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“Formentera es queda a casa” says goodbye with video homage to everyone who made it possible

foto comiat formenesquedaacasaThe Consell de Formentera reports that this Sunday will come with the final post from the Facebook account “Formentera es queda a casa”. As the island prepares to enter phase 3 of de-escalation on Monday 1 June, Formentera bids farewell to the profile that for nearly two and a half months kept us entertained and informed.

Since the account went online, it has attracted 1,650 followers and shared some 120 videos, almost all locally produced, and authored roughly 260 posts. Figuring among the wide-ranging content were hometown musicians trying hard to raise the spirits of their fellow islanders, fitness classes, mental-health guidance and recipes with ideas to sweeten the moment.

Home-bound formenterers fought off boredom and stayed abreast of current events with a daily test of their local knowledge, theatrical productions and performances from local actors, kids’ storytimes, a writers’ clinic, tips about caring for the environment, exhibits, film, art and book recommendations, plus content shared by the Escola de Música i Dansa, Casal de Joves, local nurseries and youth health initiative Formentera Marxa. “Formentera es queda a casa” also aired a live-cast of the three final ‘Talks for families and teachers’ series.

Before going dark on Sunday 31 May (for good, we hope), the profile will go out with a thank-you video—for everyone who pitched in to create content, and all the followers who connected and engaged from the start. And nothing’s disappearing: all the same info can still be accessed on the Consell’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, the Facebook pages of the sports office, nurseries, Agenda Formentera, the cinema and school of music and dance, and over the Instagram handles of the Casal de Joves and Formentera Marxa.

29 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera increases 2020 funding for Formenterers Solidaris ten-fold

Following the efforts of a government committee, the Consell de Formentera green-lighted €30,000 for the local association Formenterers Solidaris. Made possible by a collaborative agreement between the two parties and happening in coordination with the Formentera Department of Social Welfare, the assistance will go to food packages for vulnerable families and individuals on the island.

Alejandra Ferrer pointed out the figures marked a ten-fold uptick compared to other years (in 2019 funding for the group totalled €3,000), explaining the increase was about “supporting the group’s efforts to extend a helping hand to some of Formentera’s most at-risk—work that is now, in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, more important than ever”.

After emergency orders aimed at tackling the coronavirus public health crisis and in light of the significant toll the situation has already taken on the economy, particularly local families, urgent coordinated action to address social needs is crucial.

Formenterers Solidaris is the only locally-based non-profit group devoted to helping Formentera residents facing poverty and other social hardships. Operating chiefly thanks to donations, the group works to connect underprivileged Formentera people and families with food and clothes, namely through the food bank initiative, El Banc d’Aliments. Care packages include essential, non-perishable goods and things like baby formula and nappies.

28 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Minute of silence to honour Covid-19 victims

foto 2020 minut de silenciAt 12 noon today and following an announcement by the Consell de Formentera, the island paid tribute to victims of the Covid-19 pandemic with a minute in silence. Standing in solidarity on the steps of the Casa Consistorial were Consell president Alejandra Ferrer, the rest of the local cabinet, members of the opposition and administration staff.

Following an announcement yesterday from the government in Madrid, the country will observe an official ten-day period of mourning from 6 June. During this time, the Consell de Formentera standard will fly at half past in memory of victims.

27 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell unlocks €30K in funding for old persons’ group in La Mola

foto 2020 conveni majors la molaAlejandra Ferrer, chief of the local government, and Jaume Escandell, president of the Associació de Majors del Pilar, put their signatures on a pact granting the seniors’ group temporary use of parts of La Mola’s Casa del Poble and funding for upkeep and operations, including efforts to encourage association- and community-based activities on Formentera in 2020. The island’s deputy chief of government and head of the Department of the Elderly, Ana Juan, was also present at the signing.

Under the deal, the Consell de Formentera pledges €30,000 to support the group’s activities and cover costs. The agreement also means the Associació de Majors promises to host pro bono events at least once a week, except in summertime, oversee access to the Casa del Poble computer lab, and generally enliven the social dynamics of El Pilar de la Mola—often referred to simply as La Mola.

The Consell de Formentera can also use the Casa del Poble for local events, and the Associació de Majors agrees to assist in logistical support and oversee the opening and closing of facilities.

28 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Local cabinet urges Govern to implement 061 service on island

On behalf of the governing team of the Consell de Formentera, social welfare chief Rafael Ramírez will use the upcoming monthly full-house assembly to float a proposal to push the Balearic health ministry to “implement measures necessary to establish” a base for the 061 emergency response service at the Formentera Hospital. The proposal underlines the need to coordinate the service’s jumpstarting with the reopening of borders, and to separate patients with respiratory symptoms.

In addition to asking for a reactivation of the 061 service, the proposal points to the importance —irrespective of any 061 service changes— of once again reinforcing staff if activity at the hospital returns to 2016 levels.

“More than just summer reinforcements”
Conseller Ramírez said that amid the current public health crisis, “a rethinking of circuits at every level of government is imperative. It’s something that the administration is cognizant of”. But, he continued, “the 061 service isn’t just about giving Formentera a needed summertime boost; we’re talking about enabling our hospital to properly care for patients based on the presence or absence of respiratory symptoms”.

The proposal underscores physical distancing and hand-washing as tried-and-tested Covid-19 protocol, saying they are the reason hospitals are currently seeing differentiated circuits based on whether or not patients display respiratory symptoms. However, certain circumstances —when both a doctor and nurse are dispatched on an ambulance call, for instance— make putting in place such circuits more complicated.

According to Ramírez, “a differentiated 061 service at the hospital would mean the possibility of differentiated circuits if new travel conditions, and the attendant influx of residents and visitors, lead to new Covid-19 cases”.

21 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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