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Month-long activities programme in celebration of International Women's Day on Formentera

foto-presentacio---dia-de-la-d1Social welfare councillor Vanessa Parellada sat down this morning at 10.30am with department specialist Azuzena Carrasco and Espai Dones chairwoman Dolores Fernández Tamargo to unveil the activities programme for International Women's Day on Formentera.

Parellada and the Espai Dones chair launched a special call for islanders to come out for the Friday march 8 gathering to mark the day in Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució.

March 8
A whole series of activities and events are lined up to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8. From 10.00am Espai Dones representatives will meet in Constitució square to make and invite others to join them in making posters for the demonstration that will take place afterwards. At an informational stand from 11.00am islanders will be able to see texts of experiences re-enacted for the stage, and later, Bloco Colubraria will lead a batucada drum circle.

A 12-noon rendezvous, scheduled in honour of International Women's Day and the women participating in the “feminist strike”, will be followed by a reading of the day's manifesto. Afterwards the floor will be opened up so people can share with the crowd their reasons for attending the demonstration.

The day's programme will wind down in the evening with a 9.30pm screening of Petra Bioudina Volpe's El orden divino in the cinema.

Activities marking the special day will run through the month. In fact, they start Monday March 4 with the 7.30pm opening of Natalia Lisinicchia's exhibit TACTO in the administration's Sala d'Exposicions (Ajuntament Vell).

At 7.00pm on Thursday March 7 islanders across the Balearics can catch a simultaneous screening of a documentary. The IBDona-produced Llavors de futur. Un homenatge al feminisme de les Illes Balears will début at the cinema (Sala de Cultura).

The programme continues with the “Woman's Charity Race” (Cursa Solidària per a la Dona) from 11.00am on Saturday March 9. Money raised will go to benefit the Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer. Signups are being held at the front counter of the fitness centre.

More film screenings and a storytelling session at the Casal de Joves are also on the bill of activities, not to mention a presentation of the magazine “Visions” that will be followed by a discussion.

Tribute to the Elderly Woman
Among all the events in store, one of the most closely watched will take place at 12 noon on Sunday March 31 in the Council's Sala de Plens, adjacent to the Centre de Dia. It is the XI Homenatge a la Dona Gran (“Eleventh Tribute to the Elderly Woman”) of Formentera. In April, there will also be a self-defence workshop for women.

Councillor Parellada reminded islanders that www.reaccionem.com features a link where people can sign the pact to end gender violence. She also saluted Espai Dones for putting together a programme of activities that is in constant expansion and reaches an increasingly diverse audience, something she said is “key to making sure this struggle affects every one of us”.

Family discussion about healthy eating

xerrada-nutricio---1-The Formentera Council's social welfare office reports that tomorrow, Thursday February 21, 6.00pm in the Centre de Dia, dietician and nutritionist Lydia Micó will lead a talk on planning a healthy diet. The evening is part of the activities programme of the department's “Family Support Group” (Grup de Suport Familiar).

Department head Vanessa Parellada says the training session strives to “help parents plan a healthier diet for whole family”. Participants will get an initial overview of the basic pillars of healthy eating before planning their own individual weekly meal plans with support from a professional, and, at the end, take part in a colloquium.

As with the previous Family Support Group gathering, childcare will be available on site for parents who wish to take part but lack alternatives.

Catalina Torres Ferrer celebrates hundredth year on Formentera

catalina-torres-ferrer1Social welfare councillor Vanessa Parellada has paid a visit to Catalina Torres Ferrer, a full-fledged centenarian and Formentera native. Parellada brought her a bouquet of flowers and joined the birthday celebration at Torres' home in ses Bardetes.

“Formentera is lucky”, the councillor affirmed after the party, “to one side we've got centenary individuals full of drive to live, learn and teach, and to the other we've got their loved ones—full of drive to follow them as they go”. Parellada marvelled at “all the stories hidden in Torres' eyes” and expressed hope that “we'd be hearing about them for years and years to come”.

Yesterday evening family and close friends celebrated the hundred-year birthday of na Catalina, who was born on February 18, 1919 to miller Juan Torres and na Francisca Ferrer (she was the second of four children). Revellers indulged in glosa poetry, orelletes pastries and hot chocolate.

Registration open for islanders keen to train as home caregivers

The Formentera Council's social welfare department reports that the dependent care facility (Centre de Dia) will be the site of the eighth edition of the Tramuntana course on at-home attention.

Candidates must be at least 30 years old and currently unemployed not to mention have completed basic secondary education. Enrolment, open until February 27, can be processed in person at the local job-seekers' bureau (SOIB) or at the following link: https://soib.es/seleccions-programa-soib-30-formacio-i-ocupacio/

Those contracted will receive paid training from March 15-December 14 and be placed in positions on the Council's home assistance service. Eight positions are available and courses will take place from 8.00am to 3.00pm.

Local highschoolers head to dependent care facility to get look at job opportunities

visita-institut-centre-de-dia-2A group of year four pupils from Formentera's secondary school IES Marc Ferrer paid a visit today to the island's dependent care or “Day Centre” (Centre de Dia) for a close-up look at how the facility works and to share experiences with both employees and islanders at the centre. Year one and two students of the batxiller programme made a similar trip last Monday, and tomorrow the other year four group will follow suit.

The visits are meant to educate older highschoolers about how the Centre de Dia works so they can get a sense of the employment opportunities available—“here and at the future home for the aged”, said director Marta Uriarte. “We want our visitors to come away aware that the two facilities are good places to work”.

'Intergenerational days'
The visits form part of the events organised for Children's Day. In 2015, local school children visited the centre as part of a programme created to promote cross-generational encounters. According to CiF social welfare and youth councillor Vanessa Parellada, school visits from Centre de Dia regulars came next.

This year, the cross-generational experience has fused with job preparation—particularly because, as Parellada pointed out, “the day centre now, and the seniors' assisted living residence in the future, are strong generators of employment”. “It seemed like a great idea to get older students from the high school here in person to see what it's all about and what kind of jobs are available”.

Thirty-six islanders use the dependent care facility today (26 seniors and 10 individuals with varying levels of dependency) plus another five participants in a programme to boost individual autonomy. The 19-person support team includes eight social health workers, with at least another eight required when the new assisted living facility opens.

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