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Consell says 4th drugs and addictions plan now in offing will be tailored to 'reality on ground'

The Formentera Office of Social Welfare (Conselleria de Benestar Social/CBS) has started preparing the fourth plan on drugs and other addictions (2022-2025) with support from the Health and Community Foundation. Social Welfare Councillor Rafael Ramírez said the new plan was "badly needed" and insisted, "Drug use is a perennial challenge forcing us to constantly adapt policies and lines of action". In Ramirez's words, "the aim is to offer people a service that is perfectly suits to their needs from a comprehensive and people-first standpoint".

The previous plan has been in force since 2018 and is due to expire next year, "so we need to make sure the new plan is in step with the reality on the ground and that it can respond to current needs", said Ramírez, who put alcohol and drug consumption among the "common concerns of families and professionals from an array of different fields". Ramírez underscored CBS-backed initiatives like 'Don't drown in alcohol' that seek impact around the situation.

The plan covers initiatives and actions to be carried out by the various actors of the social, economic, educational and healthcare sectors, and addresses drug use in a cross-cutting manner integrating axes of inequality such as gender, cultural diversity and age.

For more than 25 years, the Health and Community Foundation has worked in research, prevention, intervention and awareness-raising around various health and social problems disproportionately affecting groups that are at risk or facing social exclusion. The non-profit is listed on the state registry of foundations and is committed to issues of social justice. It is controlled, supported and subsidised by distinct levels of the public administration that have trusted in its services for years. The contract between local government and the Health and Community Foundation has a duration of five months and is valued at €6.750,00 (VAT included).

29 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Full programme to celebrate Int'l Day for Elimination of Violence against Women this November

foto 2021 dia eliminacio violenciaThe President of the Consell de Formentera and Councillor of Equality, Ana Juan, along with the President of Espai Dones, Dolores Fernández Tamargo, presented the programme of activities lined up to mark 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Juan began remarks by praising the Espai Dones association for organising“these actions and for the awareness-raising work it carries out throughout the year”. The president stressed that the situation of many women worsened during under COVID-19 and lockdown orders, and“this is precisely when local government should be closer to them”. She underscored the efforts of the Formentera Office of Social Welfare; the Consell's collaboration earlier this year with the Guardia Civil to open the sala amable, a special room to reinforce care for women, as well as local government's appearance in what she described as the“despicable” case of the gang rape and assault of a 19-year-old girl on the island last July.“We women will never tire of denouncing misconduct, but it isn't enough; we need the involvement of everyone, men and women, because this fight must be cross-cutting and encompass everything from the public administration to families, culture, education and sport”.

Finally, President Juan stressed that one of the main priorities of the department she now oversees will be to denounce and combat prostitution on the island:“we must work in this regard, on policies that protect women from this scourge”.

For her part, Dolores Fernández gave a review of the activities organised throughout the month of November:
Friday 5 November
6.00pm “The reality of prostitution and sexual exploitation”. With Rocío López García, Social Intervention Specialist with Metges del Món's Blazing Trails initiative.
Sala d'Actes, Consell de Formentera, Plaça de la Constitució

Monday 8 November
7.00pm “Sexual violence and pornography”. With Towanda Rebels, Teresa Lozano and Zua Méndez.
Sala de Formació, Centre d'Esports Nàutics, La Savina

Friday 19 and Sunday 21 November
8.30pm and 8.00pm, respectively. Screening of Emerald Fennell's A Promising Young Woman.
Sala de Cultura-Cinema

Saturday 20 November
8.00pm Women's cinema. Screening of three female-produced short films.
Sala de Cultura-Cinema

Monday 22 November
8.00pm Opening of Ara jo. Photo exhibition presented by Ana Alonso.
Sala d'Exposicions“Ajuntament Vell”

Thursday 25 November
11.00am Information table and poster hanging: hang up and write new posters.
5.00pm Rally in Plaça de la Constitució. Readings by women volunteers and a reading of the manifesto for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Percussion performance by Bloco Colubraria

Friday 26 November
7.00pm Anastasia Mikova's Woman. Documentary followed by discussion with Rocío Pavón García.
Sala de Formació, Centre d'Esports Nàutics, La Savina

COVID-19 measures will be enforced at all events.

2 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Giving Formentera school children tools to stop child sexual abuse

foto 2021 formacio prevencioA series of training sessions hosted this week by the Formentera Office of Social Welfare aim to equip kindergarten and primary school children with training to prevent child sexual abuse.

The programme is led by the Help Network for Abused Children (Red de Ayuda a Niños Abusados, RANA), a socially-driven non-profit foundation in the Balearic Islands that leverages education and support networks to prevent child mistreatment and sexual abuse.

The sessions geared toward pupils in year five and six are built around the story "Kiko and the Hand", which offers age-appropriate guidance on avoiding inappropriate physical contact, reacting if necessary and asking for help.

Pupils in years one, two and three participate in 'Crida molt fort' (Shout Loud), a project that is based on the story "Estela, grita muy fuerte!" in which author Isabel Olid offers children tools to demand respect and know how to act in the event of sexual abuse.

29 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Cemetery hours on All Saints' Day

foto 2021 cementeri sfOn the occasion of All Saints' Day, the last two days of October and the first of November, the Sant Francesc municipal cemetery will observe extended hours, opening from 9.00am to 9.00pm, with doors staying open through the night on from 31 October to 1 November. Normal hours –9.00am to 6.30pm– will be observed the days immediately before and after the holiday.

The Formentera Office of Social Welfare reports that, per health authority recommendation, preventive measures will remain in place at cemetery entrances, and islanders are encouraged to anticipate their normal visit to avoid queues at entrances and privilege increased intimacy.

2 November will come with the traditional run of misses de difunts:

- 10.00am. El Pilar Parish Cemetery, officiated by mossènyer Miquel Àngel Riera.
- 11.00am. Sant Ferran Parish Cemetery, officiated by mossènyer Vicente Baudilio Piedra.
- 12 noon. Municipal Cemetery of Formentera, officiated by mossènyer Miquel Àngel Riera.
- 7.00pm. Sant Francesc Parish, officiated by mossènyer Miquel Àngel Riera.

28 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Consell unveils new round of classes on social and cultural integration for immigrants

cartell 2021 curs integracioBThe Formentera Office of Social Welfare is pleased to report that enrolment runs 20 to 29 October for the 16th round of a free course seeking to promote the social and cultural integration of recent immigrants to the island. The 20-hour course course will unfold from 2 to 25 November at Formentera’s adult learning centre. The Balearic government offers those who successfully complete the course a report accrediting their effort to integrate, and instruction is tailored to help individuals who are preparing for the CCSE citizenship test.

FOSW chief Rafael Ramírez highlighted local government’s “commitment to help immigrants integrate” and trumpeted the course as a double boost to participants: first, by facilitating students’ integration in society and second, by making sure they stay on the right side of administrative paperwork.

Interested parties should contact the FOSW by calling 971 321 271 or sending an email to immigració@conselldeformentera.cat.

13 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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