Social Development & Inclusion

dlr Celebrates its Diversity and Heritage

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
dlr County
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To celebrate the ever growing diversity within our communities, this October will see the kick off of The 2018 dlr Festival of Inclusion. Running from 5 to 13 of October, the festival will provide an opportunity to highlight the excellent work being undertaken county-wide, in creating a more fair and inclusive society.

Each year we recognise, celebrate and enjoy the outstanding work done by the many volunteer and professional groups who every day create positive outcomes, all the while enhancing the lives of families, friends and neighbours.

The theme of this year’s Festival is linked with the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, “Our Heritage: Where the Past meets the Future” with the aim of increasing awareness and understanding of inclusion and diversity in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. The Festival also encourages engagement and participation to support communities experiencing exclusion or marginalisation.

Along with old favourites, such as the Diversity Fashion Show, the Core Credit Union dlr Community 5k (now in its 10th year!), the International Women’s Breakfast and the dlr BIG SING, we will have some new events this year. One such event is the Autism Awareness event on Wednesday, 10 October with keynote speaker Adam Harris, founder and CEO of AsIAm, the online hub for the Autism community which aims to inform and empower those affected by the condition and their families.

We will also be providing demonstrations of the Tovertafel, or Magic Table, an award-winning innovation from the Netherlands renowned for its cutting edge approach to dementia care. dlr is providing two Tovertafel table, one in dlr LexIcon and the other in Deansgrange Library. The technology used in the tables has been designed to help those at a later stage of their dementia journey to be more active and to create moments of happiness. It consists of a series of interactive games projected onto a table. The games are formulated with the intention to trigger a sense of reminiscence among players in order to encourage stimulation socially, cognitively and physically. The light games encourage players to reach out towards them and the lights subsequently respond to their hand and arm movements, allowing the users to play with the light.

Individuals or organisations wishing to book the LexIcon table are invited to contact the library at dlrlexiconlib@dlrcoco.ie or 01-2801147. Deansgrange users should email deansgrangelib@dlrcoco.ie or 01-2850860.

In addition to the numerous events taking place county-wide throughout the week, there will be the chance to visit the annual Primary Schools Drawing Competition & information exhibition at County Hall, which will display the tremendous work by dlr's network of volunteers and community organisations throughout the year within Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.

The full dlr Festival of Inclusion Programme of Events is now available via www.dlrcoco.ie  with hard copies also available via branch libraries.

For further information about the Festival of Inclusion please call 01 205 4893 or alternatively e mail: community@dlrcoco.ie