British consulate reaches out to residents in the east

A series of talks aimed at raising awareness within the British community of consular services available to them will be presented by the British consulate of Portimão, with the help of partner organisations on March 16 in Tavira.

The event has been organised jointly by the British Consulate Portimão, the UK Department for Work and Pensions, afpop and the Algarve Tourism Board (ERTA).

Talks during the event, which will be held at the Hotel Vila Galé Albacora in Tavira between 5pm and 7pm, will focus on a range of issues, from what the Consulate can and cannot do for you, to pensions and benefits and other matters of interest to Algarve residents.

Clive Jewell, the British Consul Portimão, will be discussing the role of the Consulate and the residence, notarial and legalisation services it offers, while Michael Reeve, the CEO of afpop, will talk about the benefits of membership, building links and bridges and supporting partner organisations.

President of the ERTA Nuno Aires will also be present to discuss the plans of the Algarve Tourism Board for the summer season ahead, while finally Darryl English from the Department for Work and Pensions will be divulging essential information about what help is available from the UK if you are living in Portugal.

Clive Jewell said: “I am very pleased indeed to have this opportunity to join with the Department of Work and Pensions, afpop and the Algarve Tourism Board for this event and I hope that British residents in the eastern part of the region will take advantage of this opportunity.”

There are around 100 free places at the talks and those interested in attending need to confirm their presence by emailing bc.portimao@netcabo.pt by March 9.  Further information about the event can be found by visiting www.ukinportugal.fco.gov.uk