Healthy months in Adeje

The Adeje department of health, under councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo, is working on a series of initiatives during April and May to promote better health for you and your family. This series of events kicked off on April 7th, World Health Day.

Councillor Trujillo Bencomo emphasised, “these programmes will be rolled out over April and May, promoting health through different interventions, fundamentally educational projects, directed and designed for the population in general.

The activities will be free and open to all. “We want to inform, raise awareness and educate people regarding proper health care, promoting healthy life styles, illness prevention and in general improving the quality of the life of the community” said the councillor.

This week, on Thursday April 11th, at 6pm, there is a workshop on mindfulness and interpersonal relations with psychologist Berta Inés Pérez, and after Easter week, on April 23rd a talk and workshop on basic techniques for physical exercise, and on April 25th an event for parents on how to prevent drug consumption in the family.

In May, on the 9th and 16th, there will be events on first aid, and on coronary care. Both will be given by Ismael Melián, a qualified nurse. Finally on May 23rd and 28th, athlete Cathaysa Delgado and nurse and physical trainer Enrique Pérez will host workshops on healthy physical exercise and on accident prevention respectively. All workshops are in Spanish.

 

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New autism centre opens in Adeje

 

Just recently the non-profit organisation Autismo Sur – mi lado azul (my blue side) was launched in Adeje. The association’s mission is to improve the quality of life of those with ASD (autism spectrum disorder – aka TEA in Spanish) and that of their families, with services, specialised assistance, and also increasing public awareness about ASD and the need for increased respect of the rights of all to a proper inclusion in our society.

The association will have the help of the Canarian Autism Federation, run by parents and professionals dealing with ASD, lobbying for needed services and family assessments, as well as specialised training and education.

The association was born in 2017 with the main goal being to help society in general understand autism, at a personal and professional level. Carmen Fernández, the president of the association, says that is why they have launched their current campaign, ‘conecTEA’ working with therapists, from school to home. In other words, she explains, working to fully educate all those who are in contact with the person with autism in their daily lives.

The association is placing special emphasis on working to help in the family setting, finding out how to help and improve assistance in the home.

Attending the official launch of the association here in Adeje were the councillors for health, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, for tourism Ermitas Moreira García, and for heritage, Desiderio Afonzo Ruiz.

 

 

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Adeje opens a regional LGBTIQ public office

Recently the Adeje council opened a new service, the first regional office in South Tenerife to attend to the LGBTIQ public in particular. With the Algarabía association and the Red Prisma, the initiative works to meet the demands of this collective, and work to extend the remit to a wider public, improving public services in general for the LGBTIQ members of our society.

The Algarabía office is based in the department of health where other public services such as InfoSex, services for women, the consumers’ office, the oncology service with the Spanish cancer association and other personal attention offices are located.

Health protection councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo said “this is an important moment for us as we are delighted to add Algarabía public office to our list of services, as people who work with us for the rights of lesbians, gays, transsexuals, bisexuals, inter-sexuals and others. We have given over this office so that the groups can work together to meet their needs and the demands of many people affected, above all offer social services, personalised attention and work to defend the rights of all.”

The decision to locate the office here has relevance too, says the councillor, as it is beside the Plaza Pedro Zerolo, named for a man who worked tirelessly for equality, diversity and social inclusion.

The office will be open to the public on Fridays from 9am – 1pm. Charlie Marrero, president of Algarabía, commented, “The LGBTI collective is one of the groups suffering most discrimination, with our data showing that 17% of those identifying as LGBTI and in secondary school attempting suicide, 40% suffering bullying in school, 85% of transsexuals reporting discrimination in the workplace, and a huge number of incidents and reports of crimes against members of the collective”.

Carmen Lucia Rodríguez del Toro, councillor for equality, underlined the fact that the council has been working in recent years “to give these collectives the tools they need to help in increasing their visibility. This new service will help in bringing the collective together, as well as helping, we believe, their families and the public in general. The collective need a safe space where they can work, propose and discuss ideas and look for solutions. In this way Adeje is looking to advance, and continue to push for inclusion, respect for sexual diversity, and above all work to ensure that people are safe, happy, and respected.”

The Adeje office will also be a data collection point for the south of Tenerife, which in turn will be a tool in the evolution of political strategies for the collective, working to reduce and eradicate LGBTI phobia.

The association president ended by stating that the “Canaries is one of the autonomous regions in Spain where sexual diversity is most accepted and that has been made possible thanks to the work of collectives working alongside the public councils and administrations. Having an office here is vital for the collective because it brings us closer to the people, offering help, and accompanying individuals when and where necessary. In the near future we should be able to establish a system of referrals between town halls, the Prisma network and Algarabía”.

 

 

 

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A happy tail!

Volunteers now working in the municipal animal rescue centre

On Friday February 22nd the first volunteer carers began their activities in the Adeje animal rescue centre, with 7 individuals who have met all the requirements needed to be allowed care for these animals. From now on this team of people – which can include up to 3 more – can take responsibility for walking dogs, brushing and shampooing them, playing and training in socialisation, as well as helping during puppy feeds.

The activities that the volunteer team will be involved in will never include the work of the centre’s full time staff, such as preparing the food for the animals, cleaning the installations, administering medicines, etc. Those animals listed as potentially dangerous will always be handled by personnel from the council who are in possession of the correct licences to do so.

Health councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo, said, “this is a great move for the borough, to have the team of volunteers now active in the centre. This is an important moment for us who have spent time preparing the regulations to allow these volunteers to participate and to ensure the Centre is properly run.

“We have been delighted to engage with volunteers who want to help and contribute to the development of these pets in the centre, a terrific reflection of the kind of people we have, who are ready and willing to take these volunteer duties on”.

Among the requirements for the seven people who have begun their volunteer work, as well as confirming they are over 18, are a medical certificate stating they are not ill, and a judicial declaration stating that they have never been reported or convicted of animal abuse or arrested for mistreating a domestic pet. In parallel they have to officially demonstrate that they are a member of a legally constituted non-profit volunteer organisation which is properly constituted.

The seven individuals have also had to undergo a period of obligatory practical sessions over a month, after which they were presented with an accreditation by the council. Any volunteer can be active for up to a year whereupon they need to reapply, and in this way the centre can ensure that more people who wish to volunteer have the opportunity to do so.

Those who do qualify must commit to at least 50% of the established hours they are signed up for on a monthly basis, carry out the allocated activity in the hours assigned for it and follow the instructions of the responsible personnel in the Centre.

The rules also state that the volunteer may not carry out administrative functions nor access the veterinary area nor play with animals who are waiting to be collected by their new owners, change the cages of the animals, give the animals food or drink, clean the quarters and/or toys of the animals, etc. These functions are solely the responsibility of the staff members of the Centre.

The rules under which the Centre’s volunteers will operate have been laid out in law ‘4/1998, 15 de mayo de Voluntariado de Canarias’ and were approved in plenary session by the council. To apply there must be volunteer vacancy free and the panel will give priority to those who have not previously worked as a volunteer in the Centre, the objective being to allow more people participate. The full regulations are available to consult online, www.adeje.es.

 

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Adeje marks World Cancer Day

The Adeje department of health protection is well aware that for those who have cancer or are caring for someone with cancer, every day is important. This is why the department is working all year around offering co-operation with an integrated oncology needs programme that is run by the AECC, the Spanish Cancer Association. Through the service the council is able to offer residents of Adeje a multitude of free services, psychological consultations, physiotherapy, transport, water-based therapies to prevent Lymphedema, etc.

According to the Adeje councillor for health, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, “here in Adeje we are actively working to help and support those persons affected by cancer. Our oncology service is used by many people who can count upon discretion and care, as we know this is a vulnerable time for them, and our job is to help in improving their quality of life too”.

This morning, February 4th, World Cancer Day, a banner was hung outside the main Town Hall with various ribbons signifying different forms of cancer, and for the next three days the Plaza de España will be lit up in green to mark the on-going fight against cancers of all kinds.

All the services on offer through the Adeje department of health protection and the AECC are free and accessed through the department offices in Calle Tinerfe el Grande 32 (beside the main post office), and all requests for information and assistance will be handled with discretion and in confidence.

 

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Dedicated Callao Salvaje couple get special Mayoral ‘thank you’

 

The Callao Salvaje Carol Concert is now a firm fixture in the Adeje Christmas calendar

Every year hundreds of residents and visitors, from all nationalities, come together in Callao Salvaje on December 23rd, for a multilingual multicultural carol concert. This event, now a firm favourite in the Adeje Christmas calendar, is courtesy of the work of local Scottish residents Ken and Caroline Cumming, and this year, marking the 10th anniversary of the event, the couple received a special plaque for the mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodriguez Fraga, in recognition of their work in this regard.

Also present at the presentation of the plaque was Amada Trujillo Bencomo, councillor for Callao Salvaje. The couple also work closely with the department for citizen participation under councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares, in the organisation of the annual event.

The mayor thanked the couple stating, “We are so grateful to you for the work you do, for the interest you show and for the collaboration you give in a selfless way, for the benefit of all. I firmly believe that is the right path to follow, that our residents are involved in activities that help everyone and work towards the building of a better world where respect, solidarity, help and support for everyone is the keystone of our advancement”.

Ken and Caroline arrived to Tenerife almost 15 years ago, initially running a language school. Just over ten years ago they moved to Callao Salvaje to open up the Callao Salvaje Community Church. Ken says, “We thought, as it was coming up to Christmas, that it would be good to have an outdoor carol service. We approached Adeje for permission and this was granted, along with some practical support.” The first year there were about 150 people in attendance, and it has grown over the years, “with the invaluable support from Adeje Council, the Alcalde, various councillors, including our local councillor, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, the culture department and now the citizen participation department.” The Adeje school of music has also been a very active participant and we can boast that Agoney sang for us before he became famous.”

As part of the event, they also collect toys for Adeje social services and non-perishable foods for the food bank. Ken commented, “We seek to help and support every resident both physically and spiritually in our small area in Adeje, and by doing so, we want to demonstrate how much God loves all of us”.

 

 

 

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Integrated cancer care a priority

The Adeje council’s departments of Health and of Social Welfare, with councillors Amada Trujillo Bencomo and Isabel Fernández González respectively, have signed an agreement renewing their commitment to the programme for “integrated care for oncology patients in Adeje”, in partnership with the Spanish cancer association, the AECC.

Both councillors said that the kind of services that the programme can offer are not part of the usual local authority services, so they sought the collaboration of the AECC to be able to provide this kind of assistance programme. Amada Trujillo Bencomo says that thanks to that commitment, “Adeje now has the necessary resources to offer help at psychological, social and health levels, both for those affected directly by cancer as well as their families. This assistance is available from the moment a diagnosis is received through treatment and operations, and, if the cancer leads to a patient death, assistance for the family is there if requested or required.

The programme is currently used by 122 persons in Adeje who are affected in some way, in particular those with reduced economic resources and who need specialised care and attention. The overall aim of the programme is to improve the health and quality of life of those affected by any type of cancer. The offices are based in the Adeje department of health, (C/Tinerfe el Grande 32, Edificio de usos multiples, 1º floor), Monday to Friday, 8am – 3pm.

Also present at the signing of the agreement were AECC provincial president Juan Julio Fernández Rodríguez, director Carlota Cobo Hernández and Maria Dolores Sebares, a member of the executive committee of the association.

The AECC is a non-profit making private organisation with offices and representatives all over Spain. It works to raise funds for investment in research and offers help to those living with and fighting cancer.

 

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Healthy lifestyle choices

Adeje’s part in the III Regional Workshop on health promotion

Recently Adeje took part in a regional workshop on health promotion, an initiative designed to help councils and cabildos work on an overall health strategy for the region as part of the national health programme.

At the event different councils presented prevention projects they are working on and the workshop also discussed how other international zones (Azores, Canarias, Cape Verde, Madeir ) work to combine promotion and prevention with public health services in an efficient and qualitative manner, improving the health and quality of life of the citizens.
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Adeje’s health councillor, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, said that although “Adeje has only been part of this forum since 2017, we have been committed to promoting healthier lifestyles in our local population for a lot longer, as an effective strategy for disease prevention….we work from a integrated perspective, and are presenting the projects we have undertaken to improve the health of our people”.

Among those strategies in place is better coordination of health resources locally and inter—sectoral education in the community. Here too there are projects helping educate the younger population about healthy choices, classes for pregnant women, and workshops for those older residents to aid them in maintaining a level of autonomy regardless of age.

At the meeting there was a call for the signing, as soon as possible, of a covenant between the department of health, the regional government and the councils to implement a national health promotion plan which would also tackle the need to reduce health-related waiting lists.

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Adeje’s stand against breast cancer

 

This morning, just before noon, a large group of Adeje council elected officials, staff and members of the public gathered together on the steps of the Town Hall to mark World Breast Cancer Day. The event was organised by the Adeje councillor for health, Amada Trujillo Bencomo in conjunction with the AECC, the Spanish cancer association. Later on this afternoon, at 6.30pm, there is a talk/workshop on oncological physiotherapy in the CDTCA (Costa Adeje Centre for Tourism Development).

The councillor said she was sending a message of support to all women and men who are currently fighting this cancer, and urged everyone to remember to have annual check-ups. “I want to remind people of the importance of regular check-ups in the prevention of breast cancer. This is a disease that we can fight before it advances, so early detection and prevention are vital”, she said.

The Adeje council offers a range of services to people with breast cancer and their families, and the department of health has been working to improve the integrated services for oncology patients in the borough. There is also an aquatic programme in the prevention of lymphatic obstruction and a free hospital transport service for patients who need treatment, offered in conjunction with the AECC and the Walk for Life foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Pink

 

The Pink Room/Sala Rosa celebrates three years in existence this month.  Inaugurated in October 2015 by the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and health councillor Amada Trujllo Bencomo, the Room was born from a need, identified by the Walk for Life foundation, for a space for sufferers of breast cancer and their families.

It offers a place to meet others, for information and help socially and professionally.  The Pink Room, having listened to many women’s issues post-mastectomy, also started the BRA project which now offers every single women here who has had breast removal surgery a custom-made special post-op bra, fabricated from non-abrasive material, fitted, closing in front, etc.

The Pink Room has also run yoga classes, pelvic floor sessions, workshops and talks post-op care, healthy eating, etc.  according to the Walk for Life president Brigitte Gypen.  She and councillor Trujillo Bencomo were in attendance at the 3rd anniversary celebrations alongside many of the users of the Room and their families.

A Swim for Life was held last weekend and the annual Walk for Life takes place in December. The Pink Room is in the Adeje ‘Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia’, in La Nieves with activities every Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm.