The importance of social inclusion

The importance of social inclusion

13 March 2021

Social inclusion is one of five key outcomes we work towards with our clients. Research demonstrates participating in society and having people you can rely on are key determinants of health and wellbeing and one of the most powerful predictors of positive outcomes following exposure to trauma.

Achieving a sense of social inclusion

Social inclusion involves feeling accepted within your local community and being able to contribute to society in a meaningful way, through participation in mainstream activities and exercising basic rights. Many people who access our services have experienced persistent social exclusion.

Through our programs and services, we support people to reconnect with family and friends and build sustainable and meaningful ties within their community. For some, this can be as simple as attending a free yoga or meditation class at our Wellness Place, joining a team sport through our Kick Start program, or engaging in social activities through the support of our Sacred Heart Local workers.

Programs such as our Journey to Social Inclusion (J2SI) program provide more intensive and long-term support to assist people in areas of education, training, housing and health and wellbeing to achieve a sense of social inclusion.

Journey to Social Inclusion - a life-changing program

Watch our video to learn what difference it makes if people finally feel socially included - and how our Journey to Social Inclusion program supports people to change their lives and break the cycle of homelessness:

Economic participation is a vital part of social inclusion

We know from our clients economic participation and financial independence are central to their sense of social inclusion. This is complemented by social participation and engagement through activities that link people to a richly diverse community.

Clients also reported a desire for a holistic approach to service provision as central to their sense of access and inclusion. Access to resources; communication; and a sense of safety in accessing services also played a central role in their relative sense of social inclusion.

Why social inclusion is important for our clients

Check out our interview with workforce participation worker Brittany to learn how we give people the opportunity to participate fully in society, and why that is important:

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Sacred Heart Mission has always aimed to be a place that embraces a sexuality and gender diverse community; everyone is welcome at our table and we believe a diverse community is good for everyone.