From left, Byron councillor Diane Woods, age and disabilities officer Karen Ingleman and Jan Fitzgerald of Ocean Shores. At rear, Tina Petroff of Ocean Shores.
From left, Byron councillor Diane Woods, age and disabilities officer Karen Ingleman and Jan Fitzgerald of Ocean Shores. At rear, Tina Petroff of Ocean Shores. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Connect with a neighbour this week

CALLING a friend, joining a social group or saying hello to a stranger are just some of the ways North Coast residents can celebrate Social Inclusion Week.

The event was started in 2009 by Dr Jonathon Welch AM, who is best known for his role in the ABC TV show Choir of Hard Knocks.

Ocean Shores residents forged friendships and used exercise equipment during their Social Inclusion Week celebration in Waterlily Park yesterday.

The event aimed to overcome two of society's biggest challenges, isolation and loneliness.

Byron Bay councillor, Diane Woods, said Social Inclusion Week helps promote social events and services on the North Coast.

"It's amazing what's out there but a lot of people don't know about it," she said.

"It lets people know; you don't need to be isolated, you can get community help and there's a lot of assistance available."

Neighbourhood centres and other community services organisations across the North Coast are celebrating the annual event.

From 10am-2pm today Lismore Neighbourhood Centre will hold a community event and free barbecue.

Ballina and District Community Services Association [BDCSA] is also running free bus tours departing the YAC in Swift St Ballina at midday and 1.30pm today, with a free barbecue from 12.30-1.30pm.

A mums group presentation will also be held from 2pm-2.30pm and a youth event from 3.30-6pm.

For more information about Social Inclusion Week, from November 19-27, visit www.socialinclusionweek.com.au.



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