British Consul visits new Algarve project

By CHRIS WRIGHT [email protected]

Clive Jewell, the British Consul based in Portimão, visited Moncarapacho near Olhão on January 7 to gain first-hand knowledge of the exciting new project Centre Algarve for people with special needs.

The centre will have 14 fully serviced bedrooms, educational suite, petting zoo, sensory garden and will be equipped to the highest standard.

British businessman Andy Mahoney and his company, who are financing the non-profit making trust which will administer the centre, said: “We are delighted that the British Consul has visited the project at this important stage of its development and  shown such enthusiasm for our work.  

“We have recently heard that Skoda UK will be sponsoring our educational suite under the banner of their new model the Skoda Yeti. They are also providing several small electric cars, modelled on the Yeti, for the children to ride on.”

Andy Mahoney, who travels over from the UK every weekend, was also delighted to receive a recent donation of €5,000 from the Angels Theatre Group after their Christmas activities.

The Group are planning to equip and sponsor the new lounge area at the centre.

Clive Jewell is not a man to sit behind his desk. He said: “A key part of my job, and actually my favourite part, is to meet as many members of our resident British community as possible throughout the Algarve and the best way to achieve that is to be pro-active, to get out and about.

“We therefore need to get out and about and meet people in their local communities. I have thoroughly enjoyed my visit, and it is impossible not to feel inspired by the enthusiasm and dedication shown by Tom Willis, the project manager, especially when he was talking about the many volunteers from different parts of the world who are giving up their free time to make their own contribution.”

Meanwhile, the Consulate is planning a number of events throughout the Algarve during the coming year to explain not only what it can and cannot do for its fellow British residents but also to shed light on some of the less obvious things it gets involved with.

Clive took up his appointment in July last year after a successful career in the travel industry and has lived in the Algarve for the past 21 years.