Feeding and helping those in need

Dream Centre Helpers

If you are alone or disabled we are a group of helpers in the community, here to offer a hand free of charge to anyone in need.

Shopping, hospital visits, help around the house or just someone to talk to in person or on the phone 24/7.

For help or to volunteer speak to our co-ordinator Carl on +34 711 07 19 00.

Humanitarian Aid

We are currently collecting Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief for the Ukrainian Refugees fleeing the horrific war in their country. We would be grateful to receive any of the following items:

Baby products, nappies, wipes, etc

First aid equipment, bandages, plasters, unused medication, torneques, splints, etc

Dried foodstuffs, and all preserved foods,

Educational equipment, toys, books, and pens.

All donations can be dropped off at “The Dream Centre” in Hondon de Los Frailes, next to Tipsy Terrace.

A special thanks to all those who donated, collected, sorted and delivered these life changing gifts of love.

Dream Centre Food Bank

Together we can impact our community by donating food to those in crisis.

We need non-perishable goods such as canned meat, fish and vegetables.

Drop them off in the ‘High Street’ at ‘Restaurant Veintiocho’ or the ‘Dream Centre’ in Hondón de los Frailes.

Please contact us if you have any questions about donating food

What we need

  • Tinned tuna
  • Tinned sardines
  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Lentils
  • Pasta sauce
  • Tomato frito
  • Red or white beans
  • Toilet Rolls
  • Chicken broth
  • Packet soups
  • Chocolate drink
  • Coffee
  • Noodles
  • Orange juice
  • Porridge
  • Cooking oil
  • Olives
  • Sultanas
  • Plus other non perishable food

What we don’t need

  • Fresh bread
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Refrigerated food
  • Medical drugs or tablets

Food bank volunteers

Volunteers are the life blood of foodbanks. Your skills could be just what we need.

There many volunteers here in Spain, helping The Dream Centre get emergency food to people in crisis. We want you to enjoy volunteering and there are lots of ways to get involved. Whatever role you choose, you will make a real difference to the life of someone who needs help.

You can help us distribute the food in person, meet clients and give out parcels. You can have an informal chat with clients over a cup of tea and discuss their situation and even help signpost them to further support.

We also need volunteers who will help with collecting the food in the first place by giving out shopping lists and raising food donations from the public and our partners. This work also includes visiting our drop off points.

If you are interested in volunteering Please contact us, we’d love to hear from you!

Frequently asked questions for clients:

What if I can’t get to the foodbank centre?

Our foodbank is not usually able to deliver your food parcel. If you are unable to collect the food yourself it may be possible for a relative or friend to collect it on your behalf by bringing your voucher. Alternatively, the agency that has referred you may be able to collect the food on your behalf.

What’s in a typical food parcel?

A typical food parcel contains a minimum of three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable, tinned and dried foods that have been donated by the local community. A typical food parcel includes: breakfast cereal, soup, pasta, rice, pasta sauce, baked beans, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, instant mash, UHT milk, tea, coffee, sugar, tinned dessert and biscuits. We will also provide fresh produce if we are able to.

Can the parcel be adapted to special dietary requirements?

We can usually adapt your food parcel to suit your dietary needs. Just let us know when you arrive with your voucher. We can provide specific parcels for a range of needs including people with diabetes, gluten intolerance, vegetarians and halal. We will also endeavour to adapt your parcel to accommodate any food allergies you indicate.

Will the food parcel cater for my whole family?

Our foodbank will adapt your food parcel according to the number of adults and children indicated on your voucher. We will also endeavour to provide foods that are age appropriate and in suitable quantities for your children. We can sometimes offer baby foods, but not SMA milk.

I have a baby, can you help with supplies of nappies and baby food?

If donated we will carry a small stock of nappies and baby foods, which we can add to your parcel. Please let the foodbank know when you arrive if you need additional items for your baby. We will also signpost you to local provision of further support where possible.

Christmas Shoebox appeal

We are proud of our connections to our sister organisation, Acorn Ministries in the Philippines.

We have direct contacts there that work all year round in the local community in the same way that we do here in Spain.

We firmly believe that there is a blessing in giving and receiving, that is why we run our own ‘Shoebox appeal’ to support families less well off than ourselves at Christmas time.

Here’s what you need to do in order to take part:

Firstly you will need an empty medium sized shoebox, and wrap the box and lid separately in colourful wrapping paper. Create the a label for your box stating if it’s intended for a boy or a girl. Select an age category 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14 and attach the label to the top of your shoebox.

Please include the following items:

Cuddly toys, dolls, toy cars, small musical instruments, footballs, yo-yos, skipping ropes, balls, small puzzles.

Colouring & picture books, pens, pencils & sharpeners, crayons or felt pens, stamps & ink pad sets, writing pads or notebooks, solar calculators.

Comb or hairbrush, toothbrush, bars of wrapped soap, flannel.

Socks, hair accessories, hat, gloves, scarf, sunglasses, caps, T-shirt, flip-flops, jewellery set, watch, wind-up torch

Do not include:

Toothpaste, sweets, lotions and liquids; used or damaged items; war-related items; seeds, gum, chocolate or food items; religious or political literature; medicines, aerosol cans, sharp or fragile items.

Items packed from this list will be removed from shoeboxes.

A suggested donation of €5 is essential to cover project costs, including shipping, to enable a local church or group overseas to lead a safe, well-organised children’s event where your shoebox will be given to a child in need.

When you have completed your shoebox bring it along to The Dream Centre and we will ensure that it is shipped in time for Christmas Day.