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Social Inclusion, From the Outside Looking In (short version)

Social Inclusion,

 From the Outside Looking In

Jonathon Welch AM on Social Inclusion Week 2014
Jonathon Welch AM on Social Inclusion Week 2014
Social Inclusion Week event ideas from photo montage of SIW 2013 events
Social Inclusion Week event ideas from photo montage of SIW 2013 events
SIW Quote of the Week

"When we include people who are on the margins of our community it strengthens the moral fabric of our community as a whole."


-- Ian Engle 


 20 November 2014 
Social Inclusion Week
22- 30 November, 2014


We are just 1 day away from the launch of SIW 2014

(Saturday 22 - Sunday 30th November) Now in it's 6th year it's already is shaping up to be busier than ever.


We are thrilled to have Cricket Legend Adam Gilchrist and Netball Victoria's Geva Mentor return as ambassadors for Social Inclusion Week. Adam will celebrate the week at a morning tea on Tuesday 25 November, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The event coincides with Social Inclusion Week as Cricket Australia unveils its vision to continue to support Australia's diverse communities. Geva will be getting involved through a series of roadshows across regional Victoria, participating in a range of events and activities at each stop. Now in its' third year the Roadshow is going to Marybourgh, Leongatha, Drouin, and Cobram.


"This will be my third year involved with Social Inclusion Week and I'm excited to be back on the road with the Netball Victoria team," said Geva.


"It's always fun to get out in the community and it's a great way to not only highlight current national issues, but drum home the messages that these amenities are on offer in a number of regional areas," Geva concluded.


Although we are just 1 day away from the launch of SIW 2014... with 9 days of activities, it's not too late to put your ideas in to action, jump on to our website and register your event. If you are looking for ideas log on to our website  and see what people are doing around the country. It doesn't have to be onerous, it's about getting people and communities together, that might be within your local neighbourhood, at work or in the wider community... the possibilities are endless! You might like to open up your regular weekly activities to new members.


To register your event and for ideas and inspiration on how others are planning to connect people in their community, head to or check out SIW on Facebook and Twitter. Join the conversation online using the hashtag #SIW14. And of course feel free to contact us at


Message From Jonathon

Since the inaugural week in 2009 Social Inclusion Week (SIW) events continue to grow across the country. Last year around 300 registered events took place involving hundreds of community organisations across every State and Territory. Now in our 6th year it is more important than ever for all Australians to feel valued and have the opportunity to participate in society, and that's exactly what SIW aims to do - to build a stronger feeling of belonging, involvement and inclusion.


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 focussed event.

SIW 2014 is once again an opportunity to Collaborate, Connect and Celebrate with our neighbours, workmates and those people in our communities so that every Australian feels socially included regardless of age, cultural or socio-economic background.

I am delighted to see a number of events already registered and I had the pleasure of speaking at an early Social Inclusion event last night, celebrating the partnership between Social Venture Partners (SVP) and 100 Story Building - a fabulous centre for young writers located in Melbourne's inner-west. Here, children and young people from culturally and linguistically diverse and marginalised backgrounds are given the opportunity to foster their creative voice and to have their ideas shared and respected. Listening to the children read tonight was heart-warming and clearly showed how the centre fosters imagination and creativity in the children - there was a wonderful sense of playfulness.


I'm looking forward to seeing many more wonderful events being registered that touch all areas of the community. Remember 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, or opening up one of your existing weekly events - perhaps a choir rehearsal, club meeting 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.




Best wishes to all,





Dr Jonathon Welch AM

Founder Social Inclusion Week

Founding Music Director -

Choir of Hard Knocks

(now known as Choir of Hope & Inspiration),

Founder - School of Hard Knocks Institute

Australian of the Year Local Hero 200



Social Inclusion, From the Outside Looking In (short version)
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From the Outside Looking In -

A short film to inspire communities to collaborate, connect and celebrate!


Social Inclusion Week is thrilled to be working with the Summer Foundation to launch their new short film From the Outside Looking In, which will run at Federation Square from 24 November to 30 November as part of Social Inclusion Week 2014.


The Summer Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation which addresses the issue of young people with disabilities living in nursing homes.


The short film follows seven Summer Foundation ambassadors, each with a direct and personal link to the issue of young people in nursing homes. It provides an insight into the meaning and significance of social inclusion for young people living with disabilities and promotes awareness of how to progress further towards a society that is inclusive of all.



Social Inclusion Week 2014 Photo Competition
It's on again! Take a photo of your Social Inclusion Week event for your chance to win a $50 gift card
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Up Coming Social Inclusion Week Events
Bayswater Community Festival - VIC
It's that time of year again!  Interchange Outer East are looking forward to holding their 6th community celebration for Social Inclusion Week.

Interchange Outer East are busy organising generous sponsorships and donations from very kind Knox businesses, traders and individuals, so that we can offer as many attractions and activities as they can.
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Coast Community Connections - DISCOBILITY


Click here to watch the video aboutDISCOBILITY





Once again Coast Community Connections are holding DISCOBILITY. The event was created to provide people with a disability with a fun, exciting and social event organised by people with a disability. The Discobility event is held at the Peninsula Community Centre each year with the 2014 event to be held on Saturday 22 November 2014. The Centre is transformed into an amazing daytime dance party festival; featuring music, DJ's and live entertainment by performers who have a disability.



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Social Inclusion Week Event Tips

When you are creating your Social Inclusion Week event, one thing you most likely will need to think about is publicity.


Publicity doesn't need to cost the earth, in fact there is lot of FREE ways to publicise your Social Inclusion Week event. You can publicise your event through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also publicise your event through internet what's on listings and websites like Gumtree. Why not also create a e-flyer and send it to you friends, family and local community organisations and businesses. These are just some of the simple and FREE ways to publicise your event!

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