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In 2020, Formenterers Solidaris honoured with Balearic Islands’ Savina award for volunteer work

foto premi savina 2Formenterers Solidaris received the regional government’s Savina Award in a ceremony this morning that included Consell premiere Alejandra Ferrer, social welfare councillor Rafael Ramírez and director of the regional office of participation and volunteering Maria Amengual.

The “premi Savina” focuses on the group’s ‘Food assistance’ programme — an initiative giving basic food and hygiene items to families who are struggling financially. In a combined effort between Formenterers Solidaris and the Formentera Social Welfare Department, volunteers purchase food and pick up donations; the items are then transported to the Sant Ferran church where they are packed and delivered to individuals receiving FSWD support. A fully volunteer-run association, Formenterers Solidaris started in 2007 with the aim of helping the island’s most needy.

In a ceremony that was presided over by President Ferrer, Formenterers Solidaris secretary Teresa Costa accepted the prize on behalf of the non-profit, highlighting hard work as a defining feature of FS’s corps of volunteers. “This is a machine that works thanks to the efforts of each and every individual who participates”, said Costa, “there are no names here — just people who get results when their strengths are united”. “We’d be thrilled if Formenterers Solidaris disappeared tomorrow because it was no longer needed”, she mused, underscoring support from the Consell and Govern as essential to the Formenterers Solidaris operation.

“Super-human efforts have been Formenterers Solidaris’ stock in trade ever since we got started”, the Consell premiere asserted. “These are people who put the needs of others before their own.” Ferrer praised the group’s work during the application of emergency orders, and promised the unending support of local government in carrying out the group’s mission.

Councillor Ramírez, for his part, said the day was about “rewarding the spirit and personal commitment” of volunteers, who he affirmed “generously volunteer their time and resources to make life easier for others”. He underlined coordination with FSWD and voiced his hopes that “volunteers’ guiding spirit finds worthy vessels in all of us”.

According to the Balearic participation and volunteer director, “Formentera’s volunteer associations deserve applause for their efforts to make the island a place to be proud of. Formentera is a place where cooperation and teamwork come before all else”. “I admire your great ability to make a common cause out of the collective”, she said.

Part of the Balearic Islands’ 2020 Regional Volunteer Awards, prizes for volunteer work are designed to offer support and recognition for grassroots participation in the local community. Stewarded by hometown associations, such initiatives seek to leverage the efforts of volunteers to address blind spots in systems of social support and healthcare. The award comes with a cash prize of €3,000.

1 December 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Seven students complete Consell de Formentera course on social and cultural integration for foreigners

foto 2020 cursYesterday was the last day of class for seven students in the Formentera Social Welfare Department’s course on social and cultural integration held this November at Formentera’s adult learning centre. Students in the course hailed from Argentina, Colombia, Morocco and Mexico.

After sitting for the last session, social welfare councillor Rafael Ramírez applauded participants’ effort and interest and pointed out that certificates of completion issued by the Balearic Islands would be valid as preparation for the CCSE citizenship test or to demonstrate integration during the early phases of a stay in Spain.

Class size was limited this year to accommodate Covid-19 safety protocol. The course was led by Dolores Fernández Tamargo and covered topics including Spanish constitutional values, human rights and civil liberties, the Balearic Statute of Autonomy, the European Union and gender equality, among others.

27 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

On International Day of People with Disabilities, ‘Cultivating values’ aims at awareness

foto 2020 dia discapacitatsThe Formentera Social Welfare Department has put together an assortment of activities to educate islanders around this year’s International Day of People with Disabilities, 3 December. At one awareness-building event, local associations bringing together islanders with disabilities will plant trees in the garden of the adult day care centre.

Social welfare councillor Rafael Ramírez praised the associations’ members for their involvement and commitment, saying the work “is key to building visibility and promoting integration”. Ramírez highlighted the Consell de Formentera’s work to meet the needs of people with disabilities, calling guaranteeing every person’s rights “critical” and encouraging islanders to take part in the events.

Collaborators in the programme include the Eivissa-Formentera Association of People with Special Needs (Apneef); Pau Mayans Association for the Integration of People on the Autism Spectrum (Apmitea); the local chapter of the Spanish Cancer Association (Formentera-AECC); the local support group for chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and other conditions; the Eivissa-Formentera Group for Advanced Capacities and Talents (ACTEF) and the Pine Islands Group for Social and Educational Inclusion (APIES).

Programming in the days ahead:

‘Cultivating values’
On 3 December, Formentera associations participating in ‘Cultivating values’ will gather in the adult day care centre garden to plant trees and post messages to promote awareness. A manifesto will later be read by a spokesperson for local groups of people with functional diversity.

Information table
From 11.00am to 1.00pm the same day in Sant Francesc’s Plaça de la Constitució, Formentera functional diversity groups will tend an information stand and sell products handcrafted by islanders at the Centre de Dia.

Ràdio Illa round-table
From 10.00am to 11.00am on Tuesday 2 December, public radio station Ràdio Illa invites specialists in functional diversity and family members of functionally diverse individuals to discuss the Consell’s Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Evening of shorts: ‘Diversely able’
At 7.00pm on 11, 18, 22 and 29 December, islanders can catch an array of short-fil11s about diversity and inclusion, made possible by collaboration from Formentera Film and Soria International Short Film Fest. The first screening will take place at Casa del Poble de la Mola, and the following three in the Sala d’Actes of the Consell.

Space is limited and reservations required: administració.centredia@conselldeformentera.cat.

All December long, island crowds can catch Alexis and Bruno Morante’s Bla, Bla, Bla before Friday and Sunday night films at the Formentera cinema (Sala de Cultura).

27 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Islanders get guidance on using digital communications sensibly

cartell 2020 Xerrada prevencio en ticThe Formentera Social Welfare Department is inviting local families to attend a talk regarding sensible use of communications technology, a limited capacity event programmed at 8.30pm, 26 November, in the Sant Ferran islamic centre. Reservations are required and may be made by phone, WhatsApp or email (prestauratives@conselldeformentera.cat).

10 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera unveils activities programme aiming to combat gender violence by building awareness

foto 2020 dia eliminacio violencia donesConsell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer and local chief of equality and LGTBI affairs Vanessa Parellada sat down with the chair of Espai Dones, Dolores Fernández Tamargo, to present the programme for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November.

Ferrer applauded Espai Dones for putting together a “wide-ranging bill of activities which, stretching from 2 to 25 November, is nearly a month long”. On the calendar are courses on violence prevention, theatre, a film screening, an exhibition and a round-table discussion.

“A sweeping programme of education and political engagement to tackle gender violence was crucial”, said Ferrer, “especially this year, given the violence so many women have faced and continue to face as a result of the Covid-19 crisis and the increased time at home with their aggressors”. The president pointed out that women are on the front lines of every crisis, and offered up the Consell’s entire battery of services in their support.

The programme:

2–6 November, daily
5.00pm–9.00pm: Preventing sexual violence in sports
Aula de formació, Centre d’Esports Nàutics

Saturday 7 November
8.30pm: Frida. New theatre.
Enlisting human emotions, directors Marie Tholon and Adriana Aguilar take audiences on a trip across the formative life stages and trials of an artist-turned-feminist icon.
Running time: 60 minutes
Admission: €7 (general) / €5 (youth) / Free (the unemployed and inactive freelancers)
Sala de Cultura (Cinema)

Friday 20 / Sunday 22 November
8.30pm & 8.00pm (respectively): Paula Cons’ La isla de las mentiras (2020), based on real events
Sala de Cultura (Cinema)

Monday 23 November
6.00pm: Opening night—Yolanda Domínguez’s Little Black Dress
A reflection on gender and social consciousness, a critique of the representation of women in fashion, an invitation to embrace diversity.
Sala d’Exposicions “Ajuntament Vell”

Tuesday 24 November
7.00pm: Conversations—Changing our images, changing our world
Yolanda Domínguez guides participants in an analysis of recent media images and Domínguez’s own recent visual work.
Aula de formació, Centre d’Esports Nàutics [La Savina]

25 November
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women begins at 11.00am with an information stand in Sant Francesc’s Plaça de la Constitució where visitors can help make and hang signs.

Entertainment starts at 4.30pm with Bloco Colubraria’s batucada drum performance, followed by a 5.00pm rally with Covid-19 protocol in place. Women may volunteer to share written work. A reading will then be given of the manifesto, with a representation of Chilean group LASTESIS’ “The Rapist in Your Path”.

Equality director Vanessa Parellada indicated that Covid-19 sanitary measures would be in place at every activity, and highlighted a crosscutting organising approach that included Espai Dones and numerous departments of the Consell de Formentera—“because we need to tackle gender violence on as many fronts as possible”. Finally, Parellada asked islanders to be vigilant and take action if they see gender violence: “It’s not a personal problem and it’s not a family problem. It’s a social problem, so looking away isn’t going to work. We need everyone to take an active role”, she said.

29 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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