Social inclusion

In 1998, the Social Inclusion Unit defined social exclusion as:

‘a shorthand term for what can happen when people or areas suffer from a combination of linked problems such as employment, poor skills, low incomes, poor housing, high crime environments, bad health, poverty, and family breakdown'.

(Bringing Britain together: a national strategy for neighbourhood renewal, Social Exclusion Unit 1998)

MLA North West believes that the region’s museums, libraries and archives have a key role in engaging with socially excluded individuals. We are committed to broadening access to cultural resources and learning for all.

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) has produced a toolkit called Access for All, which has been designed to address the social inclusion agenda.

For information on our projects and initiatives relating to social inclusion, please see the links below:

Skills for Life
Museums, archives and libraries provide many opportunities for skills development.
Diversity network
MLA North West facilitates a regional Diversity network for museums, libraries and archives.
Community profiling
In May 2002 Regeneris were commissioned to undertake a community profiling exercise which would help MLA North West to work more strategically and to help museums, libraries and archives in the North West identify the needs of their local communities.
Need to Read
The Need to Read project aimed to explore ways in which museums, libraries and archives can help people develop skills for life.
INSPIRE (Information Sharing Partners in Resources for Education) is a national initiative to promote and facilitate access to libraries of all kinds, including higher education, public and national libraries.
Community archives
The growth of community archives has increased dramatically in recent years, as people seek to celebrate and record their past and that of their communities.
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Related Links:

Bringing Britain together: a national strategy for neighbourhood renewal 

MLA Access for All toolkit 

Neighbourhood Renewal & Social Inclusion: the role of museums, archives and libraries 

Social Exclusion Unit, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister 

Social inclusion and libraries: a resource guide 

For further information please contact:

Jo Ward, Learning and Access Officer
T: 01925 625069

MLA North West
Ground Floor, The Malt Building, Wilderspool Park, Greenalls Avenue, Warrington WA4 6HL
Tel: 01925 625050 | Fax: 01925 243453