Support Groups on the Costa Brava

Local Costa Brava support groups (mostly Catalan or Spanish-speaking) for drug addiction, cancer support, AIDS and more...

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

Spanish Red Cross (Cruz Roja Española)

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 shelter. Additional 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.

  • Spanish Red Cross (in Spanish)
    Tel: 902 222 292
  • Provincial Red Cross Office: Girona
    At
    : Calle Bonastruc De Porta 13, 17001 Girona
    Tel: 972 200 415
    Fax: 972 208 883
    email

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is a support group for recovering alcoholics. There are Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in the Cataluña Region. Though most are in Spanish, there are some meetings held in English.

  • To find an AA meeting in Catalonia: Click here (then select "Meetings")

Al-Anon offers support for family and friends of alcoholics. Al-Anon has English-language meetings across Spain, though none take place on the Costa Brava. There are however, Spanish-language meetings attended by - and which welcome - English speakers.

  • Al-Anon Cataluña
    Tel: 933 103 953
  • For a list of English-language Al-Anon meetings in Spain: Click here

HIV/AIDS

The gTt - HIV Treatment Group (Grupo de Trabajo sobre Tratamientos del VIH) is a non-profit association offering HIV treatment advice as well as advice on social, political, economic and cultural issues for those living with HIV/AIDS.

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

Stop SIDA is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the fight against AIDS and other sexually-transmitted diseases. The aim of the organisation is to encourage prevention but it also provides support, information and resources to infected people, their family and friends.

Cancer Support

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

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

The Association of Parents of Children with Cancer (Asociació de nens amb Cáncer - AFANOC) helps and gives support to children with cancer.

  • AFANOC Spain (in Spanish and Catalan)
    At: Carrer de Pere Serafí, 41 baixos, 08012 Barcelona
    Tel: 932 377 979
    Fax: 932 376 699
    email
  • AFANOC - Tarragona
    At
    : Carrer Rambla vella, 7 bis, 4art 3ª, 43003 Tarragona
    Tel: 977 228 712
    Fax: 977 228 712
    email

The Spanish Association Against Cancer (Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer - AECC) offers prevention and detection information as well as support for those diagnosed with cancer and their families.

  • AECC Spain
    At
    : Calle Amador de los Rios 5, 28010 Madrid
    Tel: 913 194 138
    Fax: 913 190 966
    Information line: 099 100 036
  • AECC - Girona
    At
    : Calle Albareda 3-5, 17004 Girona
    Tel: 972 201 306 (Monday to Thursday 09:00-14:00 and 15:00-18:00; Friday 09:00-15:00; Summer hours, Monday to Friday 08:00-15:00)
    email

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous (Narcóticos Anónimos - NA) is a non-profit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. There are no Narcotics Anonymous meetings held in English in the Catalonia region, though there are English-language meetings in Barcelona.

  • Narcotics Anonymous
    Tel
    : 902 114 147

Support Groups for Women

There is a national helpline available for women who are victims of violence.

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

Children's Helpline

Help for Children and Adolescents at Risk (Ayuda a Niños y Adolescentes en Riesgo - Fundación ANAR) 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.

  • Age Concern España
    Information line Tel
    : 902 00 38 38 (daily from 10:00-14:00)
    Postal Address: Apartado 7, Santa Ponsa, 07180 Mallorca
    Tel: 971 231 520
    Fax: 971 230 490
    email

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.