Social Inclusion is big for our organisation! Not only do we have an Inclusion directorate but inclusiveness is one of our organisation’s ERIIC values (Empathy, Respect, Inclusiveness, Integrity, Commitment).
Social Inclusion Week aims to help ensure all Australians feel included and valued, giving everyone the opportunity to participate fully in society. It’s about connecting local communities, workmates, family and friends in order to build and strengthen relationships and networks, addressing isolation and exclusion by supporting people who may be unable to help themselves.
Inclusion is something that involves every single one of our programs and is something all staff at UnitingCare West keep in mind whether it is dealing with clients, volunteers or staff.
Some of our programs that deal directly with supporting inclusion are:
Below is a quote about what being included at The Warehouse (a social inclusion café-catering-gallery run by UnitingCare West) means to Community Options participant *Lilly (name changed).
"I like working here at the café. It gives me good life skills practise. I like being able to socialise and be myself. When I am at home I am very closed up and lonely as I don’t have a lot of friends. When I’m at the café I can come out just for a couple of hours which is great and I would love to feel this way all the time. When I’m here I’m very happy. I can get carried away and say some rude jokes or say inappropriate things but I love being *Lily. I would like to move on eventually with skills I have learned from the Warehouse Café and get a paid job. I look forward every week to see everyone. I have built up my confidence with customers and my cooking skills. The café means a lot to me. I really enjoy it."
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