An alliance for social recovery

The social crisis left by COVID-19 is undoubtedly one of the great challenges that will have to be addressed in the coming years. A challenge that cannot be undertaken alone, but requires a solid alliance between Public Administrations and the Third Sector and that places social policies at the center of the political agenda so as not to leave anyone behind.

The social action organizations of the Third Sector Platform in Madrid, whose work has been decisive in the fight against the pandemic as providers of services and protection to the most vulnerable people, want to continue to be a fundamental part in the search for solutions to complex social needs. The road to recovery must be the opportunity to build a robust protection system that places people at the center of the action.

This also requires strong foundations, based on dialogue between the Administration and the Third Sector to seek lasting solutions to complex social needs and that are capable of maintaining their long-term impact.

Avoid the chronification of vulnerability; address the global challenge of aging with new less-caring and more community-based and participatory models that take into account the evolution of new family paradigms; the special protection of children; The fight against gender violence and against intolerance of sexual freedom, in short, moving towards social cohesion with a sustainable system that guarantees the protection of the most vulnerable people, are challenges that require public policies at the height of the themselves, which must be reached through participation and agreement.

The pandemic and its consequences have made many of these challenges, which were already on the table and on which we had been working, today prove more urgent and necessary than ever. From social entities we want to be part of the precise consensus to build a solid system of rights, care and social protection.

But addressing this social future also requires an agile, independent, convinced and defender of Social Policy Council that betting on the social is profitable, and dedicated exclusively to solving the great social and regulatory challenges and with sufficient budgetary capacity to provide protection and care for all vulnerable groups.

The organizations that make up the Third Sector Platform, which during the pandemic have seen their activity multiply and therefore expenses without a corresponding income, are also experiencing difficulties derived from this increase in the care of vulnerable people. For this reason, we are going to promote inter-associative work and improve our participation and response mechanisms to be more agile and effective.

If both pillars, Administration and Third Sector are strong, it will be easier to move towards a sustainable social model based on new laws that, knowing that they cannot be modified at every juncture, are capable of responding to the changes that occur every day. more quickly; demographic, migratory, social or technological and that derive in new social needs.

There are already designed mechanisms, such as the Civil Dialogue Table with the Third Sector, from which the administration and the social fabric can work together to seek the path to recovery, seeking consensus with an eye to the future, and working from complementarity. In short, establishing an alliance that bets on the social, which is, in short, betting on people.

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