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Cash to rebuild drystone walls, bury cabling and restore cultural heritage sites

Pou MarianetThe Formentera Council's Offices of Patrimony and Rural Affairs wish to announce the forthcoming publications of a call for applications for funding to repair drystone walls, bury power or telephone cables and restore, conserve, consolidate or rehabilitate cultural heritage sites on the island. Adopted during a March 9, 2017 meeting of a committee of the Formentera Council, the conditions were published in the Balearic Islands' official gazette, el BOIB, on March 21, 2017.

Requirements to request assistance
Applications for help undertaking drystone wall and heritage site projects will be accepted from individuals who own, rent or otherwise use the site in question.

Cash for projects to underground existing power and telephone cables can be requested by parties who are directly affected by or simply interested in a project's realisation. If multiple parties are involved, a representative should be named who will facilitate contact with the administration.

Conditions and funding limits
For rebuilds or replacement of materials in walls, the administration will cover up to 60% of the project cost. Likewise, it will offer €40/m2, up to €15,000, if the landowner carries out the work directly.

In addition to subsidising the cost of executing work, the Council will also consider requests to subsidise project engineering costs and costs of conducting studies of historic buildings.

Deadline and place of submission
Applications must be submitted to the Citizen's Information Office, located at carrer Ramon Llull, 6, within 30 days of the date of publication of the call for applications on the BOIB website. Late applications, though kept on file, will not be reviewed.

Aid recipients must agree to post a plaque delivered by the Council in a visible space on the drystone wall. Cash awards may be revoked if this last condition is not met.

Youth worker training course

diverespaiThe Formentera Council's department of training and employment reports that this Monday, January 29, marked the start of a training programme for activity leaders which is being coordinated by the employment office of the Balearic Islands. Aimed at boosting the employability of young people under 30, the course will conclude in mid-June.

Fran Jurado is the instructor for the course, which consists in ten students (nine women and one man) and involves 12.5 of weekly training Thursday and Friday mornings at the Casal de Joves, the island's youth centre.

The weekly programme also incorporates 25 hours of work practice at places like Sant Ferran's Casalet, the Casal de Joves and the local basketball club. Challenges for activity leaders involve adapting to the particular social context of their placement and developing on the theories dealt with in class.

The course aims to equip students with a variety of resources, namely, the tools to facilitate activities in spaces for youngsters; the knowledge to show young audiences how to occupy their free time with recreational activities; and methods to teach values like tolerance, empathy and respect for diversity.

On completion of the training, participants will receive certification to work in the sociocultural sector with youth. Possible applications of the accreditation include sports clubs, youth centres, associations, schools, summer camps, Formentera's inflatable toy installation Diverespai and other recreational spaces for children.

Formentera Council's €140,000 in funding for local sports clubs

basquet3Funding from the Formentera Council's Office of Sport to the tune of €140,000 means the eight clubs that applied to receive help for fitness initiatives will have 90% of their costs covered.

Promoting fitness
Of the total amount, €74,000 will subsidise fitness promotion efforts that took place in 2017 at the hands of Club Dojo, SD Formentera, Club Pàdel Illa de Formentera, Club Tennis Illa de Formentera, Racing de Formentera, Grup Esportiu Espalmador, Club Bàsquet Formentera and Club de Natació Formentera.

Sports councillor Jordi Vidal called the funding “extremely important” for the clubs, and noted the administration had advanced half of the promised money to spare the clubs from shouldering the burden of fronting it themselves.

Travel costs
Approval was also given for €66,000 in handouts to cover clubs' travel costs when participating in competitions.

The financing comes in addition to the €20,000 the Council has allotted for sports federations and €10,000 it gave to three under-18 athletes in collaboration with the federation for sport in the Balearics, or FEB. Separately, the Council has also offered €18,000 in sponsorship deals to various high-level sports players.

Randa dedicates magazine's 79th issue to Formentera

Randa2Randa, a magazine published by Abadia de Montserrat and supported by the Formentera Council, has dedicated its 79th issue to the island of Formentera.

The issue, for which the twice-yearly magazine dedicated its 200 pages of content to Formentera, includes articles by Artur Parron about the communist party's conference on Formentera in 1976 —the third of its kind in the islands— and Ángel Navarro's text about Formentera's hard-fought autonomy as both a geographical area and a public authority.

In the current issue there is also an article by Esperança Marí Mayans on recent arrivals to the island and what it means to incorporate in a new society. Isidor Torres Cardona writes about the gestation of “La COP de Formentera”; Jaume Escandell Guasch looks at the intangible heritage of the Formentera and Eivissa Christmas choirs known as caramelles; Maria del Mar Joan i Marí teams up with Bernat Joan i Marí for an essay on generational transmission and attitudes towards language among Formentera's young people; and Marina Mayans Marí contributes understanding about the medicinal uses of plants and the ethnobotany of Formentera.

Council officials meet with blood and tissue bank representatives

Trobada banc de sang i teixits amb consell reduxFormentera Council president Jaume Ferrer, together with Vanessa Parellada and Sònia Cardona, the island's secretaries of social welfare and citizen participation, sat down this morning with two representatives from a regional blood and tissue bank. Ismael Gutiérrez and Estela Bellorini are, respectively, the Fundació Banc de Sanc i Teixits's director general and coordinator for Eivissa and Formentera.

In addition to serving as a progress report on the Fundació's efforts on the island, the gathering confirmed a 10% uptick in local donors last year, when 45 new registrations were recorded.

Despite frequently modest donations (only 21 in 1000 Formenterencs give blood or tissues), officials on both sides expressed high hopes the figure would continue to increase in 2018. The goal, they said, is to maximise collaborative efforts with groups on the island to educate the public and turn out potential donors.

Donating drives
Five blood and tissue drives are scheduled this year. The first, today, will go from 3.00pm to 7.30pm in the Formentera hospital. The next will take place on Monday, April 23.

The Formentera Council takes an active role in wellness and disease-prevention campaigns on the island.

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