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Cepca offers support

The Formentera Department of Social Services reports that the Centre for the Study and Prevention of Addictive Behaviour (Cepca) will begin a phone-based support service for Formentera and Eivissa families from Monday 30 March. Coordinated by Cepca director Belén Alvite, the service goes beyond dealing with possible addiction issues to address situations of conflict that may arise during confinement. Any interested local families should call 971 32 33 35 between 9.00am and 2.00pm, to receive over-the-phone support from a staff specialist.

27 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Help for victims of gender-based violence

cartell 2020 viogen covidThe Consell de Formentera wishes to direct a message to female victims of gender-based violence: you may be isolated given the state of alarm, but you are not alone. A still-operational help desk for female victims can be reached at 971321271 or by sending an email to violenciagenere@conselldeformentera.cat.

And, the Balearic Institute for Women, Ibdona, has a 24-hour hotline at 971178989. 112 is additionally available for emergencies, as is 016 for general information. Judges will continue hearing charges of gender-based violence and issuing restraining orders and other measures to protect children.

26 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Amid health crisis, Formentera pledges to care for most vulnerable

foto 2020 serveis socials2The Consell de Formentera reports that, amid the recently declared state of alarm in view of the health crisis, the Municipal Social Services Centre (CMSS) has adopted measures to guarantee the safety of the island’s most vulnerable populations, particularly seniors with limited autonomy. Since the day of the declaration, department professionals have been working to ensure the continuity of care and basic social assistance for not only at-risk individuals and families, but the island as a collective.

In accordance with the local decree on work organisation and minimum services, the following CMSS-related minimum services will hereby be guaranteed:
-At-home care
-Support for victims of gender violence
-Support for at-risk minors
-Mortuary services

In coordination with an array of stakeholders, CMSS is working to retool services so basic social support can be maintained while modulating aspects like type, degree and frequency. Case-by-case reviews have been performed to see how best to offer needed support to islanders, be they beneficiaries of at-home care, recipients of care at the adult day centre, or others, and whether the support is in personal hygiene, food and medication delivery or otherwise.

For Formentera at large, CMSS is also giving families and individual islanders emergency benefits to help cover basic needs like food and personal hygiene and cleaning products. Islanders can call CMSS’s 24-hour emergency hotline for help and resources in cases of gender violence.

CMSS is already in touch with most at-risk persons and families on the island, and is asking not just agencies and services such as law enforcement and healthcare providers but the island as a whole to pass along our contact information to anyone, particularly the elderly, in need of support.

The entire CMSS staff is available or on call to guarantee minimum services even as ministry recommendations and instructions to ensure the safety of staff and islanders are respected. CMSS applauds the efforts of staff and the responsibility they have demonstrated in recent days.

Lastly, with the exception of minimum services, in-person visits at CMSS have been temporarily suspended and support is only available over the phone or by email.

Tel 971 32 12 71

20 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera and Espai Dones team up to further equality and tackle gender violence

foto 2020 conveni Espai DoneThe president and equality chief of the Consell de Formentera, Alejandra Ferrer and Vanessa Parellada, respectively, were joined today by Maria Dolores Fernández Tamargo, director of the group Espai Dones, in putting their signatures on a collaborative agreement unlocking €3,000 to promote equality and prevent gender violence on the island in 2020.

Espai Dones pledges to develop programming to promote and enrich the struggle to win gender equality and prevent gender violence. To get there, the group will pilot educational programmes concentrating on equality and women’s rights.

3 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Open enrolment for 2 April workshop on volunteering

cartell-2020-formacio---voluntThe Formentera Department of Social Welfare reports that islanders with a mind toward volunteering can now sign up for a special clinic set to take place 2 April at the Casal d’Entitats.

Geared towards volunteer groups and regular people alike, the training session will be led by staff experts from the Balearic Islands Platform for Volunteering (Plataforma del Voluntariat) in cooperation with the Govern balear. A specially-tuned session for groups and team leaders will happen first, Thursday 2 April from 11.00am to 1.00pm, focusing on guidelines in effect since November 2019 governing volunteer work. Then, from 3.00pm to 6.00pm, a course in basic volunteer training will offer normal folks an overview of what to expect, unpacking details about the volunteer groups that are out there, the rules to remember and the resources that are out there.

Formentera’s Department of Social Welfare encourages all islanders, whether already affiliated with a specific association or simply curious about starting out, to come out for the gathering.

Attendees must register in advance by visiting the Formentera Department of Social Welfare and www.plataformavoluntariat.org, sending an email to formacio@plataformavoluntariat.org and phoning toll-free 900 100 979.

2 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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