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Social commitment

As part of the social action agreement between both entities

Bankia and Fundación Bancaja provide 100,000 euros to ten projects for the integration of people with functional diversity

“At Bankia we strongly believe in the important role we have as an agent of change and improvement for our society”, said the corporate director of the Bankia Region of Valencia and Castellón, Jaime Casas.

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By  Communication Bankia

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05 February 2019 - 18:30

  • The 5th ‘Convocatoria Capaces’ (Capable Call) allocates 10,000 euros per project to programmes involving professional training, job placement, job creation and social inclusion in the Valencian Community
  • The grants enable the development of initiatives proposed by four associations in the province of Valencia, four in Alicante and two in Castellón

Bankia and Bancaja Foundation have delivered the grants pertaining to the 5th ‘Capable Call’, by which a total of 100,000 euros are granted to 10 non-profit associations of the Valencian Community. The selected entities develop projects involving social inclusion and integration in the three provinces.

The projects are aimed at vocational training focused on employment, job placement, the creation of jobs, the promotion of personal autonomy, as well as psychosocial support for the family environment.

The representatives of the associations have been accompanied during the event by the chairman of the Bancaja Foundation, Rafael Alcón; the corporate director of the Bankia Region of Valencia and Castellón, Jaime Casas; and Amparo Vallés, chairperson of ACOVA (Association to Help People with Mental Illnesses of the Valencian Community), who has spoken on behalf of the entities supported by the call.

During the event, Rafael Alcón highlighted the essential role played by the associations. “We know that full integration is an ambitious goal and for which there is still a lot of work to be done, but calls such as this one, which we have been developing with Bankia for the past five years, allow us to move forward in this direction and take firm steps towards a change in the social and labour reality of this group”, he commented.

Along this line, Jaime Casas stressed that “at Bankia we strongly believe in the important role we have as an agent of change and improvement for our society”. “We are delighted to be part of this change and to work hand in hand with entities such as the Bancaja Foundation, with which we share our commitment to do everything possible to improve the quality of life of the people around us”, he added.

On behalf of the associations, the chairperson of ACOVA, Amparo Vallés, who has thanked Bancaja Foundation and Bankia for their support, congratulated “all the entities, both those that receive the support of this programme and all those that have submitted their applications, and that contribute through their work to head towards a more egalitarian society”. “They carry out a task that showcases the importance of the associative movement in the Valencian Community and that brings us all together around the common objective to fight for and to improve the life of functionally diverse people”, pointed out Vallés.

Labour integration and social inclusion projects

The allocation of the call, contributed by Bankia, derives from the agreement established in the field of social actions with the Bancaja Foundation, as well as a part of the funds contemplated in the alternative measures of Spain’s General Disability Law.

The 5th ‘Capable Call’ has supported four labour integration projects and six social inclusion projects carried out by four associations in the province of Valencia, four in Alicante and two in Castellón.

Within the different types of labour integration projects, the supported initiatives are:

  •  ‘Opening Doors’, by ACOVA (Association to Help People with Mental Illnesses of the Valencian Community).
  •  ‘Inclusive allotments. Training for employment’, by ADIS-Association of People with Functional Diversity of Alicante.
  •  ‘Concierge/ordinance training course’, by the Francisco Esteve Inter-municipal Patronage (PIFE) of Valencia.
  •  ‘Employment with support’, by the Down Syndrome Foundation of Castellón.

In the field of social inclusion, the following initiatives have been supported:

  •  ‘Artepilepsia and GAM Groups’, by ALCE-Epilepsy Association of the Valencian Community.
  •  ‘Protagonist of my life’, by the San Francisco de Borja Foundation (FSFB), in Alicante.
  •  ‘Independent life services’, by Ateneu Castelló-Fundació Dany Cerebral Ateneu Castelló.
  •  'Family accompaniment project after hospital discharge CON-VIVIR’, ADACEA-Acquired Brain Injury Association of the Province of Alicante.
  •  ‘Let's paint our memories’, by AFAE-Association of Relatives of People with Alzheimer's in Elche.
  •  ‘Ecological care programme for families with deaf children’, by Fundacion Fesord CV.

Since its implementation, this aid programme by Bankia and Bancaja Foundation has managed to provide support to 59 projects of associations within the Valencian Community: 21 in Alicante, 10 in Castellón and 28 in Valencia.

Bankia

Bankia consolidates and reinforces its commitment to society through five priority lines of social action: employment, training, housing, local and rural development and disability. The financial institution focuses its social investment on these areas and maintains its commitment to society through the involvement of its entire structure and professionals. The Corporate Social Responsibility policy is all-encompassing and approachable, as it links the social actions of the bank with its business in the areas in which the professionals themselves find socio-economic problems and vulnerable groups.

Bancaja Foundation

Bancaja Foundation develops, in addition to the ‘Convocatoria Coopera ONG’ and the ‘Convocatoria Capaces’, social action activities that bring culture closer to vulnerable groups such as art workshops for the elderly, disabled and at risk of social exclusion or exhibitions carried out by these groups within the field of social awareness.

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