Social Inclusion

Everyone benefits when people feel accepted and welcomed in their community

When people experience social inclusion, they feel like they belong in their community and that they are connected to their fellow community members. They feel welcomed and valued, and that they have much to contribute to society. A feeling of social inclusion strongly affects a person’s overall well-being and sense of confidence; conversely, social isolation has serious physical, mental, and emotional consequences. People who are socially isolated are at higher risk of developing health problems, facing mental health challenges, and experiencing poverty and a significantly reduced quality of life.

Seniors, immigrants, refugees, and people with disabilities are more likely than the general population to lack positive social ties and become socially isolated. United Way supports programs and initiatives that help individuals build meaningful relationships and feel more included in their communities. Through Community Hubs, a collaboration of United Way and The City of Calgary, we’re creating stronger, more inclusive neighbourhoods throughout our city, providing environments where people can form new social networks, contribute to community-based economic development, and more.

People with stronger social connections have a 50 per cent increased chance of a longer life. (Source: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-Analytic Review, 2010)

One in three Calgarians don’t feel they belong in their community. (Source: Statistics Canada – Health Fact Sheets, 2019)

In 2020, 36% of Albertans reported feeling isolated and lonely. (Source: Angus Reid Institute, 2020)

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