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Social Inclusion Week

Cavan County Council hosted its first Social Inclusion Week from 18 to 23 October. This week was organised to mark 2010 as being the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. It was a very successful week with over 30 events and activities taking place over six days.

The week’s events aimed to raise awareness of poverty and marginalisation, allow the voices of excluded groups to be heard, challenge discrimination, encourage participation and engage with all sectors in promoting a society that supports equal opportunities for all.

The week was co-ordinated by the Social Inclusion Unit in Cavan County Council and its success was due to the many organisations that took part in running events, both community and voluntary organisations, and partners in the public sector.

A seminar to launch Social Inclusion Week on Monday 18 October explored current social exclusion issues at both a national and local level. Various exhibitions were also on display at the launch demonstrating the good work which is being undertaken by various organisations and projects working in this county. Throughout the week there was a wide variety of activities taking place all over the county including: an information morning for the unemployed, various sports inclusion events, drama plays, an estate awards night, a multicultural week in St. Clare’s school, a community safety crime prevention talk, coffee mornings, exhibitions, a cultural afternoon in Loughan House prison, workshops, and a poster campaign to highlight facts around social exclusion issues.

This was the first year a Social Inclusion Awareness Week had been organised by the Social Inclusion Unit for County Cavan. It is hoped that this will be a yearly event with a wider variety of activities taking place next year to raise awareness on how we can all work together to tackle social exclusion and poverty within the county.

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