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This autumn/winter on Formentera, continuing education is back

Foto curs ceramicaThe Formentera Council wishes to present its catalogue of adult-education courses and workshops. The goal is to offer a wide variety to meet the educational and recreational demand generated by citizens resident on the island.

The offer is divided as follows:

Art and Creation
Year after year, there is a training offer in art workshops, such as the creation and painting workshop by Teresa Matilla, wood carving by Aaron Keydar and ceramics given by Remedios Castillo and Silvia Jobani. These courses begin in November and end in March.

As a new feature, this year Catalina Juan Verdera will offer a workshop of embroidery and punto canario that will unfold November to March. All information and signups from next Monday, September 25, at the Citizen's Information Office (OAC).

Photography and digital edition
Given its good reception, this year it is repeated the beginners course in Photoshop to learn the basic tools of this indispensable image retouching program. The course taught by Sergio Torres will take place during the month of February.

The other new draw of the year will be the beginners' and advanced courses of digital photography Jose Antonio Arribas. Both courses will be intensive and will have a theoretical and practical component, which will allow students to learn different photographic techniques inside and outside the classroom. This course is aimed at all those who want to get the most out of their camera or work in-depth with different photographic disciplines. For all the details and to register also from next Monday, September 25 at the OAC.

Performing arts
Concerning performing arts, the Espai_F cultural association with its Theater Classroom has organized, on the one hand, the theatrical interpretation workshop for adults, imparted by Àngels Escandell and Miquel Costa and, on the other band, the dance and movement workshop run by Valeria Del Vecchio.

Both workshops will be held from November to April. In addition, Espai_F also organizes this year the creative writing workshop. This workshop will be held at the Casa del Pueblo de la Mola and will last for 20 hours. All the information and inscriptions on these courses can be found at the Casa del Pueblo de la Mola or at the email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Training courses
The social welfare office organizes courses for unemployed people. This year there is a course in socio-sanitary care for dependent people in social institutions that will be held from mid-October to February. And the course in social and cultural integration that happens twice a year, in November and March. To get more info and to learn how to register, visit the social welfare office (àrea de Benestar Social).

Body and mind
As every year, the Council also offers a yoga course, taught by Susanne Laier. The course begins in November and ends in April and the classes will take place at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) and the Sant Ferran de ses Roques primary school. For details on it, including information on how to register, visit the OAC from September 25.

In addition, the Casa del Poble de la Mola offers a series of workshops dedicated to sport and health, such as tai-chi, pilates, maintenance gymnastics, yoga, meditation and dance workshops. All the workshops will begin in November. For information and inscriptions interested parties can go directly to the Casa del Pueblo de la Mola.

Language courses
Aspiring language learners will this year find courses in Catalan, Italian and English. Free Catalan courses will be provided by the Council's language service, at levels A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. Signups run September 25 to October 11 in ​​the culture office of the Formentera Council. The courses begin on October 16, and the end of the course will be adapted to the call for official tests scheduled for January and February 2017.

There will also be English courses, given by Nancy McConachie, and from Italian, given by Rodolfo Taccheo. English classes begin January in the afternoon, and they offer a basic level and an advanced level. And Italian courses start in January, in the morning, and offer a basic and advanced level. Registration of these language courses can also be done at the OAC.

Traditional activities workshops
This year, the Sant Ferran retirees' club will also offer courses and workshops exploring traditional activities. In this way, anyone who wants can be applied in the sewing workshops, or learn to chain chairs, to make baskets or to spool. In addition, there is also a course for cooking, sandwich making and a practical course to learn to wear traditional clothing, mainly aimed at dance groups. These courses have the collaboration of the Heritage office of the Formentera Council.

All courses start in November. For more information, those interested can contact the retirees' club.

Pre-enrollment
Pre-enrollment will open on September 25.

For workshops that begin in November, such as ceramics, painting and wood carvings, the registration can be done until October 20. For English and Italian courses, which begin in January, the registration will be open until December 15. With regard to the Photoshop course that takes place in February, those interested can register until January 15.

Leisure programmes for youth in Sant Ferran

Foto animacio joventut sant ferranThis July and August, the Formentera Council's Office of Social Welfare is working on a way to take culture, sports and recreation to playground audiences. Since September of last year, the programme has seen the Council partner with the administration of Sant Ferran's primary school to stage activities for young children and teens on school grounds.

As part of the partnership, the Council enlists staff to open the play park and sports fields in the Sant Ferran school courtyard for the town's youngsters. Two monitors keep watch every afternoon from Monday to Saturday, giving structure to matches of football, ping-pong, basketball and badminton and overseeing children's games, film screenings, workshops and cycling outings.

Department secretary Vanessa Parellada pointed to soaring use and attendance as proof of the popularity of the service. It will run through winter, although hours will be tweaked according to changes in the timetable of the school's on-site municipal library.

Upgrades at social welfare offices and local police station

Foto millores edifici policia localThe Formentera Council's Office of Infrastructure wishes to announce the completion of upgrades to the facade and roof of the building that houses the Office of Social Welfare and Formentera local police.

Crews cleaned and repaired cracks in the building's surface before painting it. They also cleaned a portion of the walkable roof, installed waterproofed tiles, fixed leaks in the building and switched out portions of the tile roof that had fallen into disrepair.

The Council brought in an outside contractor to oversee the work, which was valued at €27,680.40, VAT included.

Council renews partnership with Formenterers Solidaris to 'help developing countries and raise awareness locally'

Signatura conveni for solidarisFormentera Council chief Jaume Ferrer and Maria Costa, president of the NGO Formenterers Solidaris, signed a deal to use Council money to subsidise development cooperation for developing countries and push outreach on the island in 2017.

Under the deal, the group can receive financial help in the following areas:

-Coordinating and managing cooperation and development projects in developing countries.
-Organising seminars, round tables, panels, exhibitions and conferences.
-Costs associated with equipment, material and internal provisions required for day-to-day operations.
-Organising product and fundraising drives for places in need.
-Managing food overstock donations provided by Formentera Island Council.

The €3,000 deal is valid for two years and can be extended at the end of that time. Also in attendance at the gathering were head of social welfare Vanessa Parellada and the secretary of Formenterers Solidaris, Teresa Costa.

Day Centre receives “ONCE Solidarios” honour

Foto premi onceSocial welfare councillor Vanessa Parellada and Marta Uriarte, the chief of Formentera's care centre for dependent persons, attended a ceremony to honour recipients of the “ONCE Solidarios” prize at the Teatre Principal in Palma. Expressing a deep gratitude for the distinction, Parellada took the opportunity to congratulate the Day Centre's entire staff “for the professionalism and dedication that made it possible” and asserted, “with recognition like this, we are all the more driven to move forward with the Day Centre project”.

The Formentera Day Centre, an initiative of the Formentera Council, received the distinction from the Balearic division of ONCE, which salutes exceptional programmes and projects in disability prevention, rehabilitation and social inclusion, accessibility and removing barriers, both physical and mental, to equal opportunities for all.

The Centre was hailed as “an invaluable resource on the island” for its work improving quality of life among disabled people and their families and for collaborating with associations and other stakeholders that provide care for people with disabilities.

They were also lauded for participating in other groups' campaigns and activities like Carnaval, environmental outreach, Formentera's Festa Intercultural and Three Kings' Day celebrations increasing the visibility of concerns of people with disabilities  

The Centre was also lauded for its collaboration in other groups' campaigns and activities—Carnaval, environmental outreach, Formentera's Festa Intercultural and Three Kings' Day celebrations among them—which increase visibility for the issues faced by people with disabilities.

Aromatic garden
Also applauded were the Centre's efforts to boost personal autonomy and social involvement, such as with the aromatic garden occupational training project.

Highlighting the Day Centre's work raising awareness and eradicating the stigmas that dog the disabled community, “ONCE Solidarios” called the local facility a “model of better practices” in personalised care.

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