Celebrating Social Inclusion Week

Member of the Netball NSW Historical Committee Bev Dew said it best; “I always say it’s my netball family that I treasure, because we are family and we go back a long time.”

Bev made those remarks to netballnsw.com when discussing her memories of the Anne Clark Centre, and we couldn’t agree with her more!

Big or small, Indigenous or immigrant, able bodied or with a disability; there are many from all corners of life that make up our community, which is why Netball NSW is celebrating Social Inclusion Week 2013.

Social Inclusion Week begins this Saturday 23 November, and 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.  Conceptualised by Dr Jonathon Welch AM, the week was launched in 2009 as a way for communities to share knowledge and experience to educate and raise awareness and is supported by the Australian Federal Government.

In 2013, the theme will again be 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 the grass-roots, community created events called ‘National Street Parties’, there will be a number of national events and activities to engage and celebrated during the Week.

Netball NSW is also getting into the spirit by holding a competition!

We are asking those in our community to send in their Social Inclusion stories and images, or nominate someone you know who goes out of their way to include all walks of life, that best reflects the Collaborate, Connect and Celebrate! theme.  Our favourite three entries will receive a NSW Swifts Thank You Pack, so make sure you include your contact details in your submission!

To help start the conversation, here are some of the socially inclusive activities Netball NSW currently undertakes…

Netball NSW ANZ NetSetGO! School Gala Day for Students with a Disability
Netball NSW recently hosted our inaugural School Gala Day for students with a disability at the Anne Clark Centre.  The event was targeted for students who already participate in ANZ NetSetGO! at their schools, given them a chance to show off their newly acquired skills and most importantly, to have fun!
Read more on the ANZ NetSetGO! School Gala Day here

Netball NSW Intensive English Centre Programs
In 2013, Netball NSW conducted 6-week netball programs in two Intensive English Centres in Sydney’s West, where 65 female students from various backgrounds went through the program.

The program aimed to provide female students with an opportunity to experience netball, in an enjoyable and safe environment where they experience personal achievement, enhanced self-esteem, social cooperation and skill development.  It also gave participants the opportunity to build their confidence in an inclusive sporting environment, at no cost to the school or students.

Netball NSW and NASCA Netball Programs
Netball NSW and National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA) worked together this year to deliver netball sessions with Indigenous students in three schools based in the South Sydney region.

Over three consecutive weeks, 60 students engaged in practical netball sessions, developing their netball skills and utilising netball to encourage healthy living, build confidence and identity, while NSW Swifts Co-Captain Mo’onia Gerrard attended sessions and put the students through their paces.

So send your best Social Inclusions entries to [email protected] by 5pm on Friday 29 November for your chance to win!

For more information on Social Inclusion Week 2013, please visit their website: www.socialinclusionweek.com.au

Fast Facts about Social Inclusion Week 2012:

  • Over 500 organisations participated in Social Inclusion Week 2012 including many high profile corporations,
  • More than 5.1 million Australian readers, viewers, and listeners had the opportunity to learn about SIW from our media activity,
  • More than 188 Social Inclusion Week events were held around Australia in support of building a more socially inclusive Australia.

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