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Formentera backs job seekers programme for university-educated youth

comercos formenteraThe employment and training sections of Formentera's Office of Social Welfare are driving a tally of local businesses, and are searching for young, qualified and university-educated candidates to fill three posts from December to July.

Applications, open to anyone who is under 30 and registered in the youth covenant of the regional job seekers' service (SOIB), must be received by November 24.

According to department head Vanessa Parellada, the programme seeks to bestow recent graduates of university and technical programmes with professional experience and good work habits.

“Today a university degree is no longer enough to guarantee work for its holder. We're glad to be offering local professionals the chance to work in winter,” —the position, she noted, begins in December— “particularly because the project will culminate in something so valuable as a register of local businesses”.

The Council has charged Santiago Juan, an employment and local development specialist, with overseeing the project, during which Juan will also act as the youths' mentor. The Council will receive €63,000 from SOIB to carry out the project.

Activities to end violence against women

Foto presentacio violencia de genereSocial welfare councillor Vanessa Parellada, Espai Dones chair Dolors Fernández Tamargo and staffer Azuzena Carrasco unveiled the programme of activities that the Council has put together in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25. The presentation took place in the administration's hall of ceremonies today at 10.30am.

Councillor Parellada pointed out that this year's programming kicks off Saturday, November 11, with a stage production and runs through November 29. All part of the effort to commemorate November 25 as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The administration has teamed up with Espai Dones in presenting the activities, which, in the councillor's words, “are diverse in nature despite one common goal: ending gender violence”.

Activities programme
For her part, Ms Fernández focused on the day's associated activities. At 8.00pm on Saturday, November 11, actress Rosa Díaz will present Hilos, winner of 2011's national award for the performing arts, at the municipal cinema.

The programme continues Tuesday, November 14, with a screening of “Los niños del Barrio Rojo,” winner of the 2015 Oscar for best documentary. The show starts at 8.00pm in the Marià Villangómez municipal library. More theatre is in store on Saturday, November 18, when Menorca's Xoc theatre troupe takes the reins of a theatrical forum on gender violence in Sa Panxa restaurant. The event gets under way at 10.00pm. On Monday, November 20, Isa Sanz presents «Koinonía,» a photo show, at the municipal gallery of the Ajuntament Vell.

'La maleta de Marta'
Wednesday, November 22, Formentera audiences are invited out for Günter Schwaiger's La maleta de Marta. After the screening, the film's leading actress will stick around for a chat with the audience. This showing of La maleta de Marta, scheduled for 7.30pm in the Office of Culture conference hall, is sponsored by the Balearic Islands and Eivissa chapters of Amnesty International.

Saturday, November 25
November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, will be abuzz with activities. IBDona, a women's group in the region, will set up an informational stand from 11.00am in Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució under the banner “Take a stand against domestic violence”. At 1.00pm, the reading of the day's guiding manifesto will take place.

In the evening, an emotional, gender-conscious and experience-based workshop titled «Ni princeses ni prínceps» (Neither princesses nor princes) will be given at 7.00pm by social psychotherapist Isabel Serrato in the conference hall of the Office of Culture. Part of a yearly tradition, at 9.30pm in Rosales bed and breakfast of Es Pujols, Espai Dones will celebrate ten years of solidarity on women's issues. To reserve a spot, phone 697 941 016.

Finally, at 7.00pm on Wednesday, November 29, families are encouraged to come to Sant Francesc's Sa Miranda nursery for a discussion entitled “The long, exciting road ahead”. At 7.30pm, psychologist Ana Costa García will speak to the crowd in the Office of Culture conference hall about managing difficult emotions.

Gender violence
Staff specialist Azuzena Carrasco, for her part, reported on the 14 calls received by her office's gender violence hotline through October, a drop on last year's total of 18.

Looking ahead, November 28 and 29, Councillor Parellada and a pair of staffers will take part in working days organised by IBDona to forge strategies on intra-agency coordination and response for victims of gender violence.

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.

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