Celebrating Social Inclusion Week

Celebrating Social Inclusion Week

Social inclusion is a topic very close to our hearts at Ozcare. Since our inception 20 years ago we have always looked after those in our community who are most in need. Our homeless services and family accommodation programs provide shelter, food, and support to people experiencing homelessness around the state. Our women’s refuges help women and their children flee a life of domestic violence. Our mental health programs give hope to those struggling with life long illness. Our disability programs help people living with disability get daily support to live at home and participate in their community.

What we’ve learnt in our two decades of experience is that anyone can fall on hard times - homelessness, domestic violence, mental illness, and disability can happen to any of us without warning. If it happened to you, or to someone you love, wouldn’t you want to know that they could find help without fear of being discriminated against?

Luckily, in Australia, there are many programs dedicated to helping the disadvantaged in our society. By raising awareness of these programs, we can ensure that no one slips through the cracks, and that people can get help when they need it the most.

Tea ‘n’ Talk Events

This social inclusion week we will be holding Tea ‘n’ Talk sessions in Gold Coast, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, and Townsville. Come along, have a cup of positivitea, and find out more about the social inclusion services we offer in your area.

Gold Coast
Wednesday 23 November 2016, 11.30am to 1pm. Ozcare, 3 Frinton Street, Southport. FREE
Learn about our family accommodation program, mental health recovery program, resident support program, homeless outreach, and women’s refuge services. All ages welcome, BBQ lunch and kids treasure hunt provided.

Bundaberg
Wednesday 23 November 2016, 11am to 1pm. Ozcare Hostel, 12-16 Skyring Street, Bundaberg. FREE
Tour our hostel, learn about our services, and meet our friendly staff. Over 18s welcome, lunch provided.

Rockhampton
Tuesday 22 November 2016, 11am to 12.30pm. Ozanam House, 233 Alma Street, Rockhampton. FREE
Learn about our homeless hostel, homestay program, and Social and Emotional Engagement Development Service (SEEDS). Over 18s welcome, lunch provided.

Townsville
Thursday 24 November 2016, 7am to 9am. Ozcare, 53 Mooney Street, Gulliver. FREE
Learn about our resident support program, mental health services, homeless men’s hostel, drug and alcohol residential recovery service, and women’s shelter. 4TOFM will be broadcasting live from the event, with local band ‘Caught in the Middle’ performing. Free sausage sizzle will also be available.

Brisbane Social Inclusion Day

Come along to our free community event for over 18s to celebrate Social Inclusion Week in South Brisbane.

Tuesday 22 November, 9am to 1pm. Ozcare Hostel, 48 Peel Street, South Brisbane. FREE

Learn, work, engage and have a voice with:

  • Employment agencies with offers for training and employment
  • Ping pong tournament
  • Boxercise
  • Art activity
  • Games
  • Live music
  • Interactive space to share your voice
  • Free morning tea & lunch

This event is proudly brought to you by Ozcare, St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland, Brisbane City Council, Reclink, and Help Enterprises.

What Services are Available?

Ozcare offers a wide range of services to the people in Queensland who need it most. Find out more about our services:

  • Homeless and housing services
  • Drug & alcohol services
  • Women’s refuges
  • Mental health services
  • Goodna Integrated Family Support (GIFS)
  • The Bush Connection (Toowoomba)

What is Social Inclusion Week?

Social Inclusion Week is about encouraging communities to reconnect and be inclusive of all cultures, age groups, nationalities and the disadvantaged.

Social Inclusion Week aims to help Australians feel valued and to give people the opportunity to participate fully in society. It’s about connecting with local communities, work mates, family and friends to build relationships and networks, addressing isolation and exclusion by supporting people who may be unable help themselves.

Conceptualised by Dr Jonathon Welch AM, and supported by Rotary & the School of Hard Knocks, SIW was launched in 2009 as a way for communities to share knowledge and experience to educate and raise awareness.

It is an annual initiative that takes place the last week in November. Social Inclusion Week runs from Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 November 2016.

Social Inclusion Week's theme is: Collaborate, Connect and Celebrate! – a strong call to action to encourage people of all ages to join together and engage with the objectives of the Week by hosting or attending a social inclusion focused event.

In addition to grass-roots, community created events, which we refer to as "National Street Parties", there will be a number of national events and activities during the Week created by the SIW team.

Key social inclusion target groups include: young people 12-25 years of age, jobless families with children, disadvantaged Australians, people with a disability or mental illness, people who are homeless, older people and Indigenous Australians.

Read more on the social inclusion week website.

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