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From 3–26 March, Formentera stages 14th round of classes to help foreigners finesse cultural and social integration

curs-2019-integracio--jpFrom 19-28 February, enrolment will be open for the Formentera Department of Social Welfare’s course on social and cultural integration. The course is held twice yearly at the island’s adult learning centre, and for this round, classes extend from 3-26 March. Students who complete the course successfully receive a report from the Balearic government accrediting the holder’s efforts towards integration, and classes serve to prepare individuals ahead of the CCSE citizenship test.

Space is available for 15 and individuals interested in enrolling are asked to inquire at the social welfare office during regular office hours, 9.00am to 2.00pm. A valid ID (temporary residence card or passport) is required for registration. Conducted over 20 hours in two weekly sessions, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4.30 to 7.00pm, the course will be held in the large classroom of the Escola d’Adults.

Topics covered will include Spain's constitutional values, human rights and civil liberties, the Balearic Statute of Autonomy, the European Union and gender equality, among others.

10 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Red Cross info session at Casa del Poble in La Mola

creuroja1Red Cross of Eivissa-Formentera is teaming up with Formentera’s social welfare division to host a 6.00pm information session next Wednesday, 12 February, at Casa del Poble in La Mola. In need of local volunteers, the charitable organisation hopes to shed light on ongoing projects and encourage islanders lend a hand.

6 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Consell and Red Cross team up to host two volunteer sessions on Formentera this weekend

sessio---la-mola-13-12-20191This weekend, the Eivissa-Formentera Red Cross and the Formentera social welfare department will stage two events at the weekend aimed at encouraging islanders to engage in volunteer action.

The first, which takes place tomorrow (Friday) at 6.00pm in La Mola's Casa del Poble, is an information session about ongoing Red Cross projects and what to do to get involved.

Saturday 14 December comes with a special gathering for volunteers. Unfolding from 11.00am to 2.00pm in Sant Francesc's Plaça de la Constitució, the day-long event, or jornada, will include basic CPR training, immobilisation demos, functional stimulation activities, recycling workshop and games for children.

Volunteer day canceled to due rough weather
The Department of Social Welfare reports that, in light of the forecast bout of inclement weather, the volunteer training initially scheduled for tomorrow, 13 December, in the morning and afternoon, is canceled until further notice. The Consell de Formentera extends its apologies to volunteers and is hopeful the programme will be held after the Christmas holidays. The training was organised with support from the regional and local governments by the Plataforma del Voluntariat.


12 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Qué Celestre gets region’s Savina Prize for volunteer work

fotografia-mar-alavirulejjFormentera’s social welfare office reports that the local association Qué Celeste has been honoured with the Balearic government’s 2019 Savina Prize for volunteering.

Together with laureates from across the archipelago, the group will receive their distinctions during a 7.00pm gala at the Palma Conservatory of Music. Qué Celeste’s award will be delivered by Formentera’s chief of social welfare, Rafael Ramírez, as part of International Volunteer Day celebrations. Each of the four winners of the best practices award will receive a cash prize of €3,000. Qué Celeste snagged the honours in a nod to their Somiant Desperts programme, with the jury highlighting the initiative’s quality, quantity of volunteer participation, associated training, reach, impact, networking and various other criteria. The Consell de Formentera collaborates by contributing organising and outreach assistance in many Qué Celeste initiatives.

Information booth in Sant Francesc
Also for International Volunteer Day, tomorrow, 5 December, association representatives and current or aspiring volunteers can stop by a stand in Plaça de la Constitució for information about volunteering and upcoming training programmes.

Pointing to the profusion of community groups and programming whose existence depends on volunteer involvement and collaboration, social welfare chief Rafael Ramírez highlighted recent momentum around the creation of a local volunteers’ group.

In October, a crowd of curious islanders and group representatives came out for an information session in the Casal d’Entitats. “While nothing tangible has materialised yet”, said Ramírez, “this administration wants to underscore just how impactful we think a league of volunteers could be”. Were such a cohort to form, he continued, “it would get the full heft of the support, expertise and cooperation of this government and our corps of professionals”. The Consell de Formentera wishes to recognise the commendable efforts of individuals who volunteer their time, often unbeknownst to the rest of the population. “Volunteers are out there doing magnificent work all year long”, said the councillor.

Volunteering workshop, 13 December
On Friday, 13 December, a free training session will be offered for associations as well as current or aspiring volunteers. The training is presented by the Platform for Volunteering (Plataforma del Voluntariat) with support from the Balearic and Formentera governments. The event will start in the morning with an overview of new regional legislation governing volunteering in the Balearics and how it applies to groups that use volunteers. In the afternoon, parties who are interested in completing the basic training and getting accompanying accrediation are invited to a short course blending theory with practical know-how.

The session for groups runs from 11.30am to 1.30pm; individual volunteers will gather at the Casal d’Entitats from 3.00pm to 7.00pm. All those interested in attending should visit the Department of Social Welfare during regular office hours to register, or stop by the information stand tomorrow in Plaça de la Constitució.

4 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Day for Disability Awareness

jornada-discapacitat--3-1The Formentera Department of Social Welfare reports that the island’s second Day for Disability Awareness (Jornada del Discapacitat) is taking place this morning. A range of professionals from across the Pine Islands are scheduled to attend the event, which is geared not just towards professionals, but families and any other interested parties. After a 9.15am start time this morning, the programme will wrap up at 2.00pm.

During the welcoming ceremony, social welfare chief Rafael Ramírez hailed the involvement of disabled individuals’ support groups on the island. He also pointed out that “the work they're doing, and the assistance they provide, are a pretty good indicator of where we're at as a society”. The councillor also highlighted the crucial role of families — “they're the real champions”, he insisted.

4 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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