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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

8 students complete thirteenth Social and Cultural Integration Course

curs-2019-integracio--jpClasses recently ended for a group of eight students enrolled in a Department of Social Welfare-backed course on social and cultural integration held this November at the island's adult learning centre. Chief of social welfare Rafa Ramírez gave students their accreditory diplomas yesterday, for coursework ranging from topics like Spain's constitutional values, human rights and civil liberties, the Balearic Statute of Autonomy, the European Union and gender equality, among others. The twice yearly course is designed to help participants prepare for the CEE citizenship test or demonstrate integration during the early phases of their stay in Spain.

28 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Formentera pushes education, awareness

dia-discapacitatjpFormentera's social welfare office will host an array of educational and awareness-building initiatives for International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December. The action starts Sunday the 1st with a charity walk, and culminates on Wednesday the 4th with the island's second “Disability Awareness Day” (Jornada sobre Discapacitat).

The programme is sponsored by Eivissa-Formentera Residents with Special Needs (Apneef); Pau Mayans Association for the Integration of Individuals with ASD (Apmitea); the Formentera chapter of the Spanish Cancer Association (Aecc); the local chapter of the Association for Chemical Sensitivity, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Other Illnesses (Asqsfcfa), and the Pine Islands Group for Educational and Social Inclusion (Apies).

Social welfare conseller Rafa Ramírez welcomed the participation and collaboration of the event's sponsoring groups, not to mention “their crucial work to integrate people with disabilities across society”. Ramírez invited the whole island to join the educational and awareness-building effort, where organisers hope will give visibility to locally-based initiatives.

The following activities are scheduled in the days ahead:

Fundraising walk and benefit festival
At 11.00am on 1 December, participants in the third Caminada Solidària will set out from Jardí de ses Eres on a two-kilometre circuit. Participants can enjoy light snacks once the walk ends, at 12 noon. An adapted wheelchair is also available for individuals with reduced mobility who wish to take part in the walk.

From 8.00pm, the music school band and María José Cardona will perform in a charity festival in the Sala de Cultura. Admission is free. The festival will be presented by Miquel Costa and Carles Batlle. The festival will feature a screening of Iván Hermés’ Disminuir el paso, a film which included the participation of 11 young people with disabilities from the fitness group ANDE Soria. The initiative also enjoyed the support of both the Formentera and Soria film festivals.

Cinema and round-table at Ràdio Illa
On 2 and 3 December from 12 noon to 2.00pm, Wonder, a film by the students of Marc Ferrer High School, will be shown in the Sala de Cultura-Cinema. All December long, a short film aimed at raising awareness about disabilities will run before normal Friday and Sunday programming.

Also, on 2 and 5 December from 10.00am to 10.45am, professionals and family members of individuals with disabilities will gather for another round-table discussion hosted by Ràdio Illa.

Info stand and vending
From 11.00am to 1.00pm on 3 December, groups will set up information booths in Plaça de la Constitució, where items crafted by users of the dependent care facility will be available for sale.

Formentera's second Day for Disabilities
On Wednesday, 4 December, numerous professionals from Eivissa and Formentera will be in the conference from of the dependent care centre for the second Disability Awareness Day. The gathering begins at 9.15am and finishes at 2.00pm.

The programme is as follows:

-9.15am Welcome. Social welfare, administration and transparency chief Rafael Ramírez gives an overview of the day's programme.

-9.30am Determining disability, with Javier González Granados, notary registered with the Notaries Society of the Balearic Islands.

-10.30am New projects and services of the Pine Islands Families of Individuals with Mental Disorders (Apfem). Carmen Córdoba, head of adult service agreements.

-11.00am Presentation by the Eivissa chapter of Mothers of Individuals in the Balearics with Disabilities (Amadiba). Marian Vives, head of the group's family and social care division.

-11.30am Break

-12 noon Formentera's pilot scheme for employability, with Nuria Alandes Mira, chair of Apmitea.

-12.30pm Benefits and public resources for people with disabilities, with Rocío Nemesio Pablos, social worker at Apneef.

-1.00pm Round-table discussion

-1.45pm Closing

28 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

‘Recreation or addiction?’ Alba García sizes up Fortnite for latest instalment of ‘Xerrades per a famílies i docents’

This Thursday, 28 November, psychologist Alba García will be at the centre of the third xerrada, or “chat”, in a nine-part series for families and teachers hosted by Formentera’s Department of Social Welfare with support from the teachers’ resource centre, or CEP. The lecture kicks off at 5.00pm in the Centre de Dia conference room, and daycare will be available for children 3 and up.

The “Chats for families and teachers” series started in October and will conclude on 7 May.

26 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Commission on Gender Violence holds first meeting of legislative term

The social welfare department of the Consell de Formentera reports that on Tuesday, 19 November, the Commission on Gender Violence (Comissió de Violència Masclista) convened its first meeting of the current legislative term, reasserting its commitment to defining a gender violence protocol.

At its core, the commision aims to improve assistance for women and children who have been victims of abuse, honing coordination between the various actors involved in responding to gender violence, and building an operational network around existing data-sharing resources and knowledge transfer.

Attendees of the gathering pledged to produce a response protocol by 2020, agreeing to reconvene three times over the year, in addition to reaching out to different stakeholders in an effort to shape acting protocols internally. Also up for discussion was the State Covenant (Pacto de Estado) on gender violence. Signed by every political party with representation in the Spanish parliament, the document calls for special budget allocations for programmes aimed at eradicating gender violence.

So, in combating gender violence, the commission banks on a collaborative approach to ensure quality care for affected women and children.

Eliminating violence against women is everyone’s business. It must be a common cause, one that takes individual action as well as finely-tuned collaboration and cooperation between all parts and strategies that are crosscutting, multidisciplinary and integrated. Launched by the social welfare arm of the Consell de Formentera in 2016, the Commission on Gender Violence has a diverse fleet of members representing social services, equality, health, education, the criminal justice system and law enforcement.

25 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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