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New round of integration classes for immigrants

xiii-curs-integrci-social-i-cu1The Formentera Council's social welfare department announces that 21-23 October islanders can sign up to take part in the 13th round of social and cultural integration classes. Lessons will be held 5-28 November at the Formentera adult learning centre. Social welfare chief Rafa Ramírez described the course as “tuned to helping newcomers integrate and stay abreast of administrative matters”.

Course content
Space is available for 15, and admission is granted in the order applications are received. Individuals interested in enrolling should visit the social welfare department during normal office hours (àrea de Benestar Social; 9.00am to 2.00pm) and come with either a NIE (foreign-born resident's card) or passport. The twice-weekly lessons —a total of 20 hours of instruction— take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4.30pm to 7.00pm, and are free of charge. Classes are held in the large classroom of the adult education centre, or 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. The courses are aimed at helping students obtain accreditation from the Balearic government attesting to students' will to integrate.

1 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Putting a stop to gender violence

taller-estudiants1The social welfare department of the Consell de Formentera invited year four students at the island's high school, IES Marc Ferrer, to take part in a morning gathering aimed at preventing gender violence. The exercise in improv theatre was led by the ‘Teatre de xoc’ theatre troupe, and was conceived as a more direct, light-hearted and theatre-based approach to reinforcing coeducational and prevention-oriented efforts already under way at the school.

27 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Peace court relocates

jutjat-de-pau1The Consell de Formentera reports that the offices of the Justice of the Peace, or Jutjat de Pau, have been moved to the Department of Social Welfare (Venda des Brolls, 53, Sant Francesc). Regular hours are 9.00am to 1.30pm, though the court offers expanded hours as necessary.

The services historically available at the peace court will remain unchanged, like settlements, handling of notices, citations, requisitions and summons, not to mention delegating specific tasks to third parties, as in the cases of letters rogatory from other courts or tribunals in civil and penal cases. The office also serves as a Civil Registry.

23 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Consell de Formentera unlocks €16k in government aid for seniors, people with disabilities

The Department of Social Welfare of the Consell de Formentera announces that applications are now being accepted for assistance for the elderly and people with disabilities. A total of sixteen-thousand euros is available.

Applicants must be Formentera residents and at least 65 years old or have a minimum 33% degree of disability, among other conditions. Individuals with disabilities receiving care outside Formentera can also apply provided their family unit is officially registered as residing on the island.

An evaluatory committee will be charged with designating the projects to receive assistance. The money is intended to defray costs that might correspond to upgrading a vehicle to make it accessible, paying for eyeglasses, contact lenses, dental prosthetics, hearing aids, hospital beds, rehabilitation (phsyiotherapy, speech therapy), etc.

Applications must be submitted to the Consell de Formentera's Department of Social Welfare, Management and Transparency (conselleria de Benestar Social, Gerència i Transparència) or the Citizen's Information Office by 23 September 2019.

2 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Consell backs Formenterers Solidaris' charitable projects in 2019

foto-signatura-conveni-forment1Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer sat down today with the chair of Formenterers Solidaris, Maria Costa, to sign an agreement between the administration and the local NGO on cooperation projects to support development in developing countries, education and social assistance on the island in 2019.

As part of the deal, the organisation pledges to create and administer cooperation and development projects for developing countries; host lectures, round tables, forums, exhibits and conferences; pay for equipment, material and supplies associated with regular operations; stage food and fundraising drives to collect items to be sent to places in need; administer food packages provided by the Consell de Formentera and support individuals on the island with the most pressing social needs.

The Consell de Formentera pledges €3,000 to meet the costs associated with the actions included in the annual agreement. Social welfare councillor Rafael Ramírez and the organisation's secretary, Teresa Costa, were also present at the signing, which took place 1 August in Consell offices.

2 August 2019
Communication department
Consell de Formentera

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