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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.

'Not going to budge' in war on male violence

foto-concentracio---viole--nci2The Formentera Council reports that at 2.00pm today islanders gathered at Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució to declare their intent to continue the fight on violència masclista, or male perpetrated violence. Deputy chair Susana Labrador, social welfare councillor Vanessa Parellada as well other senior councillors and staff of the administration added their voices to the “Ni una passa enrere” (Not one step backwards) rallying cry. Espai Dones Formentera issued the call to congregate under the slogan No retreat from machismo! Ni una passa enrere! in solidarity with the association's comrades in Andalucía.

Formentera introduces pair of parenting support groups

cartell grup de suportThe Formentera Council's social welfare office is unveiling two “family support groups”—one for parents of three to six year olds and another for children aged six to twelve. Both are free and open to the public, with no need to sign up.

Department head Vanessa Parellada said the initiative was about “teaching families, parents and children alike, to strengthen their parenting skills, part of preventing problematic behaviour like bullying and drugs, and pitching in with some extra help”.

The sessions will be held at Casal d'Entitats. Group one (for parents of children aged three to six) meets 6.00pm to 8.00pm the first Thursday of the month from January 10. Group two (for parents of six to twelve year olds) meets 6.00pm to 8.00pm the last Thursday of the month starting January 24.

The support group will have a two-part focus; According to Vanessa Parellada, "on the one hand, parents will be encouraged to raise their children to support them and guide them, and on the other, tools will be provided to prevent creeping problems from getting out hand". Conflict resolution will be explored in terms of democratic values and the strengthening of social skills with minors.

The family support group will be led by the social educator of the social welfare office and will include occasional collaboration of specialists from assorted fields.

Starting Saturday, Diverespai is back

diverespai-2017This Saturday the Formentera Council’s social welfare office welcomes Diverespai. A play space with activities and inflatable toys for children aged 3 to 12, Diverespai will be on the island December 15-19, Saturday to Wednesday, from 9.30am to 1.30pm and again from 4.00pm to 8.00pm. For three mornings starting December 17 the installation will be reserved for local schools.

Social welfare councillor Vanessa Parellada pointed out that every year “one of the best parts of the Christmas holiday comes right at the start”.

Inflatables and crafts
Diverespai is set up in IES Marc Ferrer secondary school’s sport module and is staffed by a team of 13 youth workers who supervise play. Giant blow-up castles, animals and shapes adorned with staircases, nets and obstacles are arrayed across the park while attendants propose guided play, face-painting and assorted arts and crafts.

Learn through play
“The idea is to fuse learning and fun—using play to fuel imaginations and creativity”, said Parellada. She noted “children are conscious that playing together makes us better at living together” and concluded, “It’s not a bad lesson for the start of the holiday season”.

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