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Seniors’ clubs of Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran reopen this weekend

foto 2021 clubs majorsThe Formentera Retirees’ and Pensioners’ Club (Club de Jubilats i Pensionistes de Formentera) in Sant Francesc and the Seniors’ Social Centre (Centre Social i de Majors) in Sant Ferran will reopen this weekend with complete safety protocol in place. For now, both clubs will open Saturdays and Sundays 4.00pm to 8.00pm.

Seniors’ clubs were among the first facilities to close even before emergency orders were first invoked last year as the pandemic gained force, and Consell de Formentera deputy premiere and chief of office of the eldery Ana Juan welcomed the fact the island’s elders would at last be enjoying their favourite club activities again. “It’s been an extremely difficult, complicated year for everyone, but above all for our seniors. Good news like this was overdue”, said Juan, who pointed out that most old people on the island are either already fully vaccinated or are waiting for their second dose.

Under tier 1 rules in place on Formentera today, senior centres can operate if they keep capacity at 50 per cent. Masks are mandatory at all times, except during the precise moment of eating or drinking, and group activities, restricted to 10 people indoors and 15 people out, respecting an extended safe distance of two metres. Clubs will additionally be equipped with CO2 measuring devices.

Upkeep and upgrades during pandemic
Island services and the department of elderly affairs took advantage of clubs' months-long closure to commission painting, maintenance and repairs. The Sant Ferran centre got a fresh coat of paint inside, along with an upgraded electrical installation and a new awning and upholstery. Interior areas were painted and the kitchen expanded at the Sant Francesc club, with additional minor work in the toilets and new wooden wall hangers. La Mola’s Casa del Poble has been open for the elderly for a few weeks now. For the time being, the Es Cap centre remains closed.

7 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Joana Frigolé unpacks ‘the power of emotions' in latest ‘xerrada’

cartell 2021 xerrades 15 abrilThe Formentera Department of Social Welfare reports that this Thursday 15 April the “Xerrades per a famílies” lecture series returns with a talk from psychologist Joana Frigolé. The event will be broadcast live on the Consell de Formentera Facebook page.

Frigolé, an emotional and couples’ coach, will give a lecture called “The power of emotions: living with the present to create the future”. “These raw, complicated times have shown us our resilience and capacity to face up to reality; the lecture will address things we can do to make life easier and use emotions to our benefit”,  she says.

12 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

13 complete social and cultural integration course offered by Consell de Formentera

foto 2021 curs integYesterday was the last day of class for 13 islanders enrolled in a course on social and cultural integration organised by the Formentera Department of Social Welfare. Hailing from multiple countries of origin, participants attended classes this March at Formentera’s adult learning centre, the current edition marking the 15th round of instruction since the course first began.

After watching diplomas handed out, social welfare councillor Rafael Ramírez applauded students’ effort and interest and pointed out that the regional government-issued certificates of completion would be valid for CCSE citizenship tests and to demonstrate integration during the early phases of a person’s stay in Spain.

This year class size was limited to ensure compliance with Covid-19 safety protocol. Instructor Dolores Fernández Tamargo covered topics including Spanish constitutional values, human rights and civil liberties, the Balearic Statute of Autonomy, the European Union and gender equality, among others.

31 March 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Day Centre reopens

The Formentera Department of Social Welfare reports that the island’s adult day care facility has reopened for normal service today after six staff in close contact with a Covid-19-positive beneficiary tested negative for the disease and completed a mandatory period of isolation. The Formentera Day Centre closed on 25 February following news of the individual’s positive test results, with users and employees of the centre screened wholesale as a result. The screenings came back negative, as did two rounds of PCR tests administered to the close contacts.

Service beneficiaries and staff have all been vaccinated, which reduces the odds of a Covid-19 case becoming serious.

8 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Neuroscience expert David Bueno leads Thursday’s ‘Talks for families’

cartell 2021 11 marcDavid Bueno, doctor of biology and professor and researcher at University of Barcelona, will lead a discussion entitled “Learning from change and uncertainty: a neuroeducational perspective”. Broadcast on the Consell de Formentera Facebook page, the talk is part of the “Talks for families” series hosted by the Formentera Department of Social Welfare. Bueno will trace how the brain adapts to changes in uncertain times and give tips on managing these changes from an educational perspective.

8 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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