In-house training on children’s rights

 

Coinciding with the International Day of the Family, May 15th, the Adeje council’s department of special welfare and attention to diversity and children organised a series of training events in conjunction with the Cabildo Infants and Family unit and the Asociación Mundo Nuevo. The training was for the personnel of different departments who have regular contact with families and children.

According to the councillor with responsibility for the area, Isabel Fernández González, this kind of ‘refreshment’ training and sharing experiences “is an enriching practise and underlines the council’s commitment to proper treatment of our citizens. We know that the council’s staff is involved in this move to improve the service and it is thanks to the teams we have in place that we are able to attend to the needs of the many families in the borough”.

Jesús Eloy Gaspar Pérez, psychologist, was the expert invited to lead the training using various activities. The participants debated how families are treated. They also looked at how too often today, both with children and adults, we are not using phrases like “please” and “thank you”. He asked people to consider a number of questions, “what does ‘treatment’ mean”, “what do I think is ‘good?”.

The workshop identified five ‘needs’ in the protocol for the evaluation of the protection of the child, social, emotional, cognitive, safety and physical, to ensure that a child’s development is harmonious. At the same time he stressed that there are many different kinds of families so the needs of the child must be assessed within that acceptance.

The training sessions were also an important reinforcement of the way different departments are working in conjunction and looked ahead to future joint activities, with an acceptance that in many cases a cross-departmental approach is hugely relevant in a public administrative body such as this.

 

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Can your family cook?

 

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Next Saturday, November 12th, in the CDTCA (Costa Adeje Centre for Tourism Development) from 10am the first Family Cookery competition will take place, with families (one adult, father, mother or legal guardian, and two children between the ages of 6 and 11) competing against each other.

The event, under the Degusta.Me gastronomy label, will require competing families to prepare one healthy dish using the following ingredients – chicken, garlic, onion, green and red peppers, carrots, green beans, courgette and mushrooms.

According to the councillor responsible for Degusta.Me, Manuel Luis Méndez Martín, “what we are hoping to achieve with this idea is to open up the notion of family cooking. Cooking is a great way of spending time together and can be a really healthy alternative activity”.

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Each group will have a work table, a hob, cooking instruments, an oven, etc., as well as a pantry. The order in which the families will prepare their food will be decided by a draw which will be held half an hour before the competition begins. The preparation and cooking time is one and a half hours.

The jury will be made up of three members of ACYRE (the Canarian Association of Chefs and Bakers) and will award points for flavour, creative use of ingredients, presentation, originality, order and cleanliness in the work zone and the active participation of the children. The top three families will receive a diploma as well as a selection of cookery products. Furthermore the top family will win a meal for four in a gourmet restaurant in Adeje.

Further details and the rules of the competition are available in the Adeje webpage, www.adeje.es, in the Degusta.Me section. Interested families can register by email to empresas@adeje.es, sending the completed forms, your recipe, and including a photograph of the family group that will be taking part, with names and ages of all participants. You have until November 10th to enter.

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International Women’s Day in Adeje

 

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The council programme underlines the importance of health, family, art, literature and education
The recognition of the role of women in many aspects of daily life marks the series of events designed by the Adeje council in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, and in fact throughout the month of March. The department of equality has designed a programme which will also look at the issues of health, art, the family, education and literature and the role women play in all these fields.

“Our objective is that this year March 8th is not celebrated in isolation or is simply a single day’s commemoration of women in society, so we have, in recent years, organised a series of events that are focussed on the re-evaluation and recognition of the value of the part women play in all walks of life, today and in the past. Our hope is that as many men as women will participate in many of the acts planned throughout the month as all can benefit from the search for equality”, commented equality councillor Carmen Lucia Rodríguez del Toro,

The health-related activities are free and should be booked in advance and include a workshop on breathing by psychologist Berta Perez Gomez on March 3rd at 6pm, in the Adeje Cultural Centre, and a Spa visit on March 4th at 7pm.

On March 8th, the International Women’s Day celebrations will be marked by the inauguration of an art exhibition, Mujeres Adeje-Creativa (Adeje Women- Creativity) at 6pm, in the Adeje Cultural Centre, and this will be followed up with a talk by art historian Elisa Falcón Lisón looking at portraits as mirrors of women in art. That’s on March 10th, at 6pm, and is also free.

On Friday March 11th the Adeje council will present their annual Abinque prize, given to a woman or collective that have contributed to the advancement of women in Adeje, personally and/professionally. This will be followed by a dinner in the CDTCA, and tickets can be obtained in the Equality Departoment which is in the council office building next to the Post Office.

Families and in particular children will be the subject of a series of activities in the second half of the month and on March 16th Patricia Ojeda will give a workshop on motivating your children to improve learning skills and study efficiently. That’s at 6pm in the Cultural Centre and will be followed at 8pm by a theatre performance by the Tamaska company using the works of some of Spain’s most recognised authors to challenge the position of women in society and perceived social norms and order.

On March 20th in the Adeje Youth Centre there will be a homage to Canarian author Digna Palou and the month will conclude with a workshop on men and paternity given by Argelio González, the president of the Canarian Association of Men for Equality, on March 31st at 6pm in the Cultural Centre in Adeje. The series of events will end on April 2nd with a visit to Puerto de la Cruz .

All of the information and more is available on the Adeje webpage, www.adeje.es or via App Adeje on Google Play or App store.

Adeje Introduces Free HIV Testing Service

Regional director general for public health José Díaz - Flores Estévez and the mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga

Regional director general for public health José Díaz – Flores Estévez and the mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga

This week the regional director general for public health José Díaz – Flores Estévez and the mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, presented a pilot project including a sexual information service and early rapid HIV detection testing. The service will be available in the Adeje health promotion department in the Centre for Tourism Development Costa Adeje (CDTCA) and testing will be carried out on Mondays and Thursdays, with an appointment, that can be made by phoning 922-756-257 or 922-756-244.

The object of the service is to offer information that should improve the general population’s awareness of sexually transmitted infections, reduce the incidence of HIV as well as unwanted pregnancies. The free testing service will be carried out in the presence of trained personnel and offers a guarantee of total confidentiality and should help those who, says the mayor, may not wish to go to their local health centre or talk to the own GP about testing. There will be personnel who will be able to assist people who have limited or no Spanish.
The mayor said they were already working with a sex education programme through local schools and secondary which was designed to give young people the knowledge they needed to develop their own sexuality independently and without risks. “We worry about the health of our citizens”, he said, “and we have felt it necessary to promote an educational campaign which will promote a healthier safer life for all. That’s why we are creating this Sex Information Point which will help people with their sexual orientation as well as the creation of a HIV testing centre that is discreet, with personalised attention and quick results”.

The regional director general for public health said that this was a pilot project, and if the results were good it would be repeated in other parts of the islands. “Illnesses caused by sexually transmission are a cause of worry for the administrations, particularly heath bodies. The most worrying is HIV. In the Canary Islands we are seeing 250 new cases annually, and the problem nationally and internationally is that 30 % of those who are infected don’t know, and therefore we have to reinforce the need for early detection which will prevent the development of other parallel infections and greatly improve the quality of life of the person who is HIV positive”.
Flores Estévez said that the profile of those diagnosed with HIV has changed, and today the largest group are those who are infected through unprotected sex – 93.7 of which 71% are men who have sexual relations with other men. Only 3.4% of new cases are as a result of intravenous drug use

The project includes a number of other initiatives such as an awareness raising drive among the public with social and professional agencies working together in education, with associations and families offering a series of talks and workshops on sexual behaviour and better health. There will also be prevention projects aimed at the borough’s young people and talks for parents and educators in co-ordination with local health centres, social services and youth groups.

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The staff who will be carrying out the HIV testing service are health professionals who will adhere to a rigid and approved protocol based on confidentiality and the rights of those using the service. The regional department of public health is assisting in the carrying out of the tests which can be done either via oral fluid or digital blood testing (OraQuick Advance and INSTI HIV-1/2 respectively). The test results are known within 20 minutes. Prior to administering the test the person seeking the test will be told about what it entails and a quick interview will be held solely to determine if it is really necessary. Throughout the entire procedure the intimacy of the person seeking the test is respected.