Social Inclusion Forum 2024: Preparatory Workshops

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Social Inclusion Forum 2024: Online Preparatory Workshops on Core Essentials & All Themes
CWI/EAPN Ireland Roundtables and Preparatory Workshops: A different approach

Community Work Ireland (CWI) and the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland collaborate annually to organise a series of workshops to support participation at the Social Inclusion Forum and to identify issues of concern to people affected by poverty and the organisations working with them. As CWI and EAPN Ireland have previously reported, the key issues participants raised and wanted heard are not new and are not unknown. Many have been stated and repeated in one guise or another at previous SIFs and in other policy spaces. Rather than presenting a list of issues under each theme, CWI and EAPN Ireland propose to shift the focus in the preparatory workshops, and the SIF itself, in order to focus on how best to tackle these issues and challenges – whether emerging, persistent and/or structural. In 2024, we propose to respond to the following questions, and to make this the focus of the preparatory workshops, the presentation of the workshop feedback at the SIF Plenary session and the SIF workshops:

    • What solutions could work to effectively address the issues that have been consistently raised?
    • Are the current policies and strategies up to the challenge and working?
    • If not, why not?
    • If so, why are they working [or what about them is working – e.g. what can be learned from them]? Has there been adequate progress to achieving the solution(s)?

 

Registration for Online Workshops:
Theme Date & Time
Preparatory Meeting on Core Essentials – with a focus on housing, healthcare and transport Tuesday 16 April, from 10am to 12pm.

Register here

Preparatory Workshop on All Themes (Communities; Employment; Disabled People; and Core Essentials) Monday 22 April, from 11am to 1pm.

Register here

Diary Date for those attending the Preparatory Workshop – Roundtable to summarise, finalise and agree key messages to SIF 2024, including a focus on intersectionality Tuesday 30 April, from 2pm to 4.00pm.

Link will be shared in advance.

Background

The Social Inclusion Forum 2024  will be held on May 30th in Croke Park. This year’s theme is: Delivering Change and Achieving Ambition: Progress on the Roadmap for Social Inclusion 2020 – 2025.

The Social Inclusion Forum (SIF) is part of the Government’s structures to monitor and evaluate the State’s strategy to address poverty and achieve social inclusion. This annual event is part of the institutional structures put in place to underpin the implementation, monitoring and on-going development of the Government’s social inclusion agenda. It provides a forum for wider public consultation and discussion on social inclusion issues and the implementation of the strategy on poverty and social exclusion, in particular for people experiencing poverty and social exclusion and the organisations/groups that work with them. The Forum also provides an opportunity for engagement between officials from Government Departments, community and voluntary organisations and people experiencing poverty.

Launched in 2020, The Roadmap to Social Inclusion 2020 – 2025 is the current national strategy. The Department of Social Protection selects a number of Roadmap Goals that are the focus for the Social Inclusion Forum each year.

This year, there will be a focus on the Goals of: Communities; Core Essentials (focus of the workshop will be on housing, healthcare and transport); Employment; Disabled People.

Register Now:

Register for Core Essentials Online Preparatory Workshop (with a focus on housing, healthcare and transport), taking place on Tuesday 16 April, 10am-12pm.

Register for ‘All Themes’ Online Preparatory Workshop (Communities; Employment; Disabled People; and Core Essentials), taking place on Monday 22 April, 11am-1pm.

 

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