The Weaving House is hosting two meetings with the Inclusive Aotearoa Collective Sunday March 1, 5.30-7.30pm & Monday March 2, 2-4pm at the Wānaka Community Hub.
Conversations around the concepts of belonging and inclusion will take place in Wānaka as part of a nationwide roadshow starting this month and running until September 2020.
One of 64 events planned and facilitated by Inclusive Aotearoa Collective Tāhono as part of its 2020 project, these community conversations are being held to learn first-hand what belonging feels like, what hinders this, and what needs to change to create inclusive communities.
Inclusive Aotearoa Collective Tāhono was formed last year with the support of people across the country who are committed to building an inclusive society. This year, the focus is on connecting with a wide range of New Zealanders to hear their experiences on belonging and inclusion. This will be used to develop a strategy which will be implemented by forming ‘constellations’ — a network of people and organisations working together on a common goal.
"We have a vision for a country where everyone has a place to belong," says Anjum Rahman, Founder and Project Lead for Inclusive Aotearoa Collective Tāhono,
"the freedom to thrive, to be understood and appreciated for your individuality — and to be embraced as a valued member of New Zealand society. These are all things we want as individuals and communities. This initiative will focus on how we can support that.”
"Discrimination and exclusion touch so many of us in different ways," says Rahman. "By holding conversations with those affected, we can develop a way forward based on their stories, their needs and their suggestions for change."
The Weaving House is inviting members of our community to participate in these conversations. Members of the public are welcome to contact The Weaving House to participate.