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15 years helping foreign-born islanders finesse cultural and social integration

cartell 2021 curs integracioThe Formentera Department of Social Welfare announces open enrolment from 18 to 26 February for the course on social and cultural integration. Classes in this round of the twice yearly course run 4-30 March. Students who complete the course successfully receive a report from the Balearic government accrediting the holder’s efforts towards integration, and classes serve to prepare individuals who take the CCSE citizenship test. Conducted over 20 hours in two weekly sessions, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4.30 to 7.00pm, the course will be held in Formentera’s adult learning centre.

Trumpeting the Consell’s commitment to the integration of foreign-born islanders, FDSW chief Rafael Ramírez described the course as “yet another tool to help people get there”, not to mention “a path to proper handling of administrative paperwork”.

As in October, public health imperatives mean class size will go from 15 to 12, and spaces will be awarded by order of enrolment. Individuals interested in signing up should inquire at the social welfare office by telephone (971.321.271) or email (immigració@conselldeformentera.cat).

Topics covered by course facilitator Dolores Fernández Tamargo will include Spain's constitutional values, human rights and civil liberties, the Balearic Statute of Autonomy, the European Union and gender equality, among others.

16 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Day Centre reopens Monday 15 February

The Formentera Social Welfare Department reports that the Formentera Day Centre (Centre de Dia) will resume activities Monday 15 February with enhanced tier 4 safety regulations in place.

The public health situation forced the island’s care facility for adults to shutter on 4 January. It will reopen Monday now that all attendees and staff have been vaccinated and the mandatory 10- to 15-day wait period has elapsed after second-round jabs were administered on 5 February.

In the interim, targetted care has been available by appointment. Twenty-five of 33 beneficiaries will return on Monday; the remaining eight have opted to stay home.

The full range of recommended safety measures will be observed, with islanders subject to strict checks of hand-washing, body temperature, masks and social distancing. PPE is provided at the centre.

11 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Second instalment of ‘Now more than ever, practice emotional self-care’

cartell 2021 ara mes 1Out now, the second instalment of ‘Now more than ever, practice emotional self-care’ (Ara més que mai, cuidem les nostres emocions) features Elena Lisbona, a nurse and Formentera resident of 17 years with a message that, in trying times such as these, no one should miss. 10 February also marks the release of two new posters from the same ‘Now more than ever’ campaign. The first encourages islanders to take advantage of Formentera’s wealth of outdoor spaces, while the second posits the power of keeping in touch with loved ones through phone calls or online communication.

The materials mark an effort by the Consell de Formentera to drive home an essential message: positive thinking is crucial to emotional wellness, whether it’s our own or that of those around us. With activities often limited in these times of pandemic, ‘Now more than ever’ focuses attention on those activities still available to us.

The clip can be viewed on the Consell de Formentera YouTube page.

Next week will come with the campaign’s third instalment. ‘Now more than ever, practice emotional self-care’ is chiefly promoted via social media and email.

10 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Belén Alvite tackles the teenage years in latest ‘xerrada’

cartell 2021 xerrades iiThis Thursday 11 February from 5.00pm, visitors to the Consell de Formentera’s Facebook page can tune in to Belén Alvite’s presentation of ‘Adolescence: time that matters’. The most recent contributor to the Formentera Social Welfare Department’s ‘Xerrades per a famílies’ (Family Chats), Alvite is also an educator and the director of the Centre for the Study and Prevention of Addictive Behaviour (Cepca).

The talk will include advice for parents, and Alvite asserts she’ll be speaking not only as a professional but also as the mother of two teenage boys. “Sometimes the task of raising, caring for and understanding children feels overwhelming”, she asserts, “and it’s a feeling that’s magnified by increasingly complex times such as these”.

8 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

In rural corners of the island, Consell and Civil Guard step up support for vulnerable

foto 2021 persones vulnerablesThe Consell de Formentera announces that March will come with a new support service for vulnerable individuals, the elderly, dependent persons and female victims of gender violence who live in remote corners of Formentera. Officers on the Civil Guard’s ROCA team will be charged with making periodic home-visits to islanders who requested the service and registered consent with Formentera Social Welfare Department.

The programme featured in discussion earlier in the week when deputy premiere and elderly department chief Ana Juan met with FSWD chair Rafael Ramírez, interior chief Josep Marí, and Captain Francisco Javier López Sacido and Lieutenant Andrés García Valle of the Civil Guard.

Islanders taking part in the programme will continue receiving telephone check-ins from Consell staff in addition to the visits from the Civil Guard. “It’s about making our over-65s feel safer”, insisted Ramírez, who said help from FSWD and the local interior department were also crucial parts of the equation: the former shares its register of vulnerable islanders, and latter provides relevant GPS coordinates so law enforcement officers can locate programme participants. Ramírez praised the Civil Guard’s collaboration, asserting it “brings local government that much closer to islanders”. Captain López, for his part, described ongoing cooperation between the Consell and Civil Guard as “magnificent”.

Participants can expect frequent visits during Civil Guard officers’ once-monthly weeklong stays on Formentera, which are scheduled to start in March. Officers will take advantage of visits to share safety tips as well, like details about the Spanish interior ministry’s AlertCops app to report emergencies quickly and easily. The Civil Guard’s ROCA team is specifically tasked with promoting safety in rural areas.

Throughout February, the Consell’s family specialists who have carried out the telephone check-ins till now will be making a list of islanders keen to participate.

The telephone support service of the Consell de Formentera is for over-65 islanders not otherwise receiving FSWD services. It began in March amid stay-at-home orders and resumed in December.

6 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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