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This Friday at Casal d'Entitats, training session for aspiring volunteers

cartell-cursos-voluntariat-22-1The social welfare office of the Consell de Formentera reports that this Friday, 22 November, the Casal d'Entitats will host a training workshop for local volunteers.

The instruction will be guided by employees of the Balearic Islands government, and is intended for volunteer groups as well as individuals interested in lending a hand. The session for groups takes place Friday, from11.30am to 1.30pm, and will offer insight into new rules that came with the passing of legislation on volunteer work in the Balearics. Individual volunteers will congregate from 3.00pm to 7.00pm, for a session that is designed as basic training for people hoping to develop a better understanding of how volunteering works, which associations are doing it, what the rules are governing it and what resources are out there for volunteers.

Signups are required for both sessions and can be processed online at www.plataformavoluntariat.org, by telephoning the toll-free number 900 102 979, or by visiting Formentera's Department of Social Welfare.

Whether as part of a group or as an individual, the Consell encourages all volunteers to come out for the day of training.

19 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

 

Fresh round of courses offering extra help for pupils new to language

cartell2-1-The immigration department of the Consell de Formentera reports that primary school pupils who have recently arrived from places outside the Catalan-speaking area can begin enrolment from 18 November in the latest round of a course aimed at offering language assistance. The 2019-2020 programme begins 27 November and concludes when schools break for summer.

Formentera’s office of immigration launched the initiative in response to disproportionately high rates of school failure and early school leaving among young immigrants, a hindrance to sound development in both the financial and social spheres.

In addition to giving newly arrived islanders the tools necessary to thriving in a new language, organisers also hope the course can level the playing field between students; boost learning in Catalan, the working language at schools in the Balearics; and develop skills and positive attitudes around reading and writing. The course is also seen as a valuable resource in students’ social integration and a driver of positive, active attitudes about learning the local language.

Enrolment for the courses will be handled at the Department of Social Welfare (conselleria de Benestar Social, vénda des Brolls, 53), Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 2.00pm. Enrolment will remain open from 18 to 22 November. More information can be obtained by calling 971 32 12 71 or sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

15 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera joins global day rejecting violence against women with wide-ranging programme

foto-rp-vio-gen1Vanessa Parellada, consellera of Formentera’s equality department, was joined this morning by staffer Azucena Carrasco and the head of local women’s group Espai Dones, Dolores Fernández Tamargo, in unveiling the activities programme lined up in celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

First up, this Monday, it’s the 8.00pm opening in the Sala d’Exposicions of Ame Soler’s show, Tres voltes rebel. The illustrator’s art speaks to the injustices and inequality that affect women.

Things keep going on Wednesday with a 7.00pm discussion in the Sala d’Actes of local government offices. Psychologist Belén Alvite encourages participants to ponder whether porn constitutes the ideal sexual education, offering tools for talking about sex with teens, so young people can get more nuanced insight than is possible on the web.

At 9.30pm and 8.00pm on Friday 22 November and Sunday 24 November, respectively, the Sala de Cultura-Cinema will host screenings of Les invisibles. Louis-Julien Petit’s full-length feature approaches women’s inequality with humour.

25 November
An extra special programme is in store for Monday 25 November, the official International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Representatives of the Re-Acció programme of the Balearic women’s institute, IBdona, will mount an information stand at 5.00pm in Sant Francesc’s plaça de la Constitució, encouraging islanders to add their voices to the social pledge to stop gender violence. At 5.30pm, a gathering will be called for the reading of the day’s manifesto, opening and closing to the rhythm of a drum circle. After that, there will be a performance by students of the Eivissa-Formentera conservatory.

Finally, Wednesday 27 November at 7.30pm, IBdona will screen a 27-minute documentary titled Prostitució i tracta: Qüestió de poder. IBdona’s director, Maria Duran i Febrer, will be on hand at the event, together with the chief of the equality department and the Espai Dones chairwoman. A colloquium will follow and educational materials will be handed out. All activities are free.

Consellera Parellada insisted that the struggle to end violence involves all of us, and saluted Espai Dones for its work educating islanders. For her part, Fernández affirmed that real equality takes a real fight, and said that the 2019 activities programme is “one way to raise awareness”.

14 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Island governments of Formentera and Eivissa chart joint strategy on care for underage minors

reunio---benestar-social1Formentera and Eivissa's councillors of social welfare, Rafael Ramírez and Carolina Escandell, met today on Formentera for a working meeting where discussion centred on various issues affecting the departments, including the arrival of underage minors on the shores of the Pine Islands. Ramírez and Escandell redefined the strategic lines of action and inter-council collaboration in response to a situation they said had “caught everyone off guard” and which, amid the arrival of watercraft on local shores in recent months, “has exceeded any predictions”.

Conseller Ramírez underscored cooperation between the islands, remarking the special nature of the situation and speaking of saturation at the level of the island councils, including Mallorca: “This is why coordination with our regional and national institutions is vital, so we can guarantee migrants' ability to find their place here and thrive socially”. Ramírez said Formentera's social welfare office would take on new personnel in order to follow the youths' cases, and insisted more resources would be needed to ensure the minors' proper care.

For her part, Consellera Escandell described “an emergency no one anticipated and that none of the other island councils had dealt with before”. “Guardianship of underage persons is something we've managed until now, but numbers this year are beyond any predictions”, said the councillor. “All the means at our disposition are outstripped”, she asserted, “we're talking about having to double capacity; no one expected that, and we believe that for the time being, it's going to continue”. Escandell agreed with Ramírez that the circumstances “require support from Palma and Madrid” and said Formentera and Eivissa's two governments would meet periodically to “keep exploring new areas of collaboration and new synergies”.

“There isn't going to be one single fix here”, insisted the Eivissa councilwoman: “We need the strength of many if we intend to give these youth the resources they need”.

And finally, the two councillors highlighted the work of department staff: “We decision-makers can draw strategic lines of action, but the ones dealing with this situation —the dedicated ones, out there on the ground— are the employees of local Formentera and Eivissa governments. That's important”.


29 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

As Formentera prepares for arrival of migrants on coasts, Consell educates islanders on steps to follow

image51Alejandra Ferrer, president of the Consell de Formentera, Rafael Ramírez, Formentera’s chief of social welfare, and Enrique Sánchez Navarrete, Madrid’s envoy in the Pine Islands, told island residents about efforts public administrations have made in recent months in response to the arrival of migrants on Formentera’s coast.

Attendees of the Casa del Poble event heard about the response when watercraft arrive unannounced, the first stage of assistance that migrants receive, the status new arrivals are given depending on whether they are adults or minors, and subsequent steps they are expected to take. Also on hand at the gathering were Formentera’s interior councillor Josep Marí, local police chief Félix Ramos and, commanding officer of the Formentera barracks, José María Estévez.

The president highlighted the “remarkable coordination that takes place between the distinct administrations when migrants arrive on the island” and saluted “the extraordinary efforts of Formentera’s Department of Social Welfare, even weekends”. “We are acutely aware of the humanitarian emergency this represents”, said Ferrer, “and know that, if migrants are braving this crossing, it’s the result of a bigger problem that requires political and social solutions. We’ve pushed for such measures in plenary assemblies”.

Councillor Ramírez pointed out that the support offered by the Consell, available by request, “includes food, clothing, footwear and, if necessary, orientation towards healthcare services”. When migrants are under age, said Ramírez, the local Formentera government is responsible for them: “National police oversee their identification, then staff assess the minor’s situation and the individual becomes responsibility of the Consell de Formentera until the age of eighteen”.

Authority in cases of irregular arrivals lies with the central government. Madrid’s envoy gave an overview of the steps that are taken when a boat arrives unannounced on local shores, what services are offered and what happens to migrants afterwards.

25 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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