Social Inclusion Week 22-30 November 2014

Byron Bay is a welcoming community and is celebrating Social Inclusion Week with a Community Gratitude Tree and a week of community building.

Social Inclusion Week is a national initiative focused on supporting, encouraging and embracing all people to feel valued and respected as vital members of our community and runs throughout the last week of November, from Saturday 22 November to Sunday 30 November.

A fun and festive collection of activities is being coordinated for the second year running by the Byron Community Centre to highlight and celebrate this important week.

Everything from Seniors Community Drumming in the Railway Park with the Byron Elder Beats to the creation of a Community Gratitude Tree by hanging handwritten tags on the fig tree near the Centre for the public to add to, read and take inspiration from.

The organisers of Social Inclusion Week in Byron Bay are asking willing participants and school children in the community to write on a tag their answer to the following question: “What or who do you value most in our community?” The tags will then hang from the beautiful fig tree on Jonson Street to create a public installation of Social Inclusion – simply pick up a tag from the Byron Community Centre from November 24 and return it before the end of the month.

Also during the week there will be The Bay Singers, an ‘open to all’ seniors community singing group gathering in the Railway Park to celebrate the beginning of Social Inclusion Week 2014 on Monday November 24 from 10.30am. In the spirit of social inclusiveness, everyone is invited to come together and share your love of music – no experience necessary!

Following that on Tuesday November 25 the Byron Elder Beats will bring young community members from local schools together with Seniors to celebrate connection with a high energy and enthusiastic drumming circle. All are welcome to this event and feel free to bring your own instrument to join in! The beats will kick off in the Railway Park from 10.30 – 11.30am.

Social Inclusion Week will then conclude with a concert on Saturday November 29 at 5pm that will include The Bay Singers, The Elder Beats, The Byron Bay Primary School Choir, The Ukuladies and the Louie and Patrick Duo at the Byron Theatre in the Byron Community Centre. Entry to the concert is by donation with all the funds raised going to support the on-going operation of the Liberation Larder, whom each and every week provide free meals for the most vulnerable members of our community.

For further information about any of the activities being organised, or to simply find out more about Social Inclusion Week 2014, simply pop in to the Byron Community Centre or call Cat on 6685 6807.

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