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Consell de Formentera facilitates internet access for pupils with online coursework

The Consell de Formentera has handed out cards enabling a telephone-based internet connection to pupils who need the digital resource to continue their studies. Thirty-two families responded to a related offer by the local social welfare office to request the service. With Formentera’s Department of New Technologies overseeing logistics, the Vodafone telecom company donated 50 connection cards facilitating free internet access to school children. To request one of the remaining 18 cards still available, islanders are encouraged to send an email to benestarsocial@conselldeformentera.cat or telephone 971 32 12 71.

The Consell also helped deliver computers and other digital equipment to schools where pupils without a home internet connection were given the chance to request the material on loan. Meanwhile, the education office proposed guidance to families that opted for the service. The aim of the initiatives is to give pupils a way to follow classes online while the Covid-19 crisis prevents a return to the classroom. The Consell de Formentera wishes to applaud the work of the Civil Protection volunteers responsible for distribution.

26 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

‘Talks for families and teachers’ closes with Estela Berenguer on “Formentera es queda a casa”

cartell v2020 xerradesThe Formentera Department of Social Welfare reports that social educator and family mediator Estela Berenguer will wrap up the lecture series ‘Xerrades per a famílies i docents’ (Talks for families and teachers) by unpacking the debate on punishments and rewards. “Recompenses i càstigs en polèmica” will air live on the Formentera es queda a casa Facebook page at 5.00pm on Thursday 21 May.

Thursday’s lecture concludes the nine-part series that began 10 October and which social welfare conseller Rafael Ramírez described as “a place to learn and share knowledge and experience with professionels about topics related to our children’s education”. “In the space of a year the number of lectures has jumped from five to nine, nearly doubling”, said Ramírez, who offered that, for the Formentera Department of Social Welfare, the aim of the initiative is “give families tools for tackling these issues”.

The FDSW-sponsored series received extra help from the island’s office of education, teachers’ resource centre and federation of parents.

19 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Donated masks for workers and islanders

foto mascaretes endesa2The Consell de Formentera fire brigade received a donation of 500 FFP2-rated masks from Endesa. The protective gear will be distributed on the island, including to staff of the social welfare department, firefighters and local law enforcement.

The Magniflex company, whose owners have close ties to the island, additionally donated one thousand single-use masks to the local government. They are currently being handed out to islanders.

The Consell de Formentera has created a team of information agents, or informadors, who are stationed street-side in the main towns of the island to get residents up to speed on the latest news and guidelines.

14 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Amid Covid-19 crisis, Consell offers mental-health support

The Formentera Department of Social Welfare announces the rollout of a new helpline offering psychological support during the Covid-19 crisis. Its creators see the service as a first line of mental-health assistance for individuals in situations of distress linked to the pandemic.

Department chief Rafael Ramírez said the aim of the service was “to give islanders a helping hand as we return to normalcy”. “We must realise that the pandemic has already taken a considerable emotional toll on the people of the island”, said the conseller.

A psychologist is available to give individuals guidance as they deal with emotional and relational troubles like anxiety, depression, family conflicts and increased use of alcohol, tobacco or other substances as a result of confinement.

The service can be accessed by scheduling an appointment over the phone (971 32 12 71) or via email (benestarsocial@conselldeformentera.cat).

7 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Cemetery open

foto cementeri Sant FrancescThe Formentera Department of Social Welfare reports that the Sant Francesc cemetery has opened anew for its normal operating hours, Monday through Sunday, from 9.00am to 9.00pm.

In addition, per the latest ministerial orders on vigils and burials during phase 1 of confinement easing, public and private wakes are now permitted whether facilities are open air (up to 15 mourners) or enclosed (no more than 10).

Participation in funeral processions is limited to 15 individuals. These can be family members, close relations and a representative of a religious institution overseeing funeral rites.

The Consell reminds islanders that, in the interest of Covid-19 prevention, hygiene and safe, two-metre social distancing measures must still be respected.

5 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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