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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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Eleven complete training and support programme for local employment

foto 2023iii ocupacio laboralThe Office of Entrepreneurship and Office of Social Welfare of the Consell de Formentera are spearheading a new programme to provide 11 islanders with training and employment support.

SOIB Orientació Plus aims to improve the professional profiles of the most vulnerable groups, particularly the long-term unemployed. In training, participants have completed 120 hours of guidance and support activities, both individually and in groups. For example, they deployed job search techniques at the Enterprise and Employment Fair, practised teamwork and personal development, prepared for the official Catalan courses, and undertook basic IT training and workshops in leadership, customer service and more. The students are currently completing a 200-hour A1-level English course which will end in June.

As Rafael Ramírez, social welfare councillor, put it, "with this programme the administration has supported participants on a personalised path to facilitate their incorporation into the job market". The councillor also pointed out that individuals who complete the programme will receive a grant of €1,800.

29 March 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

21 countries and regions participate in Intercultural Festival this Sunday in Plaça d'Europa

The Office of Social Welfare of the Consell de Formentera, together with the Intercultural Festival Association, is pleased to present the 18th Intercultural Festival of Formentera to be held Sunday 2 April, from 12.30pm, in Plaça d'Europa in Es Pujols.

In the words of Rafael Ramírez, social welfare councillor, "the Intercultural Festival is part of the Formentera Intercultural project, which was designed as a space for reflection and integration around migration, and which we have brought back after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic". Councillor Ramírez called the Intercultural Festival "the best example of our island's interculturalism".

Argentina, Morocco, Italy, Indonesia, Ecuador, Andalusia, Bolivia, Galicia, Formentera, Catalonia, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Germany, Castilla y León, Dominican Republic, Valencia, Romania, Cuba, California (USA) and Brazil will participate in this year's festival, giving islanders the chance to travel round the world.

From 12.30pm until 6.30pm, children and young people can enjoy a variety of activities and workshops including bouncy castles, traditional and world games, a hamabeads workshop, the wishing tree, bookmark- and world flag badge-making and, to finish, a holi party.

From 2.00pm to 3.30pm, attendees will be able to taste the typical cuisine of each of the participating countries and regions: from Venezuelan arepas and Formentera's famous frita de matances to Romanian sarmale (exquisite meat-stuffed cabbage rolls), Italian lasagne and much more. It will be a true spectacle of smells and flavours.

From 2.45pm, local groups will liven things up with a batucada drum performance, Cuban salsa music, a bagpipe performance and other music and dance. Afterwards, Timba Tumbet will have the crowd dancing with a repertoire encompassing the cha-cha, cumbia, Cuban son, boleros and bugalú. To crown the musical programme, singer Lia Kali will perform original R&B, soul, rap and trap songs from her first album.

Reducing waste
In a first for the festival, to cut down on waste, QR codes posted around the venue will mean festival-goers can see the full programme on their phone. Participants in the tasting portion of the Intercultural Festival must purchase "cheques" (€5 for adults and €3 for children) which entitle the holder to biodegradable cutlery. Even still, islanders are encouraged to bring plates and cutlery from home. Water fountains will be available on the premises.

28 March 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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Moha Gerehou discusses racism at Casa del Poble

Anti-racist outreach expert Moha Gerehou will give an open talk on racism Thursday 30 March at 8.00pm at La Mola's Casa del Poble. The event is included in the Formentera Intercultural activities programme. On Friday, Gerehou will give another talk to local students of years five and six at 11.00am in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

28 March 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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"La bici de la Lola", a book to prevent child sexual abuse

The Office of Social Welfare of the Consell de Formentera, in collaboration with Bellaterra publishing, has put out a book aimed at preventing child sexual abuse. La bici de la Lola, created by Alba Barbé and Laia Pibernat with illustrations by Judit Piella, will be presented this Friday in the Consell de Formentera auditorium (sala de plens) at 7.00pm.

According to Rafael Ramírez, social welfare councillor, "children's books have proven to be an excellent tool to educate kids about sexual abuse, and the Consell de Formentera took the project forward with this goal in mind".

Additionally, the authors will lead an activity in Formentera classrooms to prevent child sexual abuse: a training session for primary years four, five and six on 12 and 13 June.

Stories, a very simple strategy and appropriate to children's level of psychological development, enable teaching about what sexual abuse is, how it manifests and how to catch it in time. It is therefore important for parents and educators to be alert to tell-tale signs of sexual abuse. But, to prevent them, they must also learn how to detect these types of situations.

According to the World Health Organization, one in five children are victims of sexual violence. In Spain, 20% to 25% of girls and 10% to 15% of boys are sexually abused (Maria Lameiras, 2008).

28 March 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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