Social Inclusion Week, November 23 – December 1, aims to encourage communities to reconnect and be inclusive of all cultures, age groups, nationalities and the disadvantaged.
As an organisation working in the community to increase participation numbers and create an inclusive environment, Netball Victoria is encouraging local associations to hold Come and Try events, BBQ’s, and workshops in order to encourage a ‘culture of inclusiveness’ within the Victorian netball community.
Cassandra Hadson, Community Engagement Coordinator at Netball Victoria, said “Social Inclusion Week is a great initiative as it reminds clubs and associations how important it is to reach out to the wider community.”
“Netball is a strong community based-sport and we pride ourselves on being welcoming and inclusive of people from all types of backgrounds,” Ms Hadson said.
Any association holding an event during Social Inclusion Week can take a photo and send to [email protected] in order to go into the draw to win an item of signed Melbourne Vixens memorabilia.
There has been a significant increase in the participation rate of individuals from multicultural and indigenous communities and people with a disability in Netball Victoria’s netball programs.
Created by Dr Jonathon Welch AM, 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.
Melbourne Vixen Kate Moloney will be hitting the road during Social Inclusion Week for the Netball For All Road Show. Kate will be appearing at events held throughout the state, including clinics at Bairnsdale Netball Association, Mornington Netball Association and Ballarat Netball Association.
For more information on Social Inclusion Week and how your club or association can get involved, please contact Cassandra Hadson on (03) 9321 2237 or download the Social Inclusion Week Editable Poster