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First stone laid in build of Formentera's funeral parlour, the 'tanatori'

Foto primera pedra tanatoriCiF president Jaume Ferrer and Vanessa Parellada, the island's chief of social welfare, kicked off construction of Formentera's tanatori. The project will get under way next week and is on track to be completed within eight months.

President Ferrer said he was pleased to take part, symbolically, as the build of the “essential local resource” gets under way. He called Formentera's actual funeral parlour obsolete, and incapable of meeting even the minimum standards to comfortably administer the "critical service”.

Meanwhile, Secretary Parellada pledged the upgrade would mean being able to bid farewell to loved ones with dignity. The tanatori, she said, will also be a place for civil memorial services.

Location and characteristics
The future funeral home will be located beside Sant Francesc's municipal cemetery, and within an area that comprises the island's hospital, elderly care centre and future assisted-living residence. The 460-square-metre (m2) installation will include:

Receiving lounge (90m2) serving as an entry hall, waiting area and ceremony space.
Two 40m2 halls for viewing ceremonies.
Autopsy gallery (52m2).
Store shed and parking area (80m2).
Office space (24m2)
Public washrooms (15m2)

Hermanos Parrot and Tecopsa will take on the project, for which they will be paid €660,690.30, as UTE 7 Tanatorio. Xavier Pallejà is the project's architect.

Also at the ceremony were Formentera's representative in Palma, Sílvia Tur, CiF vice-president Susana Labrador, infrastructure secretary Rafael González, sports secretary Jordi Vidal, local PSOE reps Ana Juan and Rafael Ramírez and Compromís spokeswoman Cristina Costa.

From next week, open enrolment in integration course

Curs dintegracio i reforc 2017The Formentera Council's Office of Social Welfare wishes to announce that from Monday, October 23, to Monday, November 6, enrolment will begin for the Council's course on social and cultural integration, now in its ninth year. The course is held twice annually, once in November and again in March. This round of classes will begin November 7 and finish the 30th.

Space is available for 15 and individuals interested in enrolling are asked to inquire at the social welfare office. A valid ID (temporary residence card [NIE] or passport) is required for registration. Conducted over 20 hours in two weekly sessions, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4.30 to 7.00pm, the course will be held in the large classroom of the school for adults and be led by Dolores Tamargo.

Topics covered will include Spain's constitutional values, human rights and civil liberties, the Balearic Statute of Autonomy, the European Union and gender equality, among others. Aimed at familiarising students with the various subjects and helping them obtain the associated accreditation, the classes are mainly geared towards immigrants, particularly those wishing to renew their residence permit, prepare for the CCSE citizenship test or demonstrate integration during the early phases of their stay in Spain.

Council unveils programme of events for World Breast Cancer Awareness Day

foto presentacio aeccSocial welfare secretary Vanessa Parellada and Pepita Gabaldar, president of Formentera's chapter of the Spanish Cancer Association (AECC), met today to present details about Thursday's World Breast Cancer Awareness Day. A press conference about the programme of events October 19 was held at 12 noon in the hall of ceremonies of the Formentera Council's central office.

The day of the event, AECC will staff an outreach table in Sant Francesc's central square, plaça de la Constitució. Then, participants of a charity walk to fight the disease will set out on Saturday, October 21, at 4.00pm from the fishermen's wharf in la Savina, el Moll de Pescadors. Today, tomorrow and Thursday, signups to take part in the walk, plus T-shirt sales, will be held at Antoni Blanc sport centre. A total of 250 people have already pledged to walk, of 400 spaces available.

Furthermore, all are invited on Saturday, November 4, to an AECC fundraising dinner at Es Pujols' Caminito restaurant. Reservations for the meal, which costs €45, can be made by calling 670 291 414 or 636 514 596. There will be music and a raffle giveaway of gifts donated by local businesses. Gabaldar thanked all those establishments that took part in the effort.

Oncological psychology
Secretary Parellada highlighted the hard work of Formentera AECC since the chapter's founding in 2015. Since December of that year, an oncological psychologist has offered cancer sufferers and their families care that focusses on the emotional, psychological and social components of treatment.

On hand at this morning's presentation, the staff specialist in charge of the service, Pablo Rodríguez, put the number of people helped to date at between 30 and 40. Appointments are available Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Formentera hospital. Also with support from AECC, a social worker who is also a cancer specialist has provided a weekly support service for the last three months in the Casal d'Entitats.

This autumn/winter on Formentera, continuing education is back

Foto curs ceramicaThe Formentera Council wishes to present its catalogue of adult-education courses and workshops. The goal is to offer a wide variety to meet the educational and recreational demand generated by citizens resident on the island.

The offer is divided as follows:

Art and Creation
Year after year, there is a training offer in art workshops, such as the creation and painting workshop by Teresa Matilla, wood carving by Aaron Keydar and ceramics given by Remedios Castillo and Silvia Jobani. These courses begin in November and end in March.

As a new feature, this year Catalina Juan Verdera will offer a workshop of embroidery and punto canario that will unfold November to March. All information and signups from next Monday, September 25, at the Citizen's Information Office (OAC).

Photography and digital edition
Given its good reception, this year it is repeated the beginners course in Photoshop to learn the basic tools of this indispensable image retouching program. The course taught by Sergio Torres will take place during the month of February.

The other new draw of the year will be the beginners' and advanced courses of digital photography Jose Antonio Arribas. Both courses will be intensive and will have a theoretical and practical component, which will allow students to learn different photographic techniques inside and outside the classroom. This course is aimed at all those who want to get the most out of their camera or work in-depth with different photographic disciplines. For all the details and to register also from next Monday, September 25 at the OAC.

Performing arts
Concerning performing arts, the Espai_F cultural association with its Theater Classroom has organized, on the one hand, the theatrical interpretation workshop for adults, imparted by Àngels Escandell and Miquel Costa and, on the other band, the dance and movement workshop run by Valeria Del Vecchio.

Both workshops will be held from November to April. In addition, Espai_F also organizes this year the creative writing workshop. This workshop will be held at the Casa del Pueblo de la Mola and will last for 20 hours. All the information and inscriptions on these courses can be found at the Casa del Pueblo de la Mola or at the email info.espaifrumentaria@gmail.com.

Training courses
The social welfare office organizes courses for unemployed people. This year there is a course in socio-sanitary care for dependent people in social institutions that will be held from mid-October to February. And the course in social and cultural integration that happens twice a year, in November and March. To get more info and to learn how to register, visit the social welfare office (àrea de Benestar Social).

Body and mind
As every year, the Council also offers a yoga course, taught by Susanne Laier. The course begins in November and ends in April and the classes will take place at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) and the Sant Ferran de ses Roques primary school. For details on it, including information on how to register, visit the OAC from September 25.

In addition, the Casa del Poble de la Mola offers a series of workshops dedicated to sport and health, such as tai-chi, pilates, maintenance gymnastics, yoga, meditation and dance workshops. All the workshops will begin in November. For information and inscriptions interested parties can go directly to the Casa del Pueblo de la Mola.

Language courses
Aspiring language learners will this year find courses in Catalan, Italian and English. Free Catalan courses will be provided by the Council's language service, at levels A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. Signups run September 25 to October 11 in ​​the culture office of the Formentera Council. The courses begin on October 16, and the end of the course will be adapted to the call for official tests scheduled for January and February 2017.

There will also be English courses, given by Nancy McConachie, and from Italian, given by Rodolfo Taccheo. English classes begin January in the afternoon, and they offer a basic level and an advanced level. And Italian courses start in January, in the morning, and offer a basic and advanced level. Registration of these language courses can also be done at the OAC.

Traditional activities workshops
This year, the Sant Ferran retirees' club will also offer courses and workshops exploring traditional activities. In this way, anyone who wants can be applied in the sewing workshops, or learn to chain chairs, to make baskets or to spool. In addition, there is also a course for cooking, sandwich making and a practical course to learn to wear traditional clothing, mainly aimed at dance groups. These courses have the collaboration of the Heritage office of the Formentera Council.

All courses start in November. For more information, those interested can contact the retirees' club.

Pre-enrollment will open on September 25.

For workshops that begin in November, such as ceramics, painting and wood carvings, the registration can be done until October 20. For English and Italian courses, which begin in January, the registration will be open until December 15. With regard to the Photoshop course that takes place in February, those interested can register until January 15.

Leisure programmes for youth in Sant Ferran

Foto animacio joventut sant ferranThis July and August, the Formentera Council's Office of Social Welfare is working on a way to take culture, sports and recreation to playground audiences. Since September of last year, the programme has seen the Council partner with the administration of Sant Ferran's primary school to stage activities for young children and teens on school grounds.

As part of the partnership, the Council enlists staff to open the play park and sports fields in the Sant Ferran school courtyard for the town's youngsters. Two monitors keep watch every afternoon from Monday to Saturday, giving structure to matches of football, ping-pong, basketball and badminton and overseeing children's games, film screenings, workshops and cycling outings.

Department secretary Vanessa Parellada pointed to soaring use and attendance as proof of the popularity of the service. It will run through winter, although hours will be tweaked according to changes in the timetable of the school's on-site municipal library.

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