In care work, how successful are outreach approaches and advocacy in engaging people who are socially excluded?
To answer this question it is important to be aware what social exclusion means. “To be socially excluded means lacking opportunities and experiences that are taken for granted by the general population. People are excluded when they are not part of the networks which support most people in ordinary life – networks of family, friends, community and employment” (Robert Gordon). To be able to live healthy and enjoyable lives a social context of connection to others and to community, awareness of purpose, sense of having some control over life are equally important. (Hashagen, 2003, K101, Unit 9).
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (WHO, 2004), in which communities and the neighbourhoods an individual lives in can enhance people’s health, self-confidence and a general outlook on life. In my assignment I would like to introduce and define the meaning of neighbourhoods, social exclusion, outreach and advocacy as well as positive and negative aspects of it. To illustrate positives and negatives I will use the residents of Thornhill (K101, DVD, Unit 10, video 10.1-10.4),Thornhill Plus You Project (K101, DVD, Unit 9, video 9.3), Thornhill Family Support - Mina (K101, Unit 10, Activity 5), Community Access Project For Isolated and Excluded People (K101, DVD, Unit 10, Activity 11, video 10.1) and Community Access Project; outreach and advocacy (K101, DVD, Unit 10, Audio 10.1).
By taking a closer look at Thornhill which has been identified as being one of the most deprived neighbour hoods in England (K101, block 3 unit 9) I will present positive and negative impacts that neighbourhoods can have on people’s life.
According to Labonte when people are able to do things they enjoy and have good social relationships and feel in control of their lives, their sense...