What is Social Inclusion and Poverty?
A socially inclusive society is a society where all people are recognised and accepted and have a sense of belonging. It ensures the fullest participation of all members of the community including minority groups such as Travellers, older people, disabled people, refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, gay/lesbian/bisexual people etc. in decision-making processes. Throughout the year we organise a number of events, activities, competitions, initiatives and projects to encourage participation by everyone in the community. This includes European Week against Racism in March, Africa Day in May, and the Bealtaine Festival for the active retired in May.
People are living in poverty if their income and resources (material, cultural and social) are so inadequate as to preclude them from having a standard of living, which is regarded as acceptable by Irish society generally. As a result of low income and no resources, people may be excluded from participating in activities that are considered the norm for other people in society.