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Children’s play area in Sant Ferran to become reality this summer

foto 2021 parc infantilThe Formentera offices of infrastructure and youth services report that work has begun on a new park for children at the juncture of Sant Ferran arterials Carrer Guillem de Montgrí and Carrer Major. The €249,288 project is expected to take four months, with completion scheduled for late June.

Youth services and citizen participation chief Vanessa Parellada welcomed the news that the highly-anticipated play area would soon become a reality, saying, “This is something that kids across the island will be able to enjoy”. The councillor pointed out that the park had received funding after the Consell d’Entitats voted to back the idea as part of Formentera’s Participatory Spending initiative. The original idea came to the league of civic organisations by way of the Sant Ferran Association of Students’ Parents (APIMA), which also took part in the design. “Thanks are in order for all who took part and took time out for the community”, said Parellada.

The 295-square-metre park will include an astroturfed resting area; four freshly planted trees; a wooden platform, pergola and bench, and a play area with rubber flooring. The play area will feature play equipment, a swing set and seasaw. The park will be encircled with blocks of composite cement and a wooden gate and equipped with a drinking fountain and dustbin.

17 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

March Casal de Joves programme kicks off with celebration of Int’l Women’s Day

cartell 2021 iii casalThe Formentera Department of Youth Affairs has unveiled the run of activities it has lined up this March at the island’s youth drop-in centre. Chair of the equality and youth department Vanessa Parellada highlighted the programming surrounding International Women’s Day, 8 March. “We wanted this to serve as a reminder to young people that equality is something we have to fight for. Youth are vital to the struggle, because they represent both our present and our future”, she said.

The activities bill kicks off Wednesday 3 March with “Miss Escaparate”, a documentary that focuses on the absence of females in positions of power and questions the narrow and stigmatised image presented by the media. More in the same vein comes 6 March, when island youth are invited to take part in programming around the Vikingfader-made “mural of the woman” located outside the Casal.

Artistic activities
Also on the bill are artistic activities, like sticker-making 5 and 12 March, a spin art clinic on 10 March, and more spin art fun and freestyle creation with an “Evening of Art” on 13 March.

On 19 March there will be a callisthenics workshop.

On Saturday 20 March, young people can get the run-down on the Beni Trutmann photo contest and find out why they should take part in the smart-phone category.

Interested in online activities? Tune in 17 March for a series of tips about tailoring everyday routines for improved health. Then catch a virtual workshop on make-up 27 March.

And finally, online street dancing classes continue in March from Tuesday to Saturday, 4.30pm to 5.30pm.

3 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Youth centre tailors in-person and virtual activities to Enhanced Tier 4 of Public Health Alert

As Formentera enters Enhanced Tier 4 of public health alert, the Formentera Youth Department reports that activities at the Casal de Joves have been adapted to facilitate compliance with new rules. Staff at the currently open and operational youth drop-in spot came up with targeted protocol in June when the Casal reopened, and since that time visitors have upheld measures in line with the mandates of public health authorities.

With the activation of Tier 4 protocol, the building’s indoor and outdoor capacity was limited to six. That figure remains unchanged as Formentera toggles to the reinforced form of Tier 4, with preference given to outdoor activities and virtual programming. Online activities began under the name «Casal Viral» as stay-at-home orders were first enacted last year.

“Keeping the Casal open is more important than ever”, said FYD chair Vanessa Parellada. She pointed up the current ban on gatherings between individuals from different households and said the Casal was hardly different from schools in that it is a “safe, controlled environment where youth can participate in leisure activities while respecting safety measures”.

Every Wednesday, sometimes in person at the Casal and sometimes online with Casal Viral, youth can catch a film or documentary on wide-ranging topics like feminism or humour in the age of Covid. Next weekend there will be face-to-face workshops on painting and pottery. Masks, social distancing, hand-washing and common sense are all required.

What better occasion than Valentine’s Day to reflect on the importance of teenage love, friendships and affective-sexual relationships (not to mention, adds Parellada, to deconstruct the myth of romantic love)? The Casal’s Valentine’s Day programming takes place 13 February.

Other online activities this February include a contest where participants are encouraged to submit their finest sports-related snapshots, together with an afternoon of monologues. The Casal de Joves opens from 4.00pm to 9.00pm, Tuesday to Saturday. The closing time was brought forward at the start of Tier 4 orders to facilitate compliance with the curfew from 10.00pm to 6.00pm.

1 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Casal de Joves unveils January programme

cartell 2020 casal de joves generThe Formentera Youth Department shared the activities programme today for the local youth drop-in centre. Vanessa Parellada seized the occasion to wish island youth a happy 2021 — which Casal de Joves staff and youngsters will be kicking off “enthusiastically with a flurry of activities, despite the situation”.

Details from the Casal:

For “Arts and crafts with recycled items” on Saturday the 9th, we’ll use our hands to make, learn and change the world.

Two tournaments —table tennis and foosball— are scheduled for 16 and 22 December, respectively. The events are open to islanders between 10 and 26 years old, regardless of skill or interest level.

On Friday the 15th we’ll cover our eyes and play, reactivating both senses and empathy, for a “blind gymkhana”.

Face facts: construction is under way on the new skatepark, and island youth skate. On Saturday the 23rd we’ll host a workshop on skating for beginners and pros.

Reservations are required for all activities and can be made at the Casal or via email at casal@conselldeformentera.cat.

Other programming —Wednesday night movies, for example— remains unchanged. Dance will resume in February.

Activities have been tailored to ensure compliance for Covid-19 safety protocol.

28 December 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Casal de Joves unveils December programme

cartell 2020xii Casal de JovesEarlier today the Formentera Youth Department announced details about the activities lined up next month at the island’s youth drop-in centre. Councillor Vanessa Parellada told local youngsters to expect a renewed focus on awareness building this December, and encouraged youth to set time aside for Casal de Joves Christmas celebrations as well.

Programming will run the gamut, with activities on Tuesday 2 December commemorating International Functional Diversity Day (3 December); a Thursday workshop where participants can craft their own reflex-stimulators and a Friday mic-less karaoke session.

Christmas holidays
Day-one of Christmas holiday preparations on 11 December comes with an open invitation to help decorate the Casal for the yuletide season. As part of a Secret Santa on 16 December, participants are encouraged to give gifts made from recycled materials.

On 19 December the fun is at Es Cap football pitch, where youth are invited to join a mixed match. Participants are asked to reserve in advance.

Wednesdays at the Casal are film days and this month is no exception. On 23 December the 13+ street dancers that meet 4.30pm to 5.30pm every week from Tuesday to Saturday will screen a demo video recorded by the group. The December programme concludes on the 29th with a FIFA 2020 competition.

Covid-19 safety measures will be in place at all events.

27 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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