Adapt San Pedro

A Big Thank You

2015 SAMARITANOS CHRISTMAS APPEAL

A big thank you to all the people who contributed to the above by buying toiletries. I also think it is important that everyone knows what we do with these donations. Samaritanos send a list of families who are in most need, this list includes the number of people in the family and the age and sex of the children. Mail Pinatar have supplied us with plain white carrier bags for the last two years and with the help of an Adapt member, Jenny Futcher this year we filled 51 bags with shower gel, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes and soap, the amount of each item is dependent on the number in the family. The shortfall on some items were bought with money donated from members and friends plus the collection made at the Guardia Civil traffic talk as requested by them.
The children of these families were not forgotten this year as it was decided to spend some money out of the tonne of money to buy them a little gift. Again Samaritanos supplied a list of children and their ages. I went out and bought various items such as pens, pencils, hair slides, colouring books etc. We again used carrier bags supplied by Mail Pinatar and wrapping paper supplied by Eroski. Each present was individually wrapped by Adapt member, Anne Valentine. Jenny made tags and ribbons for each bag – pink for the girls and blue for the boys (see photographs) Gloves were also bought for each child from generous donations given by two members and some friends. Each child received a wrapped gift, sweets, crisps, and gloves in their carrier bags. 53 children received these gifts.

 

Thank you to all our members and particularly to Anne and Jenny without whom the above would not have been possible plus the people who donated money, some of whom are not even members.

Celia Drinkall, Charity Coordinator

NHW – New Alert

Alert.

BEWARE OF PAPER ON THE BACK WINDOW OF YOUR VEHICLE.

This is the latest method of carjacking and this is how it works. You walk across the car park, unlock your car and get inside. You start the engine put it into reverse. When you look in the rear-view mirror to back out of your space, you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window. So, you stop and jump out of your car to remove that paper (or whatever else it may be) that is obstructing your view. When you are at the rear of your car, that is when the carjackers appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and take off. They practically run you over as they speed off in your car. And probably your purse/bag/valuables are still in the car. So now the carjacker has your car AND your home address AND your money, and maybe you house keys. Your home and your whole identity are now compromised!

BEWARE OF THIS NEW SCHEME THAT IS NOW BEING USED. If you see a piece of paper stuck to your back window, lock your doors and just drive away!! Remove the paper later. A purse contains all kinds of personal information and identification documents, and you certainly do NOT want this to fall into the wrong hands.

Storytelling

The Library Reading/Storytelling Hours will re-start in October. Known as La Hora del Cuento, this involves reading to Spanish children between the ages of 4 and 7 years old in the San Pedro Library, in English language, assisted by Mabel, one of the Librarians. There are currently 6 storyteller (Cuentacuentos) members of this group. Any wishing to join this group should contact secretaryadapt@outlook.com

 

World Migratory Bird Day

The Guided Tour of the Salinas for ADAPT, celebrating World Bird Migratory Day, was held on Thursday 14th May at 09:30. This tour was designed for ADAPT by the Salinas Visitors Centre. Our guides for the Tour were Fran and Estela

At intervals as we walked, our Guides played tracks from well known songs to illustrate Salinas wildlife. From several examples, Somebody to Love was very appropriate as we watched the male Terns and Avocets fighting for females on one of the Salinas banks along with female displays of attraction. It’s a Small World was brilliant as we studied microscopic Artemia under a portable magnifier and watched the very small fish in shoals near reeds, the two main foods of the birds at the Salinas. I Will Survive was another highly appropriate song for plant life struggling to cope with drought and high salinity.

We ended on the beach with the famous Spanish song Mediterraneo and returned for a slide show in the Centre, closing with What a Wonderful World. In this case, it certainly was, and we left better educated and more environmentally aware than we arrived. A great day, made very enjoyable thanks to Maria, Fran and Estela of the Salinas centre.

Children’s Reading Hour

This project  started on Thursday 16th April. It involves reading to Spanish children between the ages of 4 and 7 years old in the San Pedro Library, in English language, assisted by Mabel, one of the Librarians. There are currently 6 storyteller members of this group and a schedule will be developed so that the Cuentacuentos (Storytellers) can rotate to ensure the reading involves different accents for the children to listen and understand. Anyone wishing to join this group should contact secretaryadapt@outlook.com

 

NHW – New Alert 26th April 2015

Current spam email campaigns are trying to infiltrate or infect email accounts by pretending to come from either Adobe or LinkedIn Support. The emails from LinkedIn claim ‘irregular activities have prompted a compulsory security update’. With the Adobe emails attempt to direct the user to the latest updates

Phishing is an attempt by a fraudster to steal valuable information by pretending to be a company that you know and use. It relies on people to think the message is genuine. Victims are initially sent an email that will have either a link to a website, or contain an attachment. What the fraudsters want you to do is click on the link or attachment so that they can steal valuable information from your computer, like your bank account or credit card details

Protect yourself:

  • Look at who the email is addressed to – many will say “Dear user” or “Dear valued customer” and will not be addressed directly to you.
  • If there are images included in the email they may be of a poor quality but will try to look like the company they are trying to represent.
  • The message may have a few spelling mistakes.
  • Do not click on the link supplied. Instead, go to the relevant website and log in from there.
 

Knit and Natter Group

This is a brand new group, which will meet on Monday afternoons from 3pm – 5pm at the Oficina de Vecinos in El Mohon. Any home craft work may be done in this group. For more information contact secretaryadapt@outlook.com

Easter Bonnet Competition

The Easter Parade was on at the  ADAPT  meeting on Saturday 4th April where there were some imaginative Easter Bonnets, which had been made lovingly by some enthusiastic ADAPT members. The judges,  committee member Yolanda Rodriguez and the lovely bar staff girls, found it difficult to choose a winner.  In the end the accolade went to Janet Pierce for originality and colour.

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NHW – New Alert 28th March 2015

A man visited houses in San Miguel on 4th March, he is aggressive and says he is from the Electricity Company and demands money for non payment of an Electricity Bill
He has also visited houses in La Florida, Orihuela Costa on 4 March 2015 again using a SILVER VW Reg number MU7278BX
If you see this man or his vehicle please ring the Guardia Civil or Policia Local. If you can´t speak Spanish use the 112 system.
ON NO ACCOUNT GIVE MONEY TO PERSONS

New Location

As of the 7th March 2015 we have a new location for our Monthly Meetings. The meetings will now be held at the Lo Pagan Pensionistas, which is to the side of the Castelar College.

 

As our membership keeps expanding we have out grown our current facility. The new venue give use far more room for expansion.

Please see map for directions.