At the root of many of the conflicts in the world is the separation of people into ‘them and us’. This automatically sets up a process of exclusion where ‘we’ are accorded status, benefits and belonging whereas ‘they’ are excluded from these benefits.
We all know what it is like to be excluded and rejected. It is unpleasant, demeaning and eats away at our self-esteem and confidence. We know that the right thing to do is to bring others in if they have been excluded but we are often held back from doing the right thing. We also know that when we do reach out to include others it brings out community building qualities in ourselves and others such as caring, compassion, empathy, tolerance and positivity.
Include has been established to provide support and training to increase inclusion in our community. It was founded on the belief that inclusion is the right thing to do at a personal, societal and human level.