Social Inclusion Week promotes diversity and active citizenship

By Mary Dennehy

SOCIAL Inclusion Week will kick off across South Dublin County this Monday, with a host of activities planned to celebrate the region’s social diversity and social inclusion initiatives, and to promote active citizenship.

A project of South Dublin County Council, Social Inclusion Week will be officially launched by Mayor Mark Ward and Michael Darragh McAuley on Monday, November 19 – with music provided by RAMS (Retired Active Men’s Social).

Social Inclusion Clondlakin Active Retired ChoirActive Retired Choir Clondalkin supporting Social Inclusion Week during a previous year's event 

The aim of the week is to highlight the work carried out by the local authority and other agencies to reduce social exclusion and poverty, while promoting an understanding of social inclusion and diversity across the county.

According to the council: “Social Inclusion Week provides us with the platform to highlight social inclusion initiatives and promote active citizenship.

“Social Inclusion is about creating a society where everyone experiences full and equal participation in all aspects of life.

“Social Inclusion is everyone’s business.”

During the week a varied programme of events will take place for all ages, including an Intercultural Evening, IT workshops, floristry, arts and crafts, toddler time, prize bingo, a pamper day for people with disabilities, Nepalese food tasting, literacy awareness training for council staff, coffee mornings and traditional Irish dancing.

The Annette Halpin Memorial Annual Tea Dance is also taking to the floor and a Celebration of Social Inclusion through the Performing Arts in the Civic Theatre.

According to the council, there has been a steady growth each year of strategic partners from the community and other agencies increasing the level of participation and the quality of events.  

To view a full programme of events visit www.sdcc.ie or drop into the council offices in Tallaght or Clondalkin, or your local library or community centre.

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