"Be inclusive. When you bring more heads together, you get more answers."
Social Inclusion Week
21 - 29 November 2015
19th August 2015
In 2009 I created Social Inclusion Week (SIW) to help build a more caring society and every year more and more individuals and communities across every State and Territory embrace our vision to help build supportive inclusive communities by hosting events. Events that connect local communities, workmates, family, friends and neighbours, all with the aim of addressing isolation and exclusion.
Last year we saw a Guinness Book of World Record attempt, community festivals, many sporting activities - in particular for those with a disability or first time trying a new sport, such as sailing or surfing. Choirs, Bands and Dance schools opened their doors for people to join in and countless community and workplace morning tea's took place... and of course, social club and neighbourhood BBQ's welcomed people into their communities.
I have no doubt that again you will surprise us with the variety and diversity of activities and events that you host. Sometimes it's the simplest of gestures that bring people closer together.
The SIW team are looking forward to supporting you and I'm looking forward to what is already shaping up to be another massive SIW week.
With best wishes
Dr Jonathon Welch AM
Founder Social Inclusion Week
Founding Music Director Choir of Hard Knocks
Founder School of Hard Knocks
Australian of the Year Local Hero 2008
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Social Inclusion Week 2015!
Conceptualised by Dr Jonathon Welch AM, and supported by Rotary & the School of Hard Knocks, SIW was launched in 2009 as a way for communities to come together to share knowledge and experience and to address isolation and exclusion.
Our goals during Social Inclusion Week?
To help all Australians feel valued and give people the opportunity to participate fully in society;
To connect with local communities, work mates, family and friends to build relationships and networks;
To address isolation and exclusion by supporting people who may be unable to help themselves;
To get organisations and clubs to promote, host or attend a social inclusion focused event.
It is an annual initiative that takes place the last week in November. This year Social Inclusion Week will run from
Saturday 21 to Sunday 29 November 2015.
Start planning your Social Inclusion Week events for 2015. It's never to early to start planning and to register your
Social Inclusion Week event to
"Celebrate, Connect and Celebrate" with your community!
To find out more about Social Inclusion Week click here.