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Including the Excluded: From Practice to Policy in European by Paul Henderson

By Paul Henderson

This booklet presents an in-depth research of the way group improvement can give a contribution to tackling social exclusion. Drawing at the results of a undertaking funded through the Social Inclusion Programme of the ecu Union and controlled by means of a eu community of neighborhood improvement organizations - the mixed eu Bureau for Social improvement - it comprises the excluded: analyses the reports of neighborhood groups; identifies and explains the foremost ideas that have to underpin programmes and tasks that use a community-based method of tackling social exclusion; and gives a precis of key motion issues that have to be thought of by means of agencies and organisations. Examples from coverage and perform within the united kingdom, Spain, Belgium, Sweden and Norway are mentioned, with more information from Denmark, eire and Hungary. the rules and techniques mentioned supply a helpful perception into how the voices of local community and practitioners will be heard in coverage and decision-making boards.

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Forums can provide access to information, politicians and local government officers. They can also be a way of having two-way consultation, of building relationships and networks and of playing a role in conflict mediation between and within communities. Two examples of partnerships were discussed. The Frizinghall Partnership initially involved a ‘top-down’ approach. This was appropriate as the community was too disengaged at the outset of the initiative to launch it ‘bottom up’. Local residents are now getting involved.

The profile of the users shows a very differentiated picture – a mirror of the population of Vesterbro – as shown in the following examples. A male refugee from Iran, who has a Master’s degree in social science and who speaks seven languages, gets a prescription to the project from his doctor. He would like to start exercising with a sports association and get into a social network. He had been imprisoned in Iran for 14 years and is traumatised. He lives alone, cannot get employment and spends his days reading.

Since the project started, the activities have been extended to include Wijkresto & Co, while related projects have been developed to improve living conditions in the area and to promote social cohesion. All the new projects sprang from the ideas of local people and were implemented in partnership with the private sector, municipal services and community organisations. In more concrete terms: • The bicycle shed project: 83 metal bicycle sheds were made available, free, to people living in the tower blocks.

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