// SOCIAL EXCLUSION
Social exclusion is a process whereby certain individuals or entire communities are pushed to the margins of society and prevented from participating fully by virtue of their poverty, lack of basic skills and learning opportunities, or as a result of discrimination. In this way, they are distance from the work opportunities, opportunities for income and education, as well as a network of social activities and community activities. They don’t have access to decision-making processes, and thus often feel powerless and unable to take control over the decisions that affect their daily life.
According to the UNDP National Human Development Report, almost one-fifth of Croatian citizens perceived themselves as socially excluded or at risk of social exclusion. Among those threatened with the highest risk of exclusion such as people with physical and intellectual disabilities, returnees, members of the Roma and Serbian minorities, long-term unemployed, young people, single parents, the homeless, the elderly and prisoners. Social exclusion or marginalization, as this phenomenon is also called, is associated with belonging to social class, minority groups, age groups and disability.
The consequences of social exclusion reflected in the fact that the affected individuals and communities prevented from participating fully in the economic, social and political life of their community and to enjoy the benefits that are available to other members. The most visible result is the exclusion of material poverty and deprivation but dignified housing conditions, health care, educational opportunities, employment and realization of their own potential. The consequences are the emotional trauma and chronic stress, disruption of physical health that can lead to catastrophic and long-lasting consequences for the life, health and the psyche.
// SOCIAL INCLUSION
Social inclusion is a process that those at risk of poverty and social exclusion provides an opportunity for acquisition of opportunities and resources necessary to participate fully in the economic, social and cultural life, and to enjoy a standard of living and well-being that is considered normal in the society in which they live. That process ensures that they have greater participation in decision-making, which affects their lives and access to fundamental rights. (Joint Report on Social Inclusion of the EU, 2004)
Activities RCTs about social inclusion based on the value our belief that all members of society, regardless of their belonging to a class, nation, race and religion, sexual orientation, material and educational status or disability, equal in their access to social resources and opportunities for achieving the highest possible own well-being, health and the realization of individual potential and well-being and health of their families.
These resources and mechanisms to achieve full participation and well-being of all members of society must represent a public good and nothing should not be limited. We believe, and on this belief, we based our activities about social inclusion, we as members of society are responsible and obliged to facilitate and support access to social, economic, health, educational and cultural resources to individuals and groups who have limitations, difficulties or lack of capacity and resources to self-used.
// TARGET GROUPS WITH WHOM WE WORK
RCT’s program of social inclusion is focused on psychosocial assistance and support:
– Members of national minorities,
– Refugees and returnees,
– Civilian victims of torture and war trauma,
– Women, children and young people who live in communities with fewer opportunities (areas of special state concern)
– Young people leaving the system of alternative care (homes for children and young people and foster families),
– The elderly,
– The homeless,
– Asylum seekers.
// PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES
Through a program of social inclusion, we strive to provide our customers, facilitate and empower them to engage in education and to acquire of professional skills and competencies, employment well as incomes, their health and welfare as well as active participation in the life of the community in which they live.
EDUCATION FOR EMPLOYMENT (more about the project ….)
WHAT I WEAR AN INDEPENDENT LIFESTYLE: the empowerment and support in finding a job to young people leaving in the system of alternative care (about the project ….)
EMPOWER THE WEAKEST IN LABOUR MARKET (completed 2011)
BOOK TO ROOF: NETWORK OF LIBRARY SUPPORT TO HOMELESS – City Zagreb as partner libraries project implementation