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The Social Inclusion Congress is being promoted by the Social Inclusion Working Group of the Hospitaller Order of St John of God and the Sisters Hospitallers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.


The Social Inclusion Working Group is part of the Europe Commission, chaired by Brother Joaquim Erra, General Councillor of the OHSJD. Its mission is to promote the sharing of knowledge, initiatives and joint planning of the European Provinces in the field of social inclusion.


This Working Group understands the commitment to work for social inclusion by means of accompaniment for the purpose of preventing, correcting or alleviating problems relating to the interaction between people, taking into account its two dimensions: their functional autonomy and integration/relationships.


The purpose of this accompaniment must be to foster interaction between people and develop their capacity as agents.


Interaction: a person's capacity to exercise and maintain their ability to be, belong to to develop in their particular reference group or community as equals in every aspect of life.

Agency: the individual capacity to act and conduct themselves freely and capably in the world.

The Working Group comprises one representative of each European Province of the Hospitaller Order of St John of God (Poland, Bavaria, Austria, France, Lombardy-Veneto, Rome, Spain, Portugal, Western Europe) and two representatives of the Sisters Hospitallers.

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