Hatfield visited by European delegates to talk social inclusion

PUBLISHED: 10:45 21 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:45 21 February 2017

Hatfield hosts European visitors to talk social inclusion.

Hatfield hosts European visitors to talk social inclusion.

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Visitors from Romania, Slovakia, Turkey and Northern Ireland visited Hatfield and were given a tour around Hatfield Town Centre.

The delegation of visitors arrived in Hatfield on February 8, as part of the EU Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership with Hatfield charity Kaleidoscope Enterprise.

The partnership called ‘Innovative Quality Mentoring for Inclusion’ paired our EU neighbours with the charity in order to better understand the community context we operate in and the nature of exclusion and deprivation.

The council was represented by councillor Bernard Sarson and partnerships officer Lester Vaughan, who guided the visitors around Hatfield Town Centre and gave talks about the council’s community strategy for tackling deprivation and social exclusion.

Councillor Bernard Sarson, executive member for business, partnerships and public health, said: “It was a real pleasure for me to show our European neighbours the initiatives we have in place to deal with exclusion and deprivation.

“It is important to share knowledge and teach and learn from other countries.

“We have come a long way in our regeneration of Hatfield and we continue to do everything we can to prevent exclusion and deprivation.”

Moreen Pascal, leader of Kaleidoscope, said: “The best thing about the day was being able to view Hatfield’s not-for-profit sector through the eyes of strangers.

“I think it reinforced our view that the sector is full of clever, passionate people and organisations who are busy doing things that are very worthwhile for our community, despite financial and social challenges.”

One of the Romanian delegates commented: “I was most impressed by the authenticity of the people that hosted us.

“The diversity of settings, and seeing people in their own place, has added to the depth of the exchanges.

“Each visit has hit a cord relating to my own activity in Romania.”

The day concluded with a dinner held at Hatfield Rotary Club.

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