This week is Social Inclusion Week – a week that “is about encouraging communities to reconnect and be inclusive of all cultures, age groups, nationalities and abilities.”
The theme this year is to: CONNECT CELEBRATE AND COLLABORATE
It is important that we acknowledge that there are many people, living in every community, that feel marginalised, left out, our left behind.
These include those people with:
So how have we, at Auscare Support, connected, or celebrated or collaborated.
Auscare Support has offered pro-bono (free) work to assist the recipients of a Campbelltown homeless charity to transition into the NDIS.
This connection came about at an awards dinner where Auscare Support were nominated for the “Most Inclusive Employer.” We have helped a number of these vulnerable persons into the scheme
Auscare Support can look inwards at how we celebrate those with a disability. When I established Auscare Support in 2015 we set out with the goal to have a workforce that is over 50% staffed by persons with a disability.
At the current numbers we are over 40%. By the end of 2020, we will achieve our goal of over 50%
As far as targets go – we feel that the 30% NDIS target is great but the responsibility for inclusion and celebrating is down to us all.
I think this is a good time to give a shout out to Dylan Alcott and his Foundation that has the aim of “Removing the Barrier”
“The unemployment rate for people with a disability is twice that of the general population and that’s shameful,” hey says. “The Dylan Alcott Foundation decided it was time to raise awareness of this issue and change perceptions of what employees with disability can achieve.”(https://www.adnews.com.au/campaigns/the-dylan-alcott-foundation-aims-to-remove-the-barrier-for-disabled-people)
Auscare Support recently collaborated with the local Southern Highlands Community Expo, as an organising committee member. We assisted by redesigning the Expo flyer and branding using our graphic designer.
This event is a community led event – where the community – disability, aged care, community etc get together to share ideas…collaborate and share. We anticipate being part of the committee for the foreseeable future.
So in this week – SOCIAL INCLUSION WEEK – let me ask you the question – what are you doing to CONNECT, CELEBRATE OR COLLABORATE?