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Our friends at Belonging Matters Inc. are hosting this workshop and it may be very useful for members and families in our group. Our own Justine is involved in this project to help families set up and strengthen their circles.

When and Where

Wednesday 7th March, 2018, 9.30 am – 4.00 pm.

Burwood District Bowls Club, Warrigal Rd, Burwood, VIC

What is this workshop about?

The idea of an active support network is really an old idea in our society. For people with disabilities, Circles of Support is an idea and practice that has been around for over 25 years. It is not a service or program but rather a group of people who are intentionally invited to come together in friendship and support of a person with disability, for the purpose of achieving their goals and protecting their interests into the future. Circles of Support can enable: more people in the life of each individual who are not paid to be there, an increase in the number of new and positive roles that people hold, reconnection with family members, expanded social and economic opportunities, an important safeguard for the future and a better life. In this workshop you will learn about:

  • Intentions and possible purposes of a Circle of Support,

  • The key dimensions for a successful Circle of Support,

  • The practicalities,

  • How to recruit, invite and support Circle members,

  • How to take the steps to start or strengthen a Circle of Support, and

  • The possible limitations and how to overcome common areas of challenge,

  • How to engage a vision for an inclusive life.

You will also hear some “real life” stories from people who have a Circle of Support. This is a practical workshop and will use interactive exercises, refection and discussion!

“Motivating. Changed my life. Phenomenal. Succour for the soul! Lots of useful information.
Hearing how it is actually put into practice/personalised. Practical ideas, take away to work on.
I liken it to the “BIG BANG.” Real, rich and grounded. Truly inspiring & emotional. The speakers
were excellent. Daring to imagine, courage to change and determination to act. Mindset
changing. Lots of thought & reflection about the ‘how’ to do. Honesty, humanity, equality. Opened my mind to new ideas. Enlightening.”

Who is this workshop for?

People with a disability, families, circle members, friends/allies, and others interested in developing Circles of Support with people who have a disability or other who may be at risk of marginalisation, loneliness and exclusion.

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