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Working Within a Network

What are our reasons for working within a network?

We believe that one of the main motivations an organization has for working at Red Íncola is the way we knit together relationships, learning and collaboration in service to the immigrant population. In other words, journeying together with us, in an open, shared space in which new initiatives and proposals are always welcome.

Another important motivating factor for working with us is the respect we hold for the diversity of each organization, maximizing each one’s unique talents and potential which, in turn, serve to strengthen us all. It is through debate and planning the objectives of our mission and our actions, as well as the specialization of work, that a complement of efforts and abilities is made possible.

We take special pains to be transparent, without fear of making our errors or difficulties visible. We believe that it is only through honesty, frankness and being open to constructive criticism that any collaborative effort can grow stronger.

In brief, any organization wishing to become a part of Red Íncola must be willing to give its very best in order to join in our common, collaborative and committed efforts, as well as the transformational social, economic, political and cultural projects carried out within the context of the present day migration in which we live.

Is there synergy in our work?

Our entire network is pure synergy because we are made up of the energies that each organization contributes to the group as a whole. The result is more than the sum of the individual parts: integration, active and concerted collaboration. Our collective resources make the final results even greater.

While volunteer workers are used in all areas within Red Íncola, they remain sufficiently flexible in order to support others or to attend to greater needs as they arise. For instance, the intake office at Red Íncola offers newcomers a warm welcome while coordinating all necessary venues to make it easier for the immigrant to have his or her needs efficiently met.

In which social programs does Red Íncola participate?

We participate in different networks and programs. At the European level, Red Íncola is a member of the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) through its network in Castilla and Leon. The EAPN is an independent coalition of NGOs and other groups involved in the fight to eradicate poverty and social exclusion within the member states of the European Union (EU). The commitment of the EAPN to its goal of eradicating poverty and social exclusion is carried out by placing both issues squarely at the center of the political debates at the level of the EU as well as at the level of the Spanish Autonomous State. The EAPN Europe is headquartered in Brussels (www.eapn.eu).

In addition, Red Íncola also works collaboratively at the national level with the Jesuit Migration Service (SJM). Using various studies done at the University of Comillas, Red Íncola and SJM are starting to analyze and reflect upon the topic of immigration within the national sphere. All of this is done in the hope of understanding in a comprehensive way the reality of migration in Spain, while sharing our efforts with the group in order to make a public statement about the question of immigration and bringing it to the heart of political debate.

At the regional level, we maintain a close partnership with the Red Atalaya in Burgos. With this group, which has a structure similar to our own, we share activities, resources and strong ties of friendship.

At the provincial level, we are integrated in the General Commission on Immigration of Valladolid. This networking commission maintains an informal nature. The permanent general commission, made up of the heads of both public and private entities, meets three times a year. There are, as well, three distinct commissions: Jobs, Resources and Legal Affairs. These three commissions routinely work in coordination on issues that are of interest in each of their respective areas.

The institutions that form this network are: Caritas Valladolid, PROCOMAR, the Immigrant Service Center in Valladolid (CAI) the Rondilla Foundation, ACCEM, ASAIN, Albor, the Provincial Council (Diputacion) of Valladolid, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, DESOD, the Red Cross and the City Council (Ayuntamiento) of Laguna.

Red Íncola is also represented by other organizations with whom we network within the Municipal Council on Immigration and the Commission for Social Inclusion of the Junta of Castilla and Leon.

At the level of the local neighborhoods of Valladolid, we form part of the Red Pajarillos within the framework of their commission on immigration. A great portion of the activities which we conduct in the neighborhood of Pajarillos has much to do with our program for Arab women.

Within that same neighborhood we collaborate with the Rigoberta Menchu Association, with whom we have been developing an urban summer camp held in the month of July, specifically at the Leopoldo Cano Institute and at the East Zone Integrated Civic Center.

We have also developed strong institutional teamwork, holding meetings and encounters with the different social agents that are present in the city: the Junta of Castilla and Leon through its various ministries; the Provincial Council of Valladolid; the City Council of Valladolid through its various cultural and educational councils; and through the different civic centers throughout the city (Delicias, Pajarillos, Bailarin Vicente Escudero, etc.).

We continue to work alongside other groups in the social sphere, with the CARTIF Technology Center, on the design of a project to make available new technologies to the immigrant population.

 






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