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National Inclusion Week - and everyday inclusion

October 3, 2020 12:54 PM

National Inclusion Week

It's been National Inclusion Week (28 September to 4th October), but most people wouldn't know it. Have we heard mention of it in the media? Has it been marked by the government? No. Searching on the Gov.UK website, I could only find reference to the week marked in 2019. I checked the Buckinghamshire Council website and found "No results".

And yet, this year more than ever before, we all know how important it is to seek to ensure that every member of our community feels "included". That means not being left out - be it economically, or socially, in the provision of public services or in our day to day dealings with each other, by reason of any personal characteristic. It means making people feel valued and respected, whatever their background and circumstances. It's about belonging in our community.

It strikes me as a pity that there is a single designated week in the year when consciously including people , individually or collectively, is marked. Surely this is something we can all be doing each and every day. As we face the prospect of a tough six months ahead (and it will be very tough for far too many in our community, as the pandemic continues), we can all make a difference to the lives of others around us, starting with valuing them as members of the community. A warm smile, a friendly phone call…. it needn't take much.

We can all make a difference, every week of the year.

Rachel Dineley, Diversity Officer