Social Inclusion Week 2013 – Collaborate Connect Celebrate

Social Inclusion Week Launch – Tuesday 26 November 10.15am

Join us on Tuesday 26th Nov @10.15am at the Byron Community Centre for the Launch of Social Inclusion Week 2013

Guest Speakers include Mayor Simon Richardson and Paul Spooner.

Join us for the official launch which will showcase the weeks activities.

Social Inclusion Week 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. It’s about connecting with local communities, work mates, family and friends to build relationships and networks, addressing isolation and exclusion by supporting people who may be unable help themselves.


Conceptualised by Dr Jonathon Welch AM, SIW was launched in 2009 as a way for communities to share knowledge and experience to educate and raise awareness.
It is an annual initiative that takes place the last week in November. Social Inclusion Week runs from Saturday 23 November to Sunday 1 December in 2013.
Social Inclusion Week is supported by the Australian 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.

Social Inclusion Week 2013 – Byron Bay Events

Postcards from Another Age

ALL WEEK 25th – 29th Nov 10am- 4pm
postcards-menuThe first part of this exhibition is a competition for school-aged children and young people in our community to write a postcard to their 65 year-old selves! The second part is an invitation for seniors to write a postcard to their 16 year-old selves! The postcards will then be exhibited at the Community Centre..

Living Libraries

Thursday 28th of November between 10.30am and 1.00pm
living-libraryThree senior members from the community are volunteering their time to be ‘living books’ for school groups and the general public to come and ‘borrow’. This will take place on Thursday the 28th of November between 10.30am and 1.00pm at the Byron Community Centre. As well as hear stories about the participants pasts, this will also be an opportunity for school students to ask questions about living and growing older in our society. Each living book has chosen a title, based on the story and life experience they wish to share. Learn more about living libraries at the human library website

Senior’s Portraits

ALL WEEK 25th – 29th Nov 10am- 4pm
portraits-smallWe have been fortunate to have the talents of artist and photographers, Kirra Pendergast and Mark Krackowizer, capture beautiful portraits of the participants in the Life of Byron workshops. These stunning portraits are displayed on our website and will form part of an exhibition at BCC during Social Inclusion Week.

Digital Life Stories Project Short Films

ALL WEEK 25th – 29th Nov 10am- 4pm
digital-storiesWe’ve had the privilege of facilitating three ‘Life of Byron’ workshops which have produced amazing and interesting digital stories from seventeen seniors. These stories have been edited and will form part of an exhibition in the form of a short film festival run continuously over social inclusion week. These short films are gorgeous and form a part of the living history of our area.

Community Singers

Monday 25th Nov from 10.30am to 11.30am
singer-menuEveryone can sing! Come along and participate in the new Byron seniors community singing group – This informal sharing of the love of music and singing will take place every Monday from 10.30am to 11.30am – no experience necessary!

Seniors Drumming

Tuesday 26th Nov 10.15am at Social Inclusion Week Launch presented by Byron Community Centre
drummingJoin the senior’s drumming circle on Tuesday at the Byron Community Centre from 10.30am to 11.30pm. The seniors drumming circle is a high energy and very enthusiastic drumming circle. It is facilitated by Gareth from Sound Synergy, who has the participants drumming, mastering numerous percussion instruments and dancing together to a variety of tribal rhythms. During social Inclusion week the Tuesday drumming session will be open to the public and will feature a collaboration with local school children. Come and join the fun.

Fast Facts about SIW 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.
  • There were participants from 7 states and territories with Victoria holding the most events.
  • More than 188 Social Inclusion Week events were held around Australia in support of building a more socially inclusive Australia.
  • Over 1,600 people and organisations received the SIW Enews weekly email to the lead up, during and post Social Inclusion Week 2012.
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