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13 complete social and cultural integration course offered by Consell de Formentera

foto 2021 curs integYesterday was the last day of class for 13 islanders enrolled in a course on social and cultural integration organised by the Formentera Department of Social Welfare. Hailing from multiple countries of origin, participants attended classes this March at Formentera’s adult learning centre, the current edition marking the 15th round of instruction since the course first began.

After watching diplomas handed out, social welfare councillor Rafael Ramírez applauded students’ effort and interest and pointed out that the regional government-issued certificates of completion would be valid for CCSE citizenship tests and to demonstrate integration during the early phases of a person’s stay in Spain.

This year class size was limited to ensure compliance with Covid-19 safety protocol. Instructor Dolores Fernández Tamargo covered topics including Spanish constitutional values, human rights and civil liberties, the Balearic Statute of Autonomy, the European Union and gender equality, among others.

31 March 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Day Centre reopens

The Formentera Department of Social Welfare reports that the island’s adult day care facility has reopened for normal service today after six staff in close contact with a Covid-19-positive beneficiary tested negative for the disease and completed a mandatory period of isolation. The Formentera Day Centre closed on 25 February following news of the individual’s positive test results, with users and employees of the centre screened wholesale as a result. The screenings came back negative, as did two rounds of PCR tests administered to the close contacts.

Service beneficiaries and staff have all been vaccinated, which reduces the odds of a Covid-19 case becoming serious.

8 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Neuroscience expert David Bueno leads Thursday’s ‘Talks for families’

cartell 2021 11 marcDavid Bueno, doctor of biology and professor and researcher at University of Barcelona, will lead a discussion entitled “Learning from change and uncertainty: a neuroeducational perspective”. Broadcast on the Consell de Formentera Facebook page, the talk is part of the “Talks for families” series hosted by the Formentera Department of Social Welfare. Bueno will trace how the brain adapts to changes in uncertain times and give tips on managing these changes from an educational perspective.

8 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Day Centre stays closed following new Covid case

The Formentera Department of Social Welfare reports that the island’s dependent adult day care facility will remain closed this week after a local service user tested positive for Covid-19. Per public health protocol, the six carers in close contact with the patient, whose case remains active, must stay home and isolate. Screenings administered last week to day centre beneficiaries and personnel came back negative. If no new cases emerge, the Formentera Day Centre will reopen Monday 8 March.

3 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

‘Now more than ever, practise emotional self-care’ send-off comes as island exits enhanced tier 4 protocol

cartell 2021 ara mes que mai CaIn the fourth and final video instalment of “Ara més que mai, cuidem les nostres emocions” (Now more than ever, practise emotional self-care) out today, viewers meet Bartolo, Mari, Elma and Adel. Though the pandemic has robbed this Formentera family of many things, it has given them something extremely precious: family time! Pictured below, two associated posters will be shared today on Consell de Formentera social media accounts.

Local premiere Alejandra Ferrer applauded the stars of the campaign, insisting their participation “has helped us to offer islanders messages of hope, and to look on the bright side even as Formentera was subject to the severe limitations of enhanced tier 4 public health orders”. “Everyone on the island could have starred in one of these videos, because the pandemic has affected all of us”, asserted Ferrer, who also had this to ask of islanders: “Though ‘Now more than ever’ has concluded, we need for its spirit to live on, for public health and economic crises continue, and sacrifice will be a crucial part of guaranteeing public health safety. Emotional self-care will remain every bit as important in the days ahead.”

The first ‘Now more than ever’ instalment coincided with introduction of tier 4 public health protocol on 3 February. Today, 26 February, islanders will see the campaign’s conclusion.

Juanjo Escandell became the first star of the ‘Now more than ever’ video vignettes when the Formentera native let camera crews in on his pandemic-survival secret (jogging), urging islanders to hang in there and take advantage of Formentera’s treasure trove of hidden opportunities.

Featured in the second video was Elena Lisbona, a local nurse with her own tips for trouncing Covid-19: walks on the beach, talks with loved ones and support from friends.

The third instalment in the series introduced viewers to Pep de n’Andreu, a native islander born during the Spanish Civil War who said his pandemic-survival strategy was the product of a life’s experience. Pep sees the vaccine as offering a path to normality, and, until we get there, finds solace in fieldwork!

“May all of us find that unique trick to making it through these unusual times”, offered Ferrer. “Soon these memories will only serve to remind us to appreciate the big little things”, concluded Ferrer.

The four videos and nine posters of ‘Now more than ever, practise emotional self-care’ are available here.

26 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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