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Consell signs €30,000 deal with NGO Formenterers Solidaris

foto 2020 solidarisEarlier today, Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer and Maria Costa, chair of Formenterers Solidaris, put their signatures on a deal to afford the local NGO assistance to the tune of €30,000. Subject to annual renewal and valued at €3,000 in 2019, the assistance package has grown ten-fold in 2020 to met the evolving needs around the Covid-19 public health crisis.

The money will fund food packages for at-risk individuals and families, and the assistance will be administered with help from the Department of Social Welfare. Department chief Rafael Ramírez was on hand at the signing as well, along with the group’s secretary, Teresa Costa. The €30,000 assistance package will benefit a food voucher programme, food deliveries and other initiatives. Ferrer and Ramírez thanked the representatives of the non-profit for their work in support of some of the most vulnerable members of the local population.

9 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Centre de Dia reopens 1 June for one-on-one service by appointment

foto 2020 reobertura centre dia 1The Formentera Department of Social Welfare reports that starting Monday 1 June, the island’s daytime adult care centre will welcome islanders once again for one-on-one service by appointment.

Department chief Rafael Ramírez explained that with personalised service, priority would go to individuals most in-need — those with a higher degree of dependency and whose carers must work. Ramírez pledged local government would “always be on the side of our beneficiaries’ carers and family members” and saluted the efforts under confinement of Centre de Dia personnel.

Ramírez pointed out that “together with closing old persons’ clubs, suspending in-person care at the facility was among the first steps taken by the Consell, even before emergency orders were proclaimed”.

Support will continue over the phone and internet and with at-home service for those who cannot or prefer not to travel to the Centre de Dia.

In compliance with distancing measures under the state of emergency, capacity will be limited to 30%.

Upon entry, and in line with recommendations from public health authorities, all Centre de Dia visitors will be subject to a strict control of safety protocol, including hand washing, temperature check, face mask and adequate distancing. The Centre de Dia must provide any recommended protective gear.

30 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell de Formentera facilitates internet access for pupils with online coursework

The Consell de Formentera has handed out cards enabling a telephone-based internet connection to pupils who need the digital resource to continue their studies. Thirty-two families responded to a related offer by the local social welfare office to request the service. With Formentera’s Department of New Technologies overseeing logistics, the Vodafone telecom company donated 50 connection cards facilitating free internet access to school children. To request one of the remaining 18 cards still available, islanders are encouraged to send an email to benestarsocial@conselldeformentera.cat or telephone 971 32 12 71.

The Consell also helped deliver computers and other digital equipment to schools where pupils without a home internet connection were given the chance to request the material on loan. Meanwhile, the education office proposed guidance to families that opted for the service. The aim of the initiatives is to give pupils a way to follow classes online while the Covid-19 crisis prevents a return to the classroom. The Consell de Formentera wishes to applaud the work of the Civil Protection volunteers responsible for distribution.


26 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

‘Talks for families and teachers’ closes with Estela Berenguer on “Formentera es queda a casa”

cartell v2020 xerradesThe Formentera Department of Social Welfare reports that social educator and family mediator Estela Berenguer will wrap up the lecture series ‘Xerrades per a famílies i docents’ (Talks for families and teachers) by unpacking the debate on punishments and rewards. “Recompenses i càstigs en polèmica” will air live on the Formentera es queda a casa Facebook page at 5.00pm on Thursday 21 May.

Thursday’s lecture concludes the nine-part series that began 10 October and which social welfare conseller Rafael Ramírez described as “a place to learn and share knowledge and experience with professionels about topics related to our children’s education”. “In the space of a year the number of lectures has jumped from five to nine, nearly doubling”, said Ramírez, who offered that, for the Formentera Department of Social Welfare, the aim of the initiative is “give families tools for tackling these issues”.

The FDSW-sponsored series received extra help from the island’s office of education, teachers’ resource centre and federation of parents.

19 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Donated masks for workers and islanders

foto mascaretes endesa2The Consell de Formentera fire brigade received a donation of 500 FFP2-rated masks from Endesa. The protective gear will be distributed on the island, including to staff of the social welfare department, firefighters and local law enforcement.

The Magniflex company, whose owners have close ties to the island, additionally donated one thousand single-use masks to the local government. They are currently being handed out to islanders.

The Consell de Formentera has created a team of information agents, or informadors, who are stationed street-side in the main towns of the island to get residents up to speed on the latest news and guidelines.


14 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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