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Formentera prepares the first local volunteering plan

foto 2022 diagnostic voluntariatThe Formentera Office of Social Welfare (Conselleria de Benestar Social, CBSF) is working on the draft of the first Island Volunteer Plan "to develop public policy that promotes volunteering on the island", said Rafael Ramírez, Councillor of Social Welfare. This plan can be traced back to Balearic legislation on volunteering, which calls on the island councils to draw up and promote the planning of volunteering policies in their jurisdiction.

According to Councillor Ramírez, the Consell is "working with the Balearic Islands Volunteer Platform [Plataforma del Voluntariat, PVIB], which has set the roadmap to develop the plan to promote, encourage and protect volunteering on the island". The CBSF chief stressed that "institutions must promote and strengthen volunteering as a transformative force in society that aims to achieve a more just and egalitarian world". In November the island's government teamed up with the Platform to host two training sessions for local organisations and volunteers.

The PVIB brings together a total of thirty volunteer organisations in the region, and represents more than seven thousand individuals who volunteer every day in assorted programmes. It strives to participate actively and on an ongoing basis in crafting proposals on volunteer policies and programmes developed by the Consell in all fields.

Working days

To study and assess the current state of volunteering and volunteer groups on our island, this week two working days have been put together, the first with political leaders and staff specialists of the Consell de Formentera. For the second event on Saturday 12 March, local volunteers and volunteer organisations are invited to take part in a deep-dive on the dynamics of participation and group work. The event will take place from 10.00am to 1.00pm in the Consell de Formentera auditorium (Sala de Plens, Centre de Dia de Formentera). To participate, please confirm attendance by calling 971 321 271 or emailing immigració@conselldeformentera.cat.

9 March 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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'Talks for families and teachers' address teen drug use

Alícia Bustos, a psychologist and university expert on drug addiction prevention, will present "What if my son or daughter takes drugs?". Part of the 'Talks for Families and Teachers' series, the lecture will be held on Thursday 10 March at 5.00pm in the auditorium next to the Formentera Day Centre (Centre de Dia de Formentera).

Reservations must be made in advance by calling 971 321 271 or emailing educaciosocial@conselldeformentera.cat. A babysitting service will also be available during the event.

4 March 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Course helping foreign-born islanders through social and cultural integration to take place 3 to 31 March

The immigration department of the Formentera Office of Social Welfare (Conselleria de Benestar Social, CBSF) is pleased to report that the 17th Course on Social and Cultural Integration for foreign nationals residing on Formentera will be held from 3 to 31 March at the adult learning centre (Escola d'Adults).

Registration for the free course runs 21 February to 2 March at CBSF's new offices inside the Formentera Day Centre in Es Brolls. For complete details, please call 971 321 271 or send an e-mail to immigración@conselldeformentera.cat.

Individuals who complete the 20-hour course can receive an integration report from the Balearic Islands' regional government as well as preparation for the CCSE citizenship test. In twice weekly sessions, students learn about the constitutional values of the Spanish state, human rights and civil liberties, the Balearic Statute of Autonomy, the European Union and gender equality.

Rafael Ramírez, Councillor of Social Welfare, highlighted the Consell de Formentera's long-standing commitment to "helping Formentera's foreign-born residents to integrate and stay on the right side of government procedures to regulate their immigration status". Another edition of the course will be held in November.

14 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Islanders at Formentera Day Centre visit Can Marroig

foto 2022 visita centre diaIndividuals with functional diversity who obtain care at the Formentera Day Centre enjoyed a splendid day yesterday in Can Marroig. where an educational guide offered them a tour of Ses Salines Nature Reserve of Eivissa and Formentera. Participants also learned about the scope and richness of biodiversity, from resting areas for migratory birds to land and marine habitats. The day concluded with a lunch on site.

11 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Consell puts out informative brochure in 8 languages to stop gender violence and support victims

foto 2022 folleto violencia genereThe Formentera Office of Social Welfare has put together an informational brochure to prevent gender violence and provide support for victims on Formentera. The brochure is a tool developed by the Women's Information and Assistance Service (Servei d'Informació i Atenció a la Dona, SIID) and has been published in eight different languages: Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Italian, German, Arabic and Romanian. A total of 2,000 copies have been printed in Catalan, 2,000 in Spanish and 1,000 in each of the other languages. The brochures are available at the municipal library, Espai Dones, the hospital, OVAC, Antoni Blanc sports centre, Formentera Local Police, Civil Guard, tourist information points, Justice of the Peace, Employment Service of the Balearic Islands (SOIB) and more.

Rafael Ramírez, Councillor of Social Welfare, said the reissue was about "publicising the municipal service for the maximum number of women, regardless of country of origin", and insisted eliminating language barriers had been a key concern: "This is about preventing gender violence among as many women as possible".

Apart from basic information on what SIID is and what it does, the brochure asks a series of questions to highlight situations which female victims of gender-based violence may face.

Has your partner done any of the following?

-Check your cell phone, WhatsApp, email or social media?
-Continually call or text you to find out where you are?
-Refuse to let you see certain friends?
-Prevent you from seeing family?
-Prefer you not study or work?
-Criticise how you dress or your appearance?
-Talk badly to or insult you?
-Try to make you feel guilty? Tell you that you are to blame for everything?
-Threaten to harm your family or take your children?
-Humiliate or discount you in front of others?
-Throw or break objects when you are upset?
-Threaten to hit you?
-Physically assault you?
-Force you to have sex or make you do things you don't feel like doing?
-Finally, are you afraid of him and afraid of how he might react?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, it is possible that you are experiencing gender-based violence.

The Formentera SIID is a targetted counselling service, with a programme of comprehensive care for gender violence victims. It offers a space of confidentiality, active listening, respect and empathy as well as support in the form of social care, specific psychological care for victims and children and legal advice throughout the process of integral recovery.

In addition, the SIID is in constant coordination with various government agencies to improve comprehensive care for women.

8 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell Insular de Formentera

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