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Circles of Support – A workshop to explore who will stand with you!

April 3, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

What is this workshop about?

The idea of an active 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.  This is a practical workshop and will use interactive exercises, reflection and discussion! 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,
  • The possible limitations and how to overcome common areas of challenge, and
  • How to engage a vision for an inclusive life
  • Real life examples of people who have a Circle of Support.

 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 others who may be at risk or marginalisation, loneliness and exclusion.

 About the Presenters

Deb Rouget is the CEO of Belonging Matters.  For nearly 30 years, she has been involved in the lives of people with a disability and their families and has gained much practical experience and wisdom about imagining and designing supports that enable people with a disability to have typical opportunities in the community.  Through her work at Belonging Matters, she instigated the Building Community Networks project which facilitates Circles of Support.  In this project, through actively facilitating a number of Circles of Support, Deb has learnt what it takes to establish, maintain and harness people’s enthusiasm and skills to enable a full, meaningful and inclusive life.

Teresa Micallef has always chosen to work at the cutting edge of change in community and has worked alongside people with disabilities and their families for over 20 years.  She has been the Coordinator of a family governed service called Living Distinctive Lives for the past 9 years.  Currently she is the Project Manager of Building Community Networks and has been impressed by the power, creativity and resilience of people who experience disability, their families and networks.  In just a short time, she has seen the incredible impact of engaging positively with a person’s Circle of Support and how it can lead to the creating of a good life and safeguard the future.

Ticket information

Ticket prices include GST, workshop, handouts, morning/afternoon tea and lunch. Please read our ticket terms and conditions and refund policy before booking your ticket.

 Concession: $60.00  

Standard: $180.00

Bursaries: Available on application. Please email info@belongingmatters.org

Other rates may apply  

Registration: Closes Wednesday 29th March 2019. Registration is online and will not be accepted without payment. If you have trouble booking online please phone our office 03 97398333

Please note that Belonging Matters is a not-for-profit organisation. The ticket price includes GST and contributes to speaker airfares and costs.

Further info:

Email info@belongingmatters.org

Phone 03 9739 8333

Visit www.belongingmatters.org


April 3, 2019
9:30 am - 4:00 pm


Belonging Matters
03 97398333
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Caulfield Park Sports Club
280A Balaclava Road
Caulfield North, Victoria 3161 Australia
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03 9739 8333
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