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Social Inclusion Project

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Caritas is comitted to the principle of 'subsidiarity', which is to say that decision making should devolve to the lowest practicable level.  However problems arise when that level of participationis not possible simply because of cultural attitudes, lack of education and poverty.

Many charities, including Caritas, stand ready and willing to speak for these disenfranchised groups, and this is good.

Official leaflets and documents are printed in various languages, parts of religious services are delivered in several languages and translators are often made available but some bodies to those who have no English and this is also good.

Nevertheless,it would be much better if there was a way in which we could help these groups to speak out for themselves, to help and represent themselves.

This is the purpose and the aim of the Cartas Social Inclusion Project

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Highlands College delivers their English language services, mostly in the Caritas Welcome Centre, to 46 different nationalities! Jersey is extraordinarily multicultural.

Caritas believes that the way forward is to enable these minirities to become more active in their community abd in the wider Jersey society. Our proposal is that candidates, selected fromthe minority communities, will become 'leaders', woring with their local communities, helping them articulate their commuity's concerne andfrustrations, helping them gain a voice in our society and helping them campaign for what they believe in.

In this way, we will be sowing the seeds for a better, more socially integrated, society.

 

We will expect the candidates to offer their services to their community. In turn, Caritas will send selected candidates to England to undertake an extensive six-day residential course on Community Leadership run by Citizens UK.

 

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 download.png On the successful completion of this leadership course and having undertaken 50 hours of approved work in their community, the candidates will receive a Professional Certificate in Community Leadership, issued by Newham University, Birmingham

Citizens UK and Caritas will mentor these candidates during their community work. Trainees will be given an enriched sense of purpose, a diverse range of new powerful relationships and a practical set of tools to strengthen them and caritas, and enable them to make meaningful change in their community.

To find out more about the Social Inclusion Project please go to Caritas International Association Jersey who is tasked with implementation of this project. 

 

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