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"I believe a strong society is an inclusive society. If we want to win big then we'd better include everybody because we need everybody." 
- Cyndi Lauper




Social Inclusion Week
21 - 29 November 2015
8 October 2015

With just under 7 weeks to launch date, it's time to get creative, put your ideas in to action, jump on to our website and register your event. 

We've already had some fabulous creative new events registered and some regulars back too... we're delighted to see the Community Picnic in the Park at West Logan, Qld return. Having been with us from the start they were so disappointed to miss last year  due to park renovations.

There's no need to wait until you have all the details worked out, as soon as you have a Name and Date register your event and you can go back and fill the detail in over the coming weeks... If you're not sure where to start, head to our website and under RESOURCES you'll find an Event Guide and other useful info including Posters you can download and use to help promote your event.

Most importantly though, remember that your event doesn't have to be onerous... it might be a simple as arranging a Morning Tea with work colleagues, organising a Street Party or BBQ for neighbours, holding Discussion Groups and Forums, organising a Movie Screening or opening up one of your existing weekly events - perhaps a choir rehearsal or team sport. It can be a free event, you can charge a fee, or you may like to fundraise for a charity. There are options that can work for every community, budget, or venue - how people get together in communities isn't as important as WHY. 

News From The Field

Check out some of the events already registered in the last few weeks... everything from Laughter Yoga, A Musical Journey with Orchestra and Choir, Opening Doors Graduation Ceremony to Community Sporting activities and Picnics. Log on to check out events and get ideas from events registered over the last 6 years.

Wheelchair Tennis Tournament
Westside Tennis Club in Coffs Harbour,  NSW  will be holding their 11th Annual Key Employment Northern NSW Wheelchair Tennis Tournament
Saturday 21 November 12 noon till 5pm at Darlington Beach Resort, 104-134 Eggins Cl, Arrawarra as Social Inclusion Week event.

The annual Wheelchair Tennis Tournament pitting competitors from all over Australia in an exciting two days of great tennis action. A Come & Try session is also held where interested wheelchair tennis players have a go.

Click  here  for more information.

Picnic in the Park
Feast Festival team will be holding a Picnic in the Park in South Australia on Sunday 29 November 11am - 6pm at  Pinky Flat, Corner War Memorial Drive and Montefiore Road, Adelaide as a Social Inclusion Week Event during their festival.

Bring a picnic rug and come celebrate the last day of Feast Festival in the leafy surrounds of Pinky Flat on the banks of the River Torrens/Karrawirra Parri. This family-friendly frolic is always one of Feast's most popular events and this year sees the return of all your favourites including the Feast Dog Show, a tug-of-war with the Metropolitan Fire Service, DJs from Hit 107 as well as gourmet food vans

Click  here  for more information.

Daylesford Community Fair  
Friends of Daylesford Community Park in  Victoria will be hosting an early SIW event - 'Daylesford Community Fair'  Sunday 15 November from 12 noon till 3pm at Daylesford Community Park, cnr Stanbridge & Duke St.

The Fair will be an  inclusive community event to celebrate and connect our community. Includes community stalls, music, roving performers, activities, workshops. good food/coffee/chai. Held at the Daylesford Community Park, an inclusive space with accessible parking, paths, toilets, water fountain, play equipment, picnic table & chairs.

Click  here for more information.
Social Inclusion Week Event Tips

Are you wanting to create a Social Inclusion week event, but not sure what type of event to hold? Why not try these Social Inclusion Week event idea's:
  • A Social Inclusion Display in your office or meeting venue
  • A Short Story Competition around the theme- Collaborate, Connect and Celebrate
  • A Library exhibition around the themes of social inclusion
  • An Early Bird Business Breakfast to raise funds for a local support service
  • A Picnic in the Park featuring storytelling, speakers, sports and activities
  • Morning or afternoon tea with local elderly
  • A debate or a discussion group on barriers to social inclusion
  • A business forum about community-business partnerships to address a local issue
  • An afternoon High Tea or Gala Dinner featuring special guests and speakers
  • An exhibit celebrating the diversity of your community
  • A photo display in community halls of 'Snapshots' of our community
  • A 'Tea 'n' Talk' session, lunch, sausage sizzle or morning tea connecting people in your street.
Check out Social Inclusion Week Event Planning Guide. Click here to download the guide.

Spread the word about 
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.
Click here  to download poster.  

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.

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