Social exclusion can happen to anyone. A sense of being alone, without support, is a rising trend even in the most dense urban centres. But it’s more prevalent in less affluent neighbourhoods where limited access to education, poverty and mental health issues take a toll on people’s wellbeing. People lose self-confidence and become discouraged from taking initiative – the mental barriers that present the biggest obstacle to getting people involved.
In developing programming that meets community needs, Parole d’excluEs has reimagined and revitalized the interconnected courtyards of 16 midrise buildings in Montreal North with four more to go. Here are some of the things that they do—and lessons that they have to pass on vis-à-vis reducing social isolation among marginalized people.