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Local highschoolers head to dependent care facility to get look at job opportunities

visita-institut-centre-de-dia-2A group of year four pupils from Formentera's secondary school IES Marc Ferrer paid a visit today to the island's dependent care or “Day Centre” (Centre de Dia) for a close-up look at how the facility works and to share experiences with both employees and islanders at the centre. Year one and two students of the batxiller programme made a similar trip last Monday, and tomorrow the other year four group will follow suit.

The visits are meant to educate older highschoolers about how the Centre de Dia works so they can get a sense of the employment opportunities available—“here and at the future home for the aged”, said director Marta Uriarte. “We want our visitors to come away aware that the two facilities are good places to work”.

'Intergenerational days'
The visits form part of the events organised for Children's Day. In 2015, local school children visited the centre as part of a programme created to promote cross-generational encounters. According to CiF social welfare and youth councillor Vanessa Parellada, school visits from Centre de Dia regulars came next.

This year, the cross-generational experience has fused with job preparation—particularly because, as Parellada pointed out, “the day centre now, and the seniors' assisted living residence in the future, are strong generators of employment”. “It seemed like a great idea to get older students from the high school here in person to see what it's all about and what kind of jobs are available”.

Thirty-six islanders use the dependent care facility today (26 seniors and 10 individuals with varying levels of dependency) plus another five participants in a programme to boost individual autonomy. The 19-person support team includes eight social health workers, with at least another eight required when the new assisted living facility opens.

Enrolment in integration course starts February 20

foto-curs-integracio---20181The Formentera Council's social welfare department announces that from February 23 to March 4 enrolment will be open for the Council's course on social and cultural integration, now in its twelfth year. Department head Vanessa Parellada said “the course is held twice annually, once in November and again in March, the idea being to help immigrants on the island integrate and complete necessary administrative formalities”. This round of classes will begin March 5 and finish the 28th.

Space is available for 15 and spots will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis. Individuals interested in enrolling are asked to inquire at the social welfare office from 9.00am to 2.00pm, and a valid ID (temporary residence card [NIE] or passport) is required. Conducted over 20 hours in two weekly sessions, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4.30 to 7.00pm, the free course will be held in the large classroom of the adult learning centre (Escola d'Adults).

Topics covered will include, among others, Spain's constitutional values, human rights and civil liberties, the Balearic Statute of Autonomy, the European Union and gender equality. Aimed at familiarising students with the various subjects and helping them obtain the associated accreditation, the classes are mainly geared towards immigrants, particularly those wishing to renew their residence permit, prepare for the CCSE citizenship test or demonstrate integration during the early phases of their stay in Spain.

World Cancer Day

foto-aecc1CiF social welfare councillor Vanessa Parellada dropped in at an information stand staffed by the Formentera chapter of the Associación Española contra el Cáncer for World Cancer Day today, February 4. A similar table was in place at the Formentera hospital. Parellada saluted the AECC, who work in local education and prevention, on their “fabulous work in support of the ill and their families—keep up the good work”. The Council, she said, is on board for more close collaboration and renewed support from the administration. An allied banner was hung from the balcony of the Casa Consistorial, a show of support for AECC and celebration of the day.

UOM hits Formentera

Friday February 1 heralds the start of a series of conferences put on by the UOM (“Open University for Seniors”). The series, dubbed “Aprendre no té edat” (Never too old to learn), is designed for people who are over 50. Scheduled for 5.00pm this Friday in the Sant Francesc retirees' club, the inaugural conference will find Lina Sansano sharing practical approaches researching and shaping Formentera's local history. The free eight-part conference cycle comes to an end May 24. 

Open call for organisers of 17th Festa Intercultural

foto-festa-intercultura-20181The Formentera Council's social welfare office has scheduled a public meeting to organise the island's 17th Festival Intercultural for 8.00pm on Wednesday January 30 in the Casal d'Entitats.

Department chief Vanessa Parellada encouraged islanders to come take part in what she called “an idea sharing session where all are welcome. It doesn't matter if you are a member of a specific association or not; what we want is for people to share the unique qualities about their origins”.

The gathering will serve to establish a working group to get organisation of the April festival off the ground. Last year roughly twenty countries and Spanish regions were represented in the event and, said Parellada, “showcased their gastronomic and cultural heritage—and that, in turn, amounts to the whole island's heritage”.

For more information visit the social welfare office (àrea de Benestar Social) or telephone 971 321 271.

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