Siam Mall’s social responsibility

Siam Mall has donated school materials to families in need

The Adeje councillor for social welfare, Isabel Fernández González, was in Siam Mall earlier this week to meet with the centre’s manager Hugo Gil and collect a donation of school materials for Adeje families in need.

Earlier this month the centre also hosted a school book exchange programme as well as giving out materials – note books, pencils and pens, etc. “The day was a huge success”, said Gil. “This was our first time to host an event of this kind and we were delighted with the outcome”. Next year they are already planning to repeat the exchange and hopefully get more people involved. “As part of Siam Mall’s ‘corporative social responsibility’ this is an important theme, and more so when we have the chance to talk to children involved”.

The Adeje councillor said “it is so important that society in involved in these kind of solidarity initiatives, and we are fortunate that many of our local institutions as well as individuals do contribute and work with our department to help those in the borough that are less fortunate. When Siam Mall got in touch with us to ask how they could help we came up with the book exchange idea as this is a huge cost for families particularly at the start of the school year. This was the first year and we look forward to many more similar initiatives as they really do benefit so many families here.”

 

 

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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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Charity begins at home!

Donation by children from 6th class, Las Torres, CEIP

The 6th class students from CEIP Las Torres recently called into the Adeje food bank centre to hand over a large donation of food and hygienic products . The class are taking part in the Tincer II Solidarity Olympics which asks participating schools to make a solidarity donation in the borough they live.

The Adeje councillor for social welfare, Isabel Fernández González, was delighted to accept the donation and told the children it would be very welcome and given to those most in need.

“This group of young people have worked on this marvellous initiative and their willingness to show concern for other people is to be congratulated. We are delighted to see this centre, and the other schools in Adeje, teaching values such as solidarity as a primary axis in developing ideas and actions. On behalf of the council I thank them and invite everyone to work on these kind of initiatives that help improve the lives of all our people.”

The councillor presented a special certificate to the students thanking them for their donation and congratulating them on their positive thinking.

 

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Gala Lyric concert in aid of Asociación San Juan

 

A host of artists will perform in Madrid to raise funds for the Adeje centre

This morning details were announced of the Lyrica festival that is taking place in the Teatro Real in Madrid on October 20th to raise funds for the Adeje-based Asociación San Juan.

Present at the press conference were Adeje councillor for social welfare and diversity Isabel Fernández González, the president of the Asociación San Juan, Ana Oneida Borges Medina, soprano and honorary patron of the association, Isabel Rey, José Manuel de la Cruz from the concert sponsor Endesa and the executive producer of the gala event, Carlos Marén.

Isabel Rey said that this year there would be many top European artists who would be using this concert to perform for the first time in Spain, and many others who were disappointed as their schedules wouldn’t permit them to take part. “It’s so moving, that so many people want to take part”, she said. “We have created an event that is loved by the public but by opera singers too…they want to be here, and want to help the Asociaicón San Juan”. International tenors such as Christoph Strehl and Piotr Beczala and soprano Elena Mosuk will join many others on stage, for this lyrical spectacular.

According to the producer “Tickets prices have been designed to allow everyone attend, with prices from €7 to €80”, and are now on sale online (through the Teatro Real website, http://www.teatro-real.com/es/temporada-17-18/conciertos-y-recitales/iv-fiesta-lirica-endesa) with a ‘row zero’ also on sale for those who cannot attend but would like to donate.

Adeje councillor Isabel Fernández Gonzalez congratulated the organisers of the event and the on-going contribution the association make to society. “I have already bought my ticket, and you need to buy yours quickly as they will sell out”, she urged people.

The Asociación San Juan, in Adeje town, is a centre for curative education and social therapy promoting an education and a way of life which promotes human rights and a level of auto- determination, and the integration of individuals who need special assistance. The centre works for the social, cultural and profession integration for adults who have developmental problems and who need special care.

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Adeje and CaixaBank renew aid programme

Last week councillors Adolfo Alonso Ferrera and Isabel Fernández González, from the departments of education and social welbeing respectively, voiced their delight at the renewal of the partnership programme with CaixaBank through their social department, “La Caixa”. The Adeje councillors met with the Tenerife West negotiations director, María del Pilar Quiroga Gutiérrez and the main CaixaBank director in Adeje, Eva María Salazar Arrocha.

The continuation of this collaborative programme contributes to three specific programmes, including one that works to guarantee that no child is without school materials. Under this scheme families suffering economic difficulties can apply for help with purchasing school materials for the 2017/2018 academic course.

The “Ningún niño sin bigote” (no child without a moustache – a milk moustache in this instance) is inviting the public to donate milk (long life milk) with collection points around the borough, in the Adeje town cultural centre, the Las Torres and El Galeón sports centres as well as the bank, and all the milk collected will be distributed via the municipal food bank.

The third project is also linked to education and sees the CaixaBank working to support the Adeje Summer University. Altogether the bank is donating €18.000 to support these educational/social aid programmes.

​Jobs for those at risk of social exclusion

The Adeje council, as part of a 2017 social project, has contracted 57 persons who have been unemployed and considered at risk of social exclusion. The initiative is a cross-departmental effort with representation from the departments of local economic development, social welfare and the presidency (under councillors Manuel Luis Méndez Martín, Isabel Fernández González and Carmen Rosa González Cabrera respectively).

Those who will contracted will be working on a series of actions in in upgrading and maintaining zones in the borough, including minor street works, upgrades in schools and along the coastal zones. Of the 57 people who will be working, 43 are labourers, 11 have primary skills, 1 is a works manager and 2 will work in administration.

According to Manuel Luis Méndez Martín the project is made possible by the council’s participation in the 2016-2018 biannual social employment programme with co-financing from the regional employment service. Isabel Fernández González emphasised the importance of recognising those who were unemployed and at risk of exclusion, “in a precarious situation economically” and the importance of the work of her team in identifying those to be contracted.

Carmen Rosa González Cabrera added that the project also meant the improvement of different zones of the borough as well as having a positive environmental impact on the zone and local population.

The individuals who have been awarded these contracts will work for a six-month period and were selected through the open employment channels run by the council for those registered as unemployed, so as to ensure that all those Adeje residents registered as looking for work have the chance to find employment. A variety of factors, such as family size and income, were taking into account.

The project will cost just under €500,000 with the costs met by the Adeje council and the regional employment service.

Excellent response to Day Centre parents meetings

 

The Adeje council via the department of wellbeing and care for diversity, young people and the family, has just completed a series of sessions with the parents of users of the Los Olivos Care centre for people with special needs. These were held throughout the month of March and helped a new ‘conversation’ to allow parents express their opinions and ideas about the services on offer.

“These kinds of meetings help strengthen the bonds between the families using the centre and for whom the council are happy to work in the search for solutions to particular problems they may have”, said the councillor responsible for the centre, Isabel Fernández González.

Themes such as communication, appropriate use of social networks, care and diversity within the family were dealt with and there was a psychomotor session where parents were asked to relate to their own childhoods.

The sessions were held in the Los Olivos centre and all those who took part found the exercises very useful and positive for them and their families.

 

Adeje’s Toy Story!

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Via the “Mi abuelo/a solidario” (my grandparents, solidarity) initiative, the Adeje Council has been receiving some of the seasonal cards and letters from the children in need in the borough.

The Miraverde comunidad and the toy shop chain Arvelo, have come together again to work with the Adeje department of social welfare to make sure that no child is without a special present at this time of year. The Miraverde comunidad, through a number of local activities, raised €1,600 and Arvelo toys will make toys available at cost price.

The councillor for social welfare, Isabel Fernández GonzálezI, expressed her gratitude to the Miraverde residents, “who have dedicated their time and effort to make sure that this Christmas no child is without a present”.

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Carlos Arvelo, from the Arvelo company, said “we are happy to sell the toys at cost price so that the money collected buys as much as possible”. Segundo Marco, President of the Miraverde residents, said “next year we hope to be able to collect even more…

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The ‘eyes’ have it

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Óptica Downes has a facelift!

Óptica Downes, a company that has a long history of assisting the Adeje Social Services department, has reopened its doors after an upgrade and facelift. This optician, on the town’s main street, the Calle Grande, has a large English-speaking clientele, given that owner Adal is bilingual (mother English, father Canarian).

The shop has upgraded its installation, with the latest models in glasses and best quality lenses, as well as stocking a full range of glasses for sportswear, including underwater. The shop is also a Varilux centre.

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Attending the reopening were members of the Adeje council. Councillor for social services Isabel Fernandez González said “for us it is important that locally based companies contribute to the community. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Óptica Downes for their on-going help, in their case they offer reduced-price glasses to those less well off. Our welfare office evaluates each case and once approved the person can go to the optician and avail of the service. There are many companies in the town today who are helping those in less favourable circumstances, and I extend my thanks to all of them”.

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Óptica Downes owner and qualified optometrist and pharmacist, Adal Trujillo Downes, said “we offer a family service as well as brining our customers the top market brands. The exclusive treatment received by each client is our main concern, attention to the health and well-being of their eyes and eyesight, making sure they have the product that is best suited to them and their lifestyle.”

Also at the event to mark the reopening were members of the local British community.

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Lions’ donations helps Las Nieves children’s home

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The Adeje based centre has been helping kids for 10 years

Recently the Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and the Adeje councillor for social welfare Isabel Fernández González were delighted to have the chance to personally thank members of the Tenerife Lions Sur club whose donations have made possible extensive renovations in the Las Nieves children’s home in the borough.

The home, which can house up to 8 children at any one time, cares for and offers a home for minors between the ages of 10 -15 years who, for a variety of reasons, cannot be cared for in their parental home. It offers protection to the children who come from all over the island, and is operated by both the Adeje council and the regional government department for minors and families. The centre works to offer these children stability and a safe and well organised place where they can live and grow. In many cases they are helped to re-establish relationships in a non-conflictive atmosphere, and taught life skills which help them grow as individuals, training them for a reintegration – into their family homes where appropriate, or into society in general.

The Adeje mayor expressed his gratitude to the Lions representatives, which included Mike Marshall, Norman Goodall and Prakash Udhwani, thanking their on-going commitment to solidarity. “In Adeje we are very aware of the importance of sharing. This home has made its contribution too and today has helped rear people who now have a real alternative in life. We welcome this and other donations, which, I believe, are proof that humanity has a future, and as an administration we are always here to help initiatives such as this one”.

The renovations include modern furniture that is perfectly adapted to the needs of young people, both in the bedrooms and the communal zones.

The team in Las Nieves operate under the direction of Inmeculada Hernández, and others instrumental in the evolution of the project include the coordinator of the Adeje department of health, Juan Blas Matías as well as Margarita Álvarez and Itziar Osa.