A range of events are taking place across Galway this week to mark Social Inclusion Week, which begins today and runs until Sunday.
Mayor of Galway Thomas Welby will officially launch the event at 10am this morning in Clann Resource Centre in Oughterard, with an aim to create awareness for people and communities that need that extra bit of help to take part in everyday life.
The week will also celebrate and recognise the good work that community groups and organisations do on a daily basis to help improve the quality of life for people living in Galway.
There is a great variety of events taking place such as art and photographic exhibitions, story telling and historical walks, music and dance sessions, open coffees mornings, quiz nights and disability awareness workshops.
Social Inclusion Week is being jointly launched with the ‘Out and Proud’ Road Show, a colourfully decorated bus which celebrates the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in our community.
After the launch in Oughterard, the bus will visit the Family Resource Centres of Gort from 11.30am to 12noon, Loughrea from 12.30pm to 1.30pm, Ballygar from 2.30pm to 3pm and Headford from 4pm to 4.30pm.
The bus creates awareness of LGBT issues and provides information about supports and services that are available. The ‘Out and Proud’ Road Show is organised by the LGBT Family Resource Centre (FRC) West Network with the shOUT! LGBT Youth Group from Youth Work Ireland, Galway.
A full programme of events is available on Galway County Council’s website at www.galway.ie/socialinclusion.