidential and numbers are not traced. Telephone support is available 24/7.