Social exclusion can affect anyone. All it takes is a traumatic life experience or the direct experience of a social issue, or a couple of mistakes in life, or making the wrong decisions. Nobody is perfect, there's no social standard and we all come from a position of ignorance.
People affected by social exclusion usually feel held back and restricted by various barriers - practical, financial, social, emotional, psychological - which they would love to change but have no opportunity to do so. Social exclusion is usually a stressful, often distressing experience.
The effects vary from person to person, but can include sleep disturbances, an inability to concentrate, solve problems, a deep sense of loneliness, despair, social anxiety, loss of self-confidence and self-esteem, eating disorders, addiction, mental illness, depression, premature death and suicide.
Social exclusion is a process resulting from social stigma, depersonalization, status loss and denial of opportunity. It's a symptom of cultural decline and social fragmentation. Having been let down, denied, or even attacked and abused, many affected develop trust issues, and internally stigmatize and exclude themselves just to avoid further conflict.
We work to develop culture in local communities through making opportunities to explore and develop creativity freely accessible to everyone
We work to support people out of social exclusion. Our community support is based on primary social interaction and is designed to support people with different issues
We work to promote greater awareness, understanding and acceptance between different people in a community or society working against social stigma and social division
Qultura is genuinely conflicted by Universal Credit
which is scheduled to replace our current benefits system
at the end of 2017.
We prefer the flexible approach offered by the basic concept of Universal Credit and feel it is somewhat better than the idea of a universal basic income. Universal Credit exists and we support Universal credit but only on principle
What we don't accept and don't support is the way
Universal Credit is being administered and implemented nor
do we support the ineffective, broken system of
conditionality on which Universal Credit is based. This
has the effect of causing widespread hardship, pushes
benefit claimants even deeper into social exclusion and
makes access to opportunities to work even less
acceptable. We fear that if Universal Credit is rolled out
nationally in its present form it will cause a massive
increase in the level of personal debt, evictions,
destitution, unnecessary deaths and suicides.
We are looking to develop an alternative network of small claimant collective groups, community support networks and other organizations who can work together to offset and mitigate the devastating effects caused by the rolling out of Universal Credit nationally at the end of the year. We are appealing for people to get involved and help us develop this network.