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Formentera families and students learn to prevent screen addiction

foto 2023iv pantallesThe Office of Social Welfare of the Consell de Formentera is spearheading various actions at local schools as part of the island's plan on substances, screens and games.

Last week families of zero- to three-year-olds at Sa Miranda and Sant Ferran nurseries, as well as those of zero- to six-year-olds at Virgen Milagrosa school, were invited to a newly launched series of talks. Plans are in place to hold these workshops in the island's early childhood education centres as well. Participants explore possible consequences of screen use and receive tools to make sure screen-equipped devices are used properly.

Years one and three at Marc Ferrer secondary school have already taken part in 50-minute workshops on critical thinking and screens.

The next instalment of Talks for Families and Teachers (Xerrades per a families i docents) will also centre on screens. Marta Prada, family educator of positive discipline and Montessori guide, will discuss "Educating without screens", 20 April at 5.00pm in the Consell de Formentera plenary hall (sala de plens).

4 April 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera Intercultural culminates with presentation of Ibrahim Bah's book and the play 'El Rey del Gurugú'

After three weeks of cultural, fun and educational activities, Formentera Intercultural, a project of the Office of Social Welfare of the Consell de Formentera, is culminating with two days of literature and theatre. Tuesday at 8.00pm in the Casa del Poble, Ibrahim Bah will present his book "Tres días en la arena", an account of his migratory journey, and share with attendees a videotaped performance.

The programme ends Wednesday 5 April with the play "El Rey del Gurugú" and a final colloquium with Bah in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema). The first session, at 11.00am, is for pupils at IES Marc Ferrer and the second, at 8.00pm, for the general public.

3 April 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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Red Cross arrives on Formentera

foto 2023iv creu roja A-The Consell has turned over a space so the NGO can develop its activity on the island

Today Ana Juan, president of the Consell de Formentera; Manuel Marín, president of the Red Cross of Eivissa and Formentera, and Rafael Ramírez, social welfare councillor, presented the organisation's first office on the island — a space provided by the island administration. Josep Marí, interior councillor, and Elena Cabrera, secretary of the Red Cross, attended the presentation as well.

As she handed over the keys to the office, President Juan voiced her "satisfaction at being able to offer a local space to the entity that performs fundamental humanitarian work with migrants and other volunteer services for islanders". The president applauded "work being carried out by the Office of Social Welfare to improve the provision of services on Formentera".

As Councillor Ramírez pointed out, "we have always worked in coordination with the Red Cross, which, besides assuring an online support service for the island, provides basic necessities for migrants arriving on Formentera's shores. With the organisation now physically present on the island, we will be able to improve support for the most vulnerable groups".

Manuel Marín praised the Consell for offering up the space and affirmed that "the facilities will mean the Red Cross can start its social and support work on the island; initially, offering humanitarian aid to people arriving on the coast, but with the aim of gradually implementing the rest of the organisation's own social programmes and projects, such as activities with the elderly, activities to empower vulnerable women and activities focused on children and young people". The organisation's hours on the island will be Tuesday and Thursday from 10.00am to 1.00pm.

1 April 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Onze alumnes completen el Curs d'integració social i cultural per a estrangers del Consell de Formentera

foto 2023iii curs integracioYesterday 11 students from Colombia, Ecuador and France completed the final session of the Office of Social Welfare's 19th Social and Cultural Integration Course. Rafael Ramírez, social welfare councillor, presented participants with diplomas and applauded their "interest and resolve". The Social and Cultural Integration Course helps participants secure an integration report from the Balearic Government and preparation for the CCSE citizenship test.

31 March 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Applications for renters' assistance accepted from tomorrow

The Office of Housing of the Consell de Formentera is pleased to report that aid for individuals with monthly rental payments of up to €1200 has been announced in the Official Gazette of the Balearic Islands (BOIB). The Consell has allocated €70,000 for this call. Interested parties have 15 working days from tomorrow, i.e. until 25 April, to apply for the assistance through the Citizen Information Office (OAC) and Virtual Citizen Information Office (OVAC). Complete details, terms and conditions will also be published on the Consell de Formentera website. As Rafael Ramírez, housing councillor, pointed out, "this is the first legislature in the history of the Consell in which rental subsidies have been offered".

Councillor Ramírez emphasised that the Consell de Formentera's Housing Office, located in the Office of Social Welfare, "is available to facilitate access to this assistance and answer any questions". Appointment can be scheduled by e-mail at habitatge@conselldeformentera.cat and by telephone at 971 32 10 87.

The assistance will cover a maximum of 12 months and be calculated for the period from 1 January to 31 December 2022.

30 March 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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