Social Inclusion Week

Social Inclusion Week aims to help all Australians feel included and valued, giving everyone the opportunity to participate fully in society.  Social Inclusion Week is about connecting local communities, workmates, family and friends, in order to build and strengthen relationships or networks and address isolation and exclusion of those who may be marginalised. 

Initiatives that will be taking place over the course of the week are:

Youth Community BBQ

Social Inclusion Week and every Wednesday BBQ for all young people from 3pm. Drop in from 4pm, connect with Youth Services and find out what’s happening in Camden.

Where: Julia Reserve Youth and Community Centre, Oran Park
When: Wednesday 23 November
Time: 3pm
Cost: Free

Rainbow Advocacy Youth Network – RAYN

Celebrate social inclusion with Camden’s LGBTQI+ youth community. Big Yellow Umbrella’s RAYN group meet every Wednesday for LGBTQI+ young people and their allies.

Where: Julia Reserve Youth and Community Centre, Oran Park

When: Every Wednesday

Time: 4-5.30pm

Cost: Free


Paint the Town REaD Social Inclusion Week Children’s Book List

Purchase or borrow a book to start the conversation with a child about kindness, inclusion and acceptance. All books on the list are available to borrow from Camden Libraries.


Inclusion Resource Kits

Inclusion Resource Kits (book packs) initiative encourages preschools, school groups, mothers’ groups and community to talk with children about recognising all abilities. Each pack contains 12 books themed about disability with learning guides and discussion points for talking to children about disability and recognising all abilities. Follow up activities and useful websites to visit to learn more about inclusion are also provided.

The book packs can be borrowed from Camden Libraries.


Storytime sessions at Camden Libraries

Camden Libraries will celebrate Social Inclusion Week by dedicating their regular Storytime sessions to books that promote inclusion and respect.

Narellan Library

Monday 21 November, 10am and 11am

Wednesday 23 November, 10am and 11am

Friday 25 November, 10am and 11am

Camden Library

Tuesday 22 November, 10am and 11am

Thursday 24 November, 10am and 11am

Oran Park Library  

Monday 21 November, 10am and 11am

Wednesday 23 November, 10am and 11am

Friday 25 November, 11am

Bookings required for all above sessions:


Camden Women’s Coffee Club – Celebrating Social Inclusion

Council in partnership with members of the Cohesive Communities Advisory Group (CCAG) and Camden’s Women’s Coffee Club (CWCC) will follow this year’s theme of CONNECT, COLLABORATE & CELEBRATE! and talk with women from all cultures and abilities, ages and interests who will share their inspirational stories and experiences whilst sharing a meal.

Also featuring on the night will be story telling creative performances and food from around the globe to enjoy.

When: Thursday 24 November

Time: 6-8pm

Where: Jack Nash Club House Nash Place, Currans Hill (entry from Nash Place)

Cost: FREE

Bookings essential:


Service Sector

Diversity in Dementia Workshop

Social Inclusion Disability, Culture and Community

Intended audience: health professionals, service providers, support workers

People with dementia from diverse backgrounds experience greater barriers to diagnostic support, care services, and social activities.  Join Camden Council and Western Sydney University researcher and advocate, Dr Diana Karamacoska, for a 2-hr practical workshop on how to embrace and support diversity, inclusion, and equity in people at-risk of, or living with, dementia.

Following the workshop please stay on for lunch and networking opportunities.

This session is being run as part of the Dementia Friends Initiative and certificates from Dementia Australia will be given to those who participate.   

When: Thursday 24 November

Time: 10am-12pm

Where: Julia Reserve Youth and Community Centre, Oran Park

Cost: FREE

Bookings essential:


Ask Away! – Disability and Inclusion Awareness Video - Social Media Posts

The video will focus on answering questions from individuals about the intersecting characteristics of disability including cultural diversity, age, and those who may be marginalised.


Social Inclusion Week Competition online

What do you love about your culture? This can be where you are born, your ancestry or what culture you identify with. Enter or Click on the link below and let us know in 100 words or less what you love about your culture for your chance to win one of seven $100 dining vouchers.”

Terms and Conditions apply:  Terms and Conditions


Competition opens from 19 November to 10 December.

Winners announced Wednesday 15 December.