Social Inclusion Week 2017

South Dublin County Council’s Social Inclusion Week will be launched on Monday 20 November 2017 at 12.00 pm in County Hall, Tallaght.
Their special guest is Sophie Spence (star of the Irish Rugby Team) with St. Marks Silver Surfers Active Retirement Club providing the musical entertainment for the afternoon.
The aim of this week is to highlight the positive work carried out by South Dublin County Council and other agencies to reduce social exclusion and poverty, and to promote an understanding of social inclusion and diversity in the County.
Each year there has been a steady growth of strategic partners from the community and other agencies, increasing the level of participation and the quality of events. The number of groups and communities engaging with the event has increased dramatically.
Social Inclusion is the process which ensures that those at risk of poverty and social exclusion gain the opportunities and resources necessary to participate fully in economic, social and cultural life and to enjoy a standard of living and well-being that is considered normal in the society in which they live. (Joint Report by the Commission and the Council on Social Inclusion, Office for Official Publications of the European Union). South Dublin County Council plays a key role in the direct delivery of social inclusion actions, programmes and supports to these communities.
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 there will be a varied programme of events, including Literacy Awareness Training, Intercultural Evening, Floristry Workshop, Intercultural Self Care Day for Women, Celebrating Diversity, Nepalese Food Tasting, Toddler Time, Social Inclusion evening for young people, Craft workshops, Celebration of Social Inclusion through the Performing Arts in the Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Dance Workshops, Traditional Irish Dancing, a Tea Dance for older people in the Red Cow Inn Clondalkin and much more.
A detailed schedule for the week has been developed and is available on the SDCC website: www.sdcc.ie