News from Guardian Angels
FEBRUARY 2015 NEWSLETTER
Almond blossom provides one of the most beautiful smells and sights and we are very fortunate to experience - field upon field of almond trees in the Jalon Valley and surrounding areas in the north of the Costa Blanca. There are almond blossom picnics and walks which certainly help to make February a pleasant month, whatever the weather.
 
Over Christmas I spent lots of great quality time with Layla, my granddaughter, and realised how much I could learn from her. One thing that can escape us as adults is mindfulness and living in the “now”. Watching Layla playing, it was lovely to see her being totally focused on the present moment; her thoughts weren’t distracted by what had happened yesterday or last week and she wasn’t concerned about tomorrow or the future. I love how the young can be our teachers.
 
GA’s committee meetings are underway and the team are working hard on some exciting fundraising events. We are very lucky to have loyal supporters with the numbers constantly growing, which helps us to continue helping our members.
 
“Your task is not to seek for love, but to find the barriers in yourself that you have built against it”. A Course in Miracles
 
Tricia Barr (Founder) 622 795 542     tricia@guardian-angels.es
Welcome to our new Chief Mentor, Becky Clair
Becky has lived in Jávea for 2 years with her partner Gary. She was a single parent for 10 years to 3 young children, who are now grown up and live in the UK. She is a qualified Counsellor in the Person Centred Approach and trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

“Having set up a private practice here, I also wanted to be able to put something back into the community and Guardian Angels is a wonderful charity to help single parents. I understand many difficult situations and anxieties surrounding being a single parent and hope to pass on my experiences in a positive way to help support the members and also to support the other mentors.” she said.

We are delighted to have you join us Becky and I assure you that you will find it very rewarding working with our lovely members and mentors.   Tricia
“Being a single mum in Kenya is not easy for the issue is not treated nicely” -  Pam-Anne
To begin with,the culture does not treat this kindly...one is not respected by the society. One who does not have a job even finds it much harder to survive among her family members for she poses as a burden to them. There are no entitlements to any material gain in form of land or home. In an African culture a woman is meant to marry and inherit wealth from the spouse side thus has no entitlement to wealth from her parents side.

The constitution of the land dictates that all children need to share these inheritance equally, however the culture still speaks louder for the people. To make it even much harder the government does not offer any kind of support to these single families.

As a single mother you must be able to bite life the hard way, that entails work exemplary harder in order to provide to your family.  In terms of security, there is no special security categorical set for the single parents and their children. But you know what, these challenges are what motivates single mums/parents to become much more stronger and wiser.

Children also at times find it more challenging on realizing that they only have one parent while other families are basically complete. A working single parent has their hands full with responsibilities.
Greetings to all the members of the Guardian Angels. Pam-Anne

My thanks to Pam-Anne, who keeps in touch with her mentor by email.  I only wish we could help single parents more in Kenya but as their culture is so different, it is not viable at the moment.  I admire how these single parents cope with the ethical issues they have to deal with.  Pam-Anne, you are a strong lady and we wish you all the best.  Tricia
Muchas gracias for the donations
GA is extremely grateful to have recently received donations from La Caixa bank, the Alfaz Spiritual Foundation, James McArthur and Lynda Powell. 
Benidorm
Guardian Angels Wing 
If you would like to become involved with this new wing by offering your services as a committee member, mentor, or fundraiser or in any other way,  please contact Tricia on 622 795 542.
We are very grateful to Pauline and Janet for their ongoing support.
Wanted - PR/Publicity Assistant
Guardian Angels, the single-parent support group based on the Costa Blanca, is planning to expand its membership and offer its support services over a much wider area - it already has members in UK and in Kenya. We are looking for a volunteer, who preferably has publicity experience and is also fluent in Spanish, to help the President drive this project forward.
 
The person's role would be to seek out the places where single parents can be reached (schools and colleges, health and social centres, social media sites, etc.) and newspaper and radio stations in other areas, arranging for the display of posters, press articles, interviews and talks and helping to set up new groups.
 
If you feel you have the skills and time to help us with this interesting role, please email your details to tricia@guardian-angels.es or call Tricia to discuss on 622 795 542. You can find out more about Guardian Angels on our website -http://www.guardian-angels.es
Guardian Angels support lone parents with children living with them. Unfortunately if a single parent marries or has a live in partner they are no longer eligible to be members so should inform us of their change in circumstances.
Check out our new website at www.guardian-angels.es with a new Meet the Team feature, Upcoming Events, an improved Events Gallery, containing photos of past events, an updated list of Service Providers and much more. We are also gradually translating the whole website into Spain.
Zoe’s diary continues….
Well here we are, already into February of 2015 and the time seems to be flying by. I have to say I’m approaching this year with a tad more excitement and a more positive attitude after many difficult moments in 2014: the most important thing is that I’m sticking to my resolutions and so far so good. By summer of last year I refused to allow my life to continue in the same vein and as I sat with my daughter in hospital I made a resolve that this would be the end of what seemed like an endless flow of bad luck and bad decisions.

A new home in Denia was high on my list, as well as a complete change of career, both I’m happy to say have since come to fruition - from teaching English to now working as a carer for elderly people and working with an agency back in the UK that pays me in sterling - an added bonus living in the badly hit Euro zone!
 
Basically I came across an article offering training back in the UK to be a carer - offering consistent work at very good rates and doing a job that is worthwhile and fufilling, as well as teaching you a lot about human nature and yourself.
 
Fortunately, my eldest daughter is over 20 now and therefore able to help out with my younger daughter aged 12. I  also have my parents nearby keeping a close eye, which enables me to go off for two weeks and work, earning over a thousand pounds. We now have our lovely sunny flat in the centre of Denia and the two kittens we desperately wanted! It’s not easy leaving the girls, believe me, but it is for the greater good for now and finally I see an end to the constant money worries and more hope for present and future. Thanks to Tricia and the positive thinking workshops I changed the chip and changed my life. If you want any information on the care work please do contact me.
Zoe Braganza Jones at lielowcoolbreeze@yahoo.es
PAST FUNDRAISING EVENTS


Quiz night at Inn on the Green
Another successful GA event. It was a really fun evening,  thanks to quiz master Andre who had us all in stitches.

Congratulations and thanks also to our energetic fundraiser Gill who did a great job and raised a commendable €526!

UPCOMING FUNDRAISING EVENTS
“Angels or Divas” event  Saturday 21 March 2pm–5pm
A “beautilicious” afternoon at Mimi’s hairdressers, Javea.
This girlie event will be enjoyed by ladies including Mums & Daughters (which one is the angel and which is the diva!?)

*Learning about hair and beauty
*Lots of demos and some free treatments (all ages)
*Fashion Show –  High Street Heaven
*Free samples
*Glass of cava with nibbles
*Podiatry treatments by Leigh
*Angel card readings by Tamsin
*Tarot card readings by Brenda
*Raffle prize
*More, more, more

€5 entry  - call into Mimi’s to get your ticket or contact Tricia 662 795 542 or Gill 655 415 003
Ifach Golf competition and lunch at Club de Golf Ifach  Wednesday 25 March at 9am
This is a mixed Texas Scramble, 18 holes, 09:00 shotgun start. Tees of the Day. Open to non-members. There will be a prize presentation and meal after the competition to include team prizes and nearest the pin (ladies and men).
 
Raffle - star prize 50" TV. Event sponsored by de Vere Financial Services. 

Entry fee - members €5 (donated to GA), non-members €24 (incl. 9-hole fee). To enter call Carole on 966 197 277 or Gill 655 415 003

 
Wine Tasting
24 April  7.30pm
Venue near Moraira TBC
Monfort Wines have agreed to provide the wine tasting as last year. If you came to our last wine tasting event, you will no doubt look forward to coming again, as it was a very entertaining and interesting evening. More information available soon on Facebook - call Gill 655 415 003 to reserve a ticket.
FUNDRAISING EVENTS 2015
 DATE PROPOSED EVENT
28 February TBC Used Clothing Pickup
21 March Angels or Divas afternoon at Mimi’s, Jávea
25 March Ifach Golf
24 April Wine Tasting
June TBC Zumba Event
June TBC Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir
July None
August None
20 September Multi-National Music Event
15 October Thai Evening
6 or 7 November TBC GA Masquerade Ball
December  
Keep up to date with all our events on our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/GuardianAngelsSpain/events
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