· The awards in the four categories of disability, social exclusion, gender-based violence, and the elderly have respectively been won by the associations Centro de Atención a la Discapacidad Infantil, Arca Empleo, Comunidad Adoratrices Almería and DYA-R
· The jury comprising personalities from both the institutional world and civil society chose from a field of 173 candidates among social entities in Andalusia, Ceuta and Melilla
Seville, 20 May 2016. At a gala event replete with features in support of integration, Clece’s social project Clece Social yesterday held a ceremony to present its Compromiso Awards which, in these the second awards, went to the projects entered by associations Centro de Atención a la Discapacidad Infantil (CADI), Arca Empleo, Comunidad Adoratrices Almería, and DYA-R for their work in helping socially vulnerable segments.
The awards recognise the work of social entities and not-for-profit organisations in Andalusia, Ceuta and Melilla in the areas of integrating the disabled, women who have suffered gender-based violence and those at risk of social exclusion, as well as helping senior citizens. They came into being to reflect the social reality of Clece, which numbers some 6,549 people from vulnerable groups among its staff.
“Integrating people from vulnerable social segments is a badge of pride for us, with 861 employees already in Andalusia. Yet what is impressive is seeing how these people pay back this opportunity with interest: firstly because their stories of overcoming problems are an example for all of us at Clece, and secondly (and most importantly) because these people give their all in helping others who are disadvantaged. This is what we call going full circle” pointed out Clece Chair Cristóbal Valderas.
During the gala event, which was held at the Pabellón de la Navegación in Seville and hosted by journalist Patricia García, Clece Social revealed the finalists and award-winners for the second edition. “Congratulations to all the projects which were entered and the award-winners. Through the work you do you have managed to break down barriers and make awkward situations easier to cope with, in so doing making a huge contribution to the big challenge of integration, which is one that calls for a joint effort from all of us” said journalist Nuria del Saz, who chaired the jury.
The jury comprised personalities from both the institutional world and civil society and chose the four winners from a field of some 173 candidates, shortlisting five finalists in each category. The award-winners were:
Centro de Atención a la Diversidad Infantil (CADI), for its project “Deporte Inclusivo” (inclusive sport) in the Disability category. This is an initiative to promote, encourage and organise alternative leisure activities and inclusive sport for disabled or special needs children. The centre has adapted various forms of sport, such as sailing, skiing, cycling and swimming for a total of 21 children with a range of different functional abilities to improve their quality of life while conserving and enhancing their autonomy and independence.
Arca Empleo for its project called “Incluyendo a los excluidos” (including the excluded) in the Social Exclusion category. This is a support and accompaniment service for the workplace with an all-in, intensive approach that covers several different areas of participation: personal aspects for employment and occupational activity, cross-cutting and technical skills, placement itineraries, setting up enterprises, business intermediation and follow-up. 50 people at risk of exclusion take part in this project every year.
Comunidad Adoratrices Almería for its “Emaús” project in the Gender-based Violence category. This seeks to integrate and provide residential support for women in circumstances of prostitution and victims of sexual slavery. The congregation offers residential support for these women and helps them access the healthcare and employment services network. Over 2,500 women have already benefited from these services aimed at normalising their social inclusion.
Asociación DYA-R for its project “Mano a mano: Mayores que cambian el mundo” (In close company: senior citizens who change the world) in the category of the Elderly. The aim is to establish a model of citizenship based on the principles of social cohesion and where senior citizens are drivers for the municipality itself via establishing local links, boosting education and enhancing the inclusion of citizens. Get-togethers and exchanges between the generations are one of the key tools in this project, from which around 80 senior citizens benefit.
The four initiatives have received a prize of around 10,000 euros each, as well as an award made by the artist José Miguel Utande, a national sculpture prize winner. The jury gave consideration to, among other factors, the social value and wider implications of the initiatives. Together with Nuria del Saz and Cristóbal Valderas, the jury was joined by José Manuel Vargas Prado, a wheelchair basketball player and trainer, José Antonio Carrizosa Esquivel, editor of Diario de Sevilla, Alicia Martínez Martín, a representative of the Grupo Popular in the Junta de Andalucía (regional government of Andalusia), María Isabel Albás Vives, a representative of Ciudadanos in the Junta de Andalucía, Gonzalo Rivas Rubiales, the General Manager of Personas con Discapacidad with the Junta de Andalucía, and Miguel Ángel Román Ortiz, Manager of the Dependency and Autonomy section at the Agencia de Servicios Sociales y Dependencia de Andalucía (Andalusia Social Services and Dependency Agency).
Integration involved in all aspects
Those in attendance at the gala event were able to enjoy a wealth of anecdotes and thoughtful little touches relating to the integrating spirit of the awards. At the commencement of the event, Irene Villa, chair of the jury at the first edition of the Compromiso Awards, sent warm greetings to those present via video-link and a word of support for all the associations who strive towards the integration and welfare of the most vulnerable. moreover, in this edition, the prize-giving in the four categories was entrusted to Clece workers and beneficiaries as the real players in the company’s social project.
The event was graced with a performance by the José Galán company of dancers with or without a disability who offered a novel rendering of flamenco by converting it into a tool for social inclusion, an educational resource and an exploration of stagecraft. The care taken over each little detail was also reflected in the staging of the gala event, as those attending were greeted by a large floral decoration in the shape of the Clece Social logo, while the flowers were hand-made by those at the residences and work centres run by Clece in Adra, El Morche, Martos and Melilla.
Borne of a commitment
The Compromiso Awards are part of Clece’s wider social commitment, which centres on four pillars: employability, integration, raising awareness and looking after people. For some years now the company has pushed for integration in the workplace of the disadvantaged, offering employment opportunities to the disabled, those at risk of social exclusion and victims of gender-based violence. At present some 6,549 people belong to groups of this kind and are integrated within over 73,200 Clece employees. To fulfil its commitment Clece works in partnership with 350 associations, foundations, social entities and public organisations. In hard numbers, there are over 16,310 Clece employees in Andalusia, Ceuta and Melilla, of which 951 belong to integration groups.
Besides these social segments Clece is particularly conscious of caring for the elderly. In the course of its activities, every day it cares for over 110,000 senior citizens in the services it provides at residences and day centres or through home-help. It caters for such people in several different ways (occupational workshops, inter-generational get-togethers, advanced forms of therapy etc.) which go beyond offering a social service as part of an undertaking with the government so as to improve their quality of life and promote autonomy and social integration for them.
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