• Supporting those affected by the misery of stigma and exclusion

The process aspect of social exclusion

Social exclusion is a social issues which is generally progressive in nature and occurs as part of a process over a period of time. This means that generally people become socially excluded before they realize that they are socially excluded. This process aspect is also what makes it different from many other social issues. For example homelessness is a social issue which is generally resolve4d by giving someone somewhere to live, i.e. an event. Social exclusion cannot be resolved by a single event nor can it be resolved by giving someone money. Usually the only way someone can overcome social exclusion is by finding a way to reverse the process.

This is an extremely important thing to bear in mind when it comes to social exclusion - you have to allow someone to reverse their own process of social exclusion and give them suffciient opportunities and support to be able to do so. You cannot tackle social exclusion by normal charitable means, as the failed charity kid's Company discovered (while our focus is not so much on children and young people Qultura does have a very similar mission and objectives to the ones Kid's Company had). Attempting to do so can get very resource hungry very quickly with little or no possibility of achieving your mission or objectives. Likewise intervention is generally unhelpful and counterproductive. Most, if not all, people who are socially excluded are painfully aware of their issues and also have a very good idea of the solutions they need. They simply lack opportunities to move towards their solutions.

The process aspect of social exclusion also means that as a social issue it is also very time dependent. Generally the quicker someone who is excluded can access support and opportunities for social interaction the more successful and quicker their recovery will be. This is because human beings form social bonds much quicker and far more efficiently than any other form of emotional attachment. However conversely this also means that there's a significant risk when someone has experienced much deeper, multi-dimensional social exclusion in that the chances of recovery can be greatly diminished and some of these people may not make a full recovery but only a partial recovery.

When someone is given access to opportunities for social interaction and social support which successfully manages to revrse their process of social exclusionm, their recovery from social exclusion also impacts in a positive way on whatever other issues they are experiencing which are connected. Recovering from social exclusion also accelerates recovery from other issues such as mental illness, depression, social anxiety and it is a major factor in people being able to overcome and beat various addictions. People also reocver their self-confidence, a better sense of their own value and worth, they regain self-motivation and whatever social skills were lost.

Qultura works to develop various projects and strategies at local community leevl designed to help people who are affected by social exclusion to access support and develop a new social support network. We rely very heavily on providing people with opportunities for primary social interaction - social interaction which is positive, pleasant and reaffirming - as well as access to opportunites to take part in various creative and community activities. Over the years we have helped various people transform their lives by making new friends, finding work, beating addictions and even on a few occasions finding a life partner.