Date: Friday 13th April 2013
Time: 9:30 am – 4pm
Venue: ACT Youth Coalition| 46 Clianthus Street, O’Connor
This workshop has been subsidised as part of the Imagine More ILC initiative – funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Visit www.ndis.gov.au for more information.
There will be a $50 charge for those who register and do not attend without informing Imagine More (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For many people with a disability, the gathering of people who can imagine, create and advocate for a better life is crucial. 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 protecting their interests into the future and achieving their goals.
Support and Resources will be available for those in the ACT who want to establish a Circle of Support.
Some things that circles have enabled:
- 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
What you will learn:
- 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
- The possible limitations and troubleshoot the common areas of challenge
- How to take the steps to start or strengthen a Circle of Support
- 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. We’ll use interactive exercises and discussion!
Who should attend?
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 people who may be at risk of marginalisation, loneliness and exclusion.
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 a number of 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.