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Galway City Council's Social Inclusion Week 2014 12th -18th October

Oct 10, 2014

Galway City Council's Social Inclusion Week 2014 is a collective response to address Poverty and Social Exclusion in Galway City, highlighting the good work taking place in Galway by groups and organisations in tackling issues within their local community.

Social Inclusion Week 2014 for Galway City, which this year has a Disability and Sport Focus, will be launched by Mayor of Galway City Councillor Donal Lyons at Kingfisher, NUIG on Sunday 12th October at 12:00 noon. All are Welcome!

On the launch day Galway Sports Partnership in conjunction with the Galway Centre for Independent Living will kick off Social Inclusion Week by hosting an Ability Sports Day in celebration of 20 years of the Galway Centre for Independent Living.

Linking with clubs from all over Galway and further a field Galway Sports Partnership & Galway Centre for Independent Living have organised a wide variety of sports that are available for people with disabilities in Galway. Attendees will have the opportunity to try a wide range of activities. A number of Ireland's elite Paralympians will also be on hand to demonstrate their skills and give coaching advice to all. Along with a host of sports people YOU are invited to come along and experience some of the many sports on display.

Everyone has a contribution to make….

Social Inclusion ensures they can!

Social Inclusion Week is a celebration of participation, equality and inclusion. This year we are aiming to ensure that even more people join in and get involved in the events and activities. The week will be used to highlight social inclusion initiatives that are taking place locally and highlight social exclusion issues both locally and nationally.

An events guide relating to Social Inclusion Week is available as a download from and printed copies are available from City Hall or Libraries around the city.

View Brochure: Social Inclusion Week 2014

All Events:

Ability Sports Day

Sunday 12th October 10:00 - 12:00 Kingfisher, NUIG, Galway

Meet some of Ireland's top Paralympians and Galway's Sports Stars and try out sports ranging from Wheelchair Hurling, Basketball, Table Tennis, Hand-cycling, cycling for visually impaired, martial arts and more.

Paper folding workshop with Carbon Assembly

Monday 13th October 9:30 - 13:00 Westside Library, Westside, Galway

Carbon Assembly will run a paper folding workshop with local primary school Scoíl Bhríde, using alternative art techniques towards realising a collaborative art work..

Volunteer Point

Tuesday 14th October 11:30 - 14:00 Galway City Centre Library, St Augustine Street, Galway

Find out about the many types of volunteering available in your local area.

Access for All - Promoting Universal Access

Tuesday 14th October 12:30 - 14:30 Eyre Square, Galway

Access For All works towards making Galway more accessible for people of all abilities. Find out more about the everyday difficulties and exclusions that people with disabilities experience, and how you can help.

SONKE Multicultural Choir Workshop

Tuesday 14th October 19:00 - 21:00 Presbyterian / Methodist Church Victoria Place, Galway

Listen and join in with the celebration of world music under the expert guidance of musical Director Helen Webb. Experience the joyful multicultural voices of Galway.

"Say it with Graffiti" shOUT! Will encourage Post Primary Schools & Youth Groups, Projects & Clubs in Galway City to organise a "Chalk Graffiti Statement of Inclusion"

Wednesday 15th October - All day

Encouraging young people to send out a positive message to other young people who identify as LGBT, by drawing the LGBT Rainbow and/or flag (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Violet) on the playground or a wall somewhere on the school/club premises, writing the name of the school/Youth Group alongside, taking a photo and sending it back.

Coffee Morning & Information on Galway Age Friendly Programme

Wednesday 15th October 10:00 - 12:00 Joyces Community Centre, Knocknacarra, Galway

Knocknacarra Active Retirement Association invite all Active Retirement Associations in the City to join them for an information morning with a guest speaker from the Galway Age Friendly Programme.

ARD Women's Circle Inclusion for All. Wednesday 15th October 10:00 - 12:30 Ard Family Resource Centre, Doughiska,

Celebrating the diversity of the Ard Women's Circle who are open to women from all walks of life, with Craft Workshops and international food and tea and coffee.

"Whiden Toie"

Wednesday 15th October 11:00 - 13:00 City Hall, Galway City Council, College Road, Galway

A photographic exhibition celebrating Traveller Culture, including a cultural awareness workshop.

Making Galway a Dementia Friendly Community

Wednesday 15th October 12.00-14.00 Eyre Square Shopping Centre, Eyre Square, Galway.

Increasing awareness around Dementia and improving the inclusion of people living with Dementia in local communities.

Mad Hatters Bingo

For the young and old. Wednesday 15th October 13:00 - 16:00 Westside Resource Centre, Westside, Galway

Westside Age Inclusion in conjunction with Youth Work Ireland will host this inter-generational event, where participants will have a hot lunch followed by an afternoon of fun bingo with everyone wearing a hat or head piece!

"Living Well With Arthritis" - Galway Branch of Arthritis Ireland

Wednesday 15th October 19:00 The Connacht Hotel, Dublin

The first week of a 6 week Programme called "Living Well With Arthritis" which supports people in self-management of their condition. Pre-registration is required with a small fee (reduced for medical card holders).

Westside Community Health & Well-being Morning

Thursday 16th October 10:00 - 13:00 Westside Resource Centre, Westside, Galway

Yoga, Meditation and Tai Chi workshops, input from the Marie Keating Foundation, a session on the benefits of healthy eating and a tour of the Westside Community Garden.

Schools Intercultural Futsal Blitz

Thursday 16th October 10:00 - 14:00 Our Ladys Boys Club, Sea Road, Galway

A local Fustal (5 a-side football) blitz for primary schools with a minimum of 15% participants from ethnic minority backgrounds.

"20th Anniversary - Open Day"

Thursday 16th October 11:00 - 15:00 Westside Resource Centre, Westside, Galway

For 20 years the Centre has been working to address disadvantage and promote social inclusion and provides a base for many groups and activities.

Public Information Fair - Galway Branch of Arthritis Ireland

Thursday 16th October 19:00 The Connacht Hotel, Dublin Road, Galway

The theme is taking a holistic approach to managing your condition and will have stands from different local services such as OT, Nutrition, Adapted Exercise, Podiatry etc. Tea and Coffee will be provided.

Calendar Launch - Clarenmore Artists

Friday 17th October 11:00 - 12:30 Ballybane Library, Ballybane, Galway

In aid of the Galway Hospice, a colourful and vibrant art calendar will be launched at the exhibition of 12 featured paintings, along with coffee, tea and home baking.

Come dine with us!

Friday 17th October 11:00 - 14:00 Croí na Gaillimhe, 1 Mill Street, Galway

The SOLAS (Support, Orientation and Learning for Asylum Seekers) project will unite people from various communities and nationalities by showcasing the culinary diversity that reflects the asylum seeking community living in Galway City, with dishes from Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Ireland and more being shared.

Galway Leader Forum Open Day

Friday 17th October 12:00 - 14:00 Croí House, Moyola Lane, Newcastle, Galway

Galway Leader Forum invites you to join your colleagues and friends who use disability support services in Galway for an afternoon of food and fun whilst learning how your experiences and expertise can effect real change in your community.

Transgender Information & Awareness Event

Saturday 18th October 15:00 - 18:00 Harbour Hotel, Dock Road, Galway

Hosted by Amach!, this open information and awareness evening covers Transgender supports and services and is an opportunity for everyone to learn more about living as a Transgender person in Ireland.

Threading S tories, Weaving Lives

Ongoing throughout the week during library opening times @ Galway City Library, Augustine Street, Galway

Galway City Library will have a Community Loom on display for the week. Anyone can visit the library and weave a layer into the tapestry using fabric, paper or a material of your choice. We need your help build a tapestry of your community.

Everyone has a contribution to make….

Social Inclusion ensures they can!