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Formentera Council and socially-conscious arm of CaixaBank affirm commitment to elderly

foto conveni Gent GranFormentera Council chief Jaume Ferrer sat down today with the director of the Sant Francesc branch of CaixaBank to sign a deal that reaffirmed the two groups' promotion of active ageing and formalised plans to develop a programme in support of the elderly at three local senior centres.

The deal involves Formentera's retirees and pensioners club (Club de Jubilats i Pensionistes) and social centres for the aged in Sant Ferran and La Mola. Under the previous agreement, the centres hosted twenty activities and workshops which reported a total combined attendance of 140 senior citizens.

The new generation of seniors
Gent Gran is a senior-positive programme of Obra Social ”la Caixa” that dates back to 1915. For more than a century, the programme's engineers have teamed up with entities like the Formentera Council so that associated projects continue to reflect the changing needs of the elderly.

Gent Gran is about fomenting the active participation of seniors in our society and evolving to adapt to their needs today. The programme includes workshops in support of health and wellness, community participation and volunteer initiatives, and computer training.

Regional job seekers bureau on lookout for qualified youth

foto soib joveThis week marks the last that applications will be accepted by young aspirants of a work practice programme, SOIB Jove Qualificats, that provides local administrations and associated groups a means to source their employment needs. Applicants must be:

1. Aged 18 to 29
2. Registered as a job seeker with the SOIB
3. Registered on the national youth safety net (Garantía Juvenil)
4. A graduate of a university or other higher education programme
5. Able to accept an offer of work practice for the educational track in question
6. Without previous work practice experience in the field in question

Twelve-month periods of work practice at a local entity towards employment in an applicant's chosen profession will begin during the first half of November.

Candidates must register as job seekers and adherents to Garantía Juvenil before Friday September 14 at the SOIB. Phone the SOIB (012) or visit their website (http://soib.fundaciobit.org/citasoib/reservar-cita;lang=ca) to request an appointment.

Both steps can be processed at the same appointment. Candidates should come with the educational credentials for the field in which they intend to seek work experience.

Once work practice offers have been issued, in addition to being made available to young SOIB-registered aspirants who qualify, they will also be advertised on www.soib.es with all the related information about how to apply.

Care centre users get eyeful of posidonia

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Nine individuals receiving care at the island's dependent care facility, together with three monitors and a host of personnel from Formentera Divers, headed to the sea today to get a closeup look at meadows of posidonia sea grass.

The outing included a boat ride through ses Salines park, a swim in es Freus marine reserve and, for all those who rose to the challenge, snorkeling over posidonia meadows, an experience that came with sightings of numerous fish and native underwater species.

The experience lasted a full day and offered users of Formentera's Centre de Dia the chance to take in neighbouring underwater surroundings. The event was organised by the Council's social welfare office and Formentera Divers diving centre.

Care recipients at island's day centre lend hand preparing for Que Celeste festival

foto-cdd-que-celeste-3Islanders at Formentera's dependent care facility, or centre de dia, are teaming up this week with members of environmental group Que Celeste to repurpose some of the found objects that surfaced during the group's coastal cleanups at ses Illetes, es Carnatge and es Ram.

The idea is to give a new, decorative use to various objects through a kind of “artistic recycling” aimed at fostering creativity and personal autonomy among individuals at the day centre.

Participants are rebranding discarded plastic bottles as jellyfish which will function as decorative lights at the upcoming Que Celeste festival. Organisers of the festival, which is scheduled to take over Sant Ferran's church-front plaza September 21 and 22, say the event is about educating islanders and tourists about the importance of preserving and caring for the environment.

Formentera unlocks €16k in funding for elderly and disabled

foto majorsThe Formentera Council’s social welfare department is announcing details today of the administration’s €16-thousand funding package for seniors and islanders with disabilities.

To be considered for the assistance, applicants must reside on Formentera and be at least sixty-five or have a minimum of 33% impairment. Other qualifying conditions exist as well; individuals with disabilities who receive live-in care outside Formentera can apply, too, provided other family members maintain residence on the island.

Further details can be obtained by contacting the social welfare department directly. Applications will be accepted until Saturday, August 25, at the Citizen’s Information Office (OAC), 6, carrer de Ramon Llull in Sant Francesc.

A review committee will be enlisted to determine this year’s recipients. In 2017, fourteen aspiring candidates were awarded assistance totalling €12,000.

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