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On World Refugee Day, Formentera reaches out to children and teens

The Formentera Council's Office of Social Welfare has put together a set of activities to break through to the island's young children and teenagers about the realities of life for refugees.

From 5.00 to 7.00pm today, the Sant Ferran de Ses Roques primary school will play host to an afternoon of games and activities exploring some of the issues facing individuals who have been forced to flee their homes. On Tuesday, June 20, for World Refugee Day, the island's youth centre will stage a screening of “My Friend,” a documentary that recounts the unrelenting travails of Afghani women struggling for a voice and a say in their fates.

Formentera seeks candidates for 24 support positions in summer services

Citing expanded summer services on the island, the Formentera Council has announced it will bring in 24 additional staff in July, August and September. Applicants are invited to visit the job seekers' office in Sant Francesc (C/ Pla de Rei, 120-122), the SOIB (Servei d'Ocupació de les Illes Balears), to identify which position suits them best and apply.

Reinforcement personnel are required for the following positions: summer school youth workers (6), lifeguards (3), tech support for tourist information office (2), administrative assistants (4), parking attendants (4), toe truck driver, brigade workers (2), sport support staff and cleaning staff.

To consult details about each position, telephone 971211087, extension 3152, or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Council and Espai Dones team up to promote equality and eradicate gender violence

Foto conveni espai donesFormentera Council president Jaume Ferrer and Dolores Fernández Tamargo, chairwoman of Associació Espai Dones, signed into effect a €3,000 deal to foster equality and prevent domestic abuse in 2017. The agreement lays the groundwork for a partnership between the two groups in which efforts will be focused on boosting equality and stemming gender violence.

Espai Dones Formentera is a nonprofit that seeks to support feminist struggles and achieve broad recognition and support for gender equality. Since its creation, the group has focused its efforts around high-profile events like International Women's Day and International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Formentera's day centre celebrates six years

Foto acte celebracio v aniversariThe Formentera Council's Office of Social Welfare has announced a series of events, April 25 through May 4, to mark the Formentera Day Centre's sixth anniversary celebration. The aim, said Councillor Vanessa Parellada, is to “educate residents about the centre's services, provide guidance and cultivate camaraderie between users of the Centre and the staff there”.

Open day
The Day Centre will open its doors on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 11.00am and 1.00pm for anyone interested in learning more about the facilities, the activities hosted or the services provided.

Discussions and workshops
Tomorrow, April 25, from 11.00am to 12.30pm in the multipurpose room, the Centre staff will be on hand to offer a talk about preventing minor spills around the house. Organisers decided to host the event, which will include safety tips like adapting a dwelling to any dependent residents' changing needs, when they saw that a significant percentage of falls were happening at peoples' homes.

On Wednesday, April 26, from 11.00am to 12.20pm and also in the multipurpose room, staff will give a talk on emotional intelligence for caregivers, a group plagued by high rates of of stress and other disorders.

End of the party
Lastly, May 4, from 11.00am to 1.00pm, the Centre will host a dance to celebrate six years of operations. For patrons of the Centre, as well as families and staff, it will be the cherry on the cake.

Taking stock of local fund's efforts to boost cooperation

Presentacio fons pitiusFormentera Council social welfare officer Vanessa Parellada, who is also the vice chair of a group named the Pityusic Cooperation Fund (Fons Pitiús de Cooperació in Catalan), was joined by fund manager Fina Darder in hosting a press conference to review the decisions made at the fund's March 27 assembly. Among the news items were a new member's adhesion to the fund as well as the fund's budget and areas of action.

In 2017 the Formentera Council has earmarked €20,000 for the non-profit fund, whose work varies from cooperation and emergency humanitarian relief to educational outreach and training on Formentera and Eivissa.

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