WEEK TO BE­COME ONE

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

THE 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.

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.”

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.”

For more de­tails go to so­cial­in­clu­sion­week.com.au .

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

TO­GETHER: Cel­e­brate through fun, ac­ces­si­ble ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment.

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