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Qué Celestre gets region’s Savina Prize for volunteer work

fotografia-mar-alavirulejjFormentera’s social welfare office reports that the local association Qué Celeste has been honoured with the Balearic government’s 2019 Savina Prize for volunteering.

Together with laureates from across the archipelago, the group will receive their distinctions during a 7.00pm gala at the Palma Conservatory of Music. Qué Celeste’s award will be delivered by Formentera’s chief of social welfare, Rafael Ramírez, as part of International Volunteer Day celebrations. Each of the four winners of the best practices award will receive a cash prize of €3,000. Qué Celeste snagged the honours in a nod to their Somiant Desperts programme, with the jury highlighting the initiative’s quality, quantity of volunteer participation, associated training, reach, impact, networking and various other criteria. The Consell de Formentera collaborates by contributing organising and outreach assistance in many Qué Celeste initiatives.

Information booth in Sant Francesc
Also for International Volunteer Day, tomorrow, 5 December, association representatives and current or aspiring volunteers can stop by a stand in Plaça de la Constitució for information about volunteering and upcoming training programmes.

Pointing to the profusion of community groups and programming whose existence depends on volunteer involvement and collaboration, social welfare chief Rafael Ramírez highlighted recent momentum around the creation of a local volunteers’ group.

In October, a crowd of curious islanders and group representatives came out for an information session in the Casal d’Entitats. “While nothing tangible has materialised yet”, said Ramírez, “this administration wants to underscore just how impactful we think a league of volunteers could be”. Were such a cohort to form, he continued, “it would get the full heft of the support, expertise and cooperation of this government and our corps of professionals”. The Consell de Formentera wishes to recognise the commendable efforts of individuals who volunteer their time, often unbeknownst to the rest of the population. “Volunteers are out there doing magnificent work all year long”, said the councillor.

Volunteering workshop, 13 December
On Friday, 13 December, a free training session will be offered for associations as well as current or aspiring volunteers. The training is presented by the Platform for Volunteering (Plataforma del Voluntariat) with support from the Balearic and Formentera governments. The event will start in the morning with an overview of new regional legislation governing volunteering in the Balearics and how it applies to groups that use volunteers. In the afternoon, parties who are interested in completing the basic training and getting accompanying accrediation are invited to a short course blending theory with practical know-how.

The session for groups runs from 11.30am to 1.30pm; individual volunteers will gather at the Casal d’Entitats from 3.00pm to 7.00pm. All those interested in attending should visit the Department of Social Welfare during regular office hours to register, or stop by the information stand tomorrow in Plaça de la Constitució.

4 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Day for Disability Awareness

jornada-discapacitat--3-1The Formentera Department of Social Welfare reports that the island’s second Day for Disability Awareness (Jornada del Discapacitat) is taking place this morning. A range of professionals from across the Pine Islands are scheduled to attend the event, which is geared not just towards professionals, but families and any other interested parties. After a 9.15am start time this morning, the programme will wrap up at 2.00pm.

During the welcoming ceremony, social welfare chief Rafael Ramírez hailed the involvement of disabled individuals’ support groups on the island. He also pointed out that “the work they're doing, and the assistance they provide, are a pretty good indicator of where we're at as a society”. The councillor also highlighted the crucial role of families — “they're the real champions”, he insisted.

4 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

8 students complete thirteenth Social and Cultural Integration Course

curs-2019-integracio--jpClasses recently ended for a group of eight students enrolled in a Department of Social Welfare-backed course on social and cultural integration held this November at the island's adult learning centre. Chief of social welfare Rafa Ramírez gave students their accreditory diplomas yesterday, for coursework ranging from topics like Spain's constitutional values, human rights and civil liberties, the Balearic Statute of Autonomy, the European Union and gender equality, among others. The twice yearly course is designed to help participants prepare for the CEE citizenship test or demonstrate integration during the early phases of their stay in Spain.

28 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Formentera pushes education, awareness

dia-discapacitatjpFormentera's social welfare office will host an array of educational and awareness-building initiatives for International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December. The action starts Sunday the 1st with a charity walk, and culminates on Wednesday the 4th with the island's second “Disability Awareness Day” (Jornada sobre Discapacitat).

The programme is sponsored by Eivissa-Formentera Residents with Special Needs (Apneef); Pau Mayans Association for the Integration of Individuals with ASD (Apmitea); the Formentera chapter of the Spanish Cancer Association (Aecc); the local chapter of the Association for Chemical Sensitivity, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Other Illnesses (Asqsfcfa), and the Pine Islands Group for Educational and Social Inclusion (Apies).

Social welfare conseller Rafa Ramírez welcomed the participation and collaboration of the event's sponsoring groups, not to mention “their crucial work to integrate people with disabilities across society”. Ramírez invited the whole island to join the educational and awareness-building effort, where organisers hope will give visibility to locally-based initiatives.

The following activities are scheduled in the days ahead:

Fundraising walk and benefit festival
At 11.00am on 1 December, participants in the third Caminada Solidària will set out from Jardí de ses Eres on a two-kilometre circuit. Participants can enjoy light snacks once the walk ends, at 12 noon. An adapted wheelchair is also available for individuals with reduced mobility who wish to take part in the walk.

From 8.00pm, the music school band and María José Cardona will perform in a charity festival in the Sala de Cultura. Admission is free. The festival will be presented by Miquel Costa and Carles Batlle. The festival will feature a screening of Iván Hermés’ Disminuir el paso, a film which included the participation of 11 young people with disabilities from the fitness group ANDE Soria. The initiative also enjoyed the support of both the Formentera and Soria film festivals.

Cinema and round-table at Ràdio Illa
On 2 and 3 December from 12 noon to 2.00pm, Wonder, a film by the students of Marc Ferrer High School, will be shown in the Sala de Cultura-Cinema. All December long, a short film aimed at raising awareness about disabilities will run before normal Friday and Sunday programming.

Also, on 2 and 5 December from 10.00am to 10.45am, professionals and family members of individuals with disabilities will gather for another round-table discussion hosted by Ràdio Illa.

Info stand and vending
From 11.00am to 1.00pm on 3 December, groups will set up information booths in Plaça de la Constitució, where items crafted by users of the dependent care facility will be available for sale.

Formentera's second Day for Disabilities
On Wednesday, 4 December, numerous professionals from Eivissa and Formentera will be in the conference from of the dependent care centre for the second Disability Awareness Day. The gathering begins at 9.15am and finishes at 2.00pm.

The programme is as follows:

-9.15am Welcome. Social welfare, administration and transparency chief Rafael Ramírez gives an overview of the day's programme.

-9.30am Determining disability, with Javier González Granados, notary registered with the Notaries Society of the Balearic Islands.

-10.30am New projects and services of the Pine Islands Families of Individuals with Mental Disorders (Apfem). Carmen Córdoba, head of adult service agreements.

-11.00am Presentation by the Eivissa chapter of Mothers of Individuals in the Balearics with Disabilities (Amadiba). Marian Vives, head of the group's family and social care division.

-11.30am Break

-12 noon Formentera's pilot scheme for employability, with Nuria Alandes Mira, chair of Apmitea.

-12.30pm Benefits and public resources for people with disabilities, with Rocío Nemesio Pablos, social worker at Apneef.

-1.00pm Round-table discussion

-1.45pm Closing

28 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

‘Recreation or addiction?’ Alba García sizes up Fortnite for latest instalment of ‘Xerrades per a famílies i docents’

This Thursday, 28 November, psychologist Alba García will be at the centre of the third xerrada, or “chat”, in a nine-part series for families and teachers hosted by Formentera’s Department of Social Welfare with support from the teachers’ resource centre, or CEP. The lecture kicks off at 5.00pm in the Centre de Dia conference room, and daycare will be available for children 3 and up.

The “Chats for families and teachers” series started in October and will conclude on 7 May.

26 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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