Collaborate, connect and celebrate during Social Inclusion Week
  • Tuesday 31 October 2017
ImageThe community can share a meal, make friends and connect with each other at the Social Inclusion Week community picnic from 10am to 2pm on Thursday, November 30 at Quota Park Nambour.

The picnic has been organised by Sunshine Coast Council, in partnership with community organisations, agencies and businesses.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the Sunshine Coast Social Strategy highlighted council’s commitment to supporting an engaged, resilient and inclusive community that embraces diversity.

“This is particularly important throughout Social Inclusion Week, which is about connecting communities, workmates, family and friends to build and strengthen relationships and networks, addressing isolation and exclusion by supporting people who may be marginalised,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Social Inclusion Week is an important national initiative and I encourage everyone to get involved by attending local events and reaching out to those in our community who may need a little extra help finding their way and making new friends.”

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said council had very strong partnerships in place with community and neighbourhood centres, offering a range of courses, programs and activities.

“These include playgroups, craft and activity groups, support services, computer and literacy classes, community kitchens and much more,” Cr McKay said.

“Council has partnered with a range of community organisations, agencies and businesses to hold the Social Inclusion Picnic which encourages people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to come together and celebrate our uniqueness.

“This free event includes a range of fun activities including craft workshops, storytelling, nature play, song, yoga, dance, local Aboriginal dreamtime stories and so much more.”

The Nambour Community Centre’s migrant settlement worker Linda Dennis said the event at Quota Park in Nambour was for community members to connect with one another, feel valued and share their unique strengths and gifts.

“People of all religions, ethnic backgrounds, ages, gender and abilities have so much to contribute, but this can only happen when there is a sense of inclusion and belonging, when people feel part of their local communities,” she said.

“The day is about welcoming people of all backgrounds and experiences.

“Let us celebrate through fun, accessible activities and entertainment. We want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to contribute to their community in their own way.”

For more details on Social Inclusion Week head to www.socialinclusionweek.com.au.