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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.

Invitation for bids to construct Formentera's funeral parlour

The Formentera Council's Office of Social Welfare has announced the start of competitive bidding to build the island's municipal funeral services. Notice was placed in the official bulletin of the Balearic Islands (BOIB) on Saturday, July 1. Interested firms have 26 business days from the ad's publication to submit bids.

The Formentera Council is the arm of government authorised to grant contracts for construction of such services. The project has got a €664,000 budget (VAT included) and must be completed in eight months. The funeral parlour will be located beside the cemetery on the plot where the island's dependent persons' care centre and future residence for the elderly is located.

The Council's chief of social welfare expressed her expectation the building, which she called “a crucial part of local infrastructure,” would be ready in less than a year. “Formentera's residents deserve a quality, responsive service,” she added, “and I hope the facilities here will be equipped to provide that”.

The 388-square-metre space, complete with four viewing rooms and a special practice space for professionals, will also include a space for loved ones to gather and bid farewell to their departed.

Information for bidders can be found on the Formentera Council website in the section “perfil de contractant” and at the following link: http://www.consellinsulardeformentera.cat/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=177%3Aexposicio-publica-projectes&id=4802%3A2017-05-05-10-55-04&lang=ca.

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