ABLA’s mission is to serve the surrounding community in educational, social and civic areas and to provide humanitarian assistance, with commitment, excellence and love for our neighbor, in a sustainable way and that strengthens the social fabric and inclusion in society.
“Helping the needy and making a difference in the surrounding community was and is our primary goal. Children, families and the elderly are the focus of our attention. “Telma Fernandes Teixeira (Director ABLA)
ABLA focuses on several areas including the Educational Area with the ABLA Child and Youth Center, the Senior Area supplying a Home Support Service, Resources for the Community, Social Support for families, Development Support in Guinea-Bissau and a Guest House.
ABLA supports its actions through it’s own fundraising, e.g. the Guest House, donations form individuals and companies and protocols established with various state entities. Check out the Guest House if your guests need somewhere to stay in Carcavelos: http://ablaguesthouse.org/
Casa da Sopa Berçária supports pregnant and new mothers, their babies and toddlers, providing clothes, and perishable goods such as nappies, toiletries and milk.
Donations of toys, cots, push chairs/strollers, baby carriers and any donations of items for adults that you no longer need (in good condition) are gratefully received.
Address Casa da Sopa Berçária: Rua do Parque, Lt. 1 RC Dt0, 22785-468, São Domingos de Rana
Casa da Sopa – Berçária is located in Matarraque (beside Madorna & Murtal, inland from Parede) where donations for young children residing throughout the Concelho de Cascais are stored until distribution. The volunteers would be most grateful for any suitable donations.
Contact: Isabel Costa – 967015039 or Cristina Lourenço – 966095298
Address Associacão Casa da Sopa: Rua da Torre 28, 1300-560 Lisboa,
Contact: 925 221 305
Riding for the Disabled gives physically and mentally handicapped children the opportunity to ride a horse. This provides the children with physical exercise, but also helps them mentally and socially through their interactions with volunteers. Helpers are needed to lead the horses, but also those with no previous experience of horses are needed to walk alongside. Some knowledge of Portuguese would be helpful, but by no means essential as volunteers come from many different countries.
For funding, the Association relies on the support of its members (€30.00 per year subscription,) contributions from parents (€25.00 per month), fund raisers and donations. You can help by sponsoring a horse , a rider and volunteering as a helper.
Address: Casal S. Bras, Rua de Sto. Antonio, Areia 2750-066 Cascais
Contact: 962 337 668 (Kathryn Watson)
Cercica is a facility for the intellectually handicapped in Estoril. They have a gift shop onsite.
The CERCICA (Cooperativa para a Educação e Reabilitaçãode Cidadãos Inadaptadosde Cascais) began in 1976 from the need to provide education to intellectually handicapped people excluded from regular education.
CERCICA aims to be a reference institution in the qualification and training of people with intellectual disabilities and disabilities, in creating inclusive opportunities for the independent exercise of full citizenship.
Address: Rua Principal, nº 320 / 320 A – Livramento 2765-383 ESTORIL
Contact: 21 465 85 90
The Associação Mimar is part of the of Social Solidarity Institution, who created a new Centre for temporary shelter, Casa Mimar, for children in danger between the ages of 0 to 6 year, who do not have any know natural family or have been abandandoned or removed from the family by court order.
Praceta de Santa Catarina n.º 25 2765-162 Estoril
Contact: 210 963 502
Our primary goal is to ensure that stray animals that have been abandoned or maltreated in Cascais , have a space where they can be received, treated, cherished and referred to a family that guarantees them a life with dignity and the respect they deserve , through the principle of responsible adoption
Estrada Principal do Zambujeiro, nº432, 2755-307 Alcabideche
Contact: 214 870 095
O Cantinho da Milu is a shelter in Setubal that rescues abandoned dogs and cats. Presently there are about 650 dogs in the shelter – most of them needing a loving home.
Dogs of Portugal (DOP) is an organisation that helps with the rehoming of many of the dogs from Cantinho da Milu. It is mainly geared towards Europe where many of the adopters live – Germany, the UK, Scandinavian countries etc…
(+351) 937 317 491
The Portuguese Association for Victim Support (APAV) is a private charitable organisation, recognised by law with statutory objective to inform, protect and support citizens who have been victims of crime.
It is a non-profit organisation assisted by volunteers, which supports victims of crime, in a personal, sensitive and professional way, through the provision of free and confidential services.
Free phone number 116 006 Victim Support Helpline, weekdays 0900 – 1800hrs.
They accept donations in money, and in goods that are used in their ‘safe houses’.
They welcome volunteers who provide other services such as research, translation, public relations, administration and healthcare. This type includes a group of Pro Bono Friends, qualified professionals who work from home to assist APAV on an unpaid basis.