The Adeje-based Focus group, representing foreign residents in the borough, has had a busy year with some new projects scheduled for 2018.
The Focus Group is an informal advisory group established to reflect the concerns and needs of the non-Spanish speaking international community living in Adeje, and to liaise with the council on matters of mutual interest and concern. It has evolved over the last two years with a working group of members from different nationalities coming together once a month to see how we can advance the integration of foreign national groups into the day to day life of Adeje and meets once a month.
The group’s working language is English, but it is not just for English people – instead it is for residents who have English as their primary language, or in the case of some, as their second language after their mother tongue. There are members from the UK, from Ireland, from the Ukraine, and are working to invite members from other countries.
During the year Focus organised or co-operated on a number of projects of interest to foreign residents in Adeje, including the first in a series of guided tours of historic parts of the borough of Adeje. Given the large number of British people in the borough there were also a number of Brexit-related events and public meetings.
At the end of 2017 the group moved the base for the meetings to the Adeje Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia (the Adeje school for security and social harmony, based in Los Olivos), which is the council’s centre for many international cultural and social groups. And with cooperation from the school there are a number of new projects scheduled for 2018.
In 2018 the group hope to help in the plans for an international day for foreign residents. They are also inviting other cultural and social organisations to meet with them to discuss shared challenges and interests and examine the possibility of establishing an information centre for different nationalities based in Adeje working through different languages.