The Royal British Legion (RBL) Portugal branch held a three-day caseworkers’ training course at the Hotel Garbe in Armação de Pêra between March 25 and 27.
This course, the first to be held in Portugal, was attended by 21 volunteers from across the country.
The training officer for Portugal, Mark Hanmer, and RBL welfare officer Desmond Briggs arranged for Brian Simpson to teach the course and are planning for it to run annually.
Paul Rodwell, the British Consul to the Algarve, was the guest speaker, informing attendees about what the Consular Service can and cannot do.
According to Mark Hanmer, before this course, Portugal had only a handful of trained caseworkers, who were becoming stretched with the rise in the number of cases over recent years.
Now the RBL in Portugal will be able to respond more effectively and the workload of the volunteers will be spread more evenly. There are currently around 260 RBL members in Portugal.
For more information, please visit the website, available in English, at www.portugal.legionbranches.net.