Replay event: Building a context for relationship

Building a context for relationship - replay event

Start: Wed 15 Nov, 2023 17:00 End: Fri 15 Dec, 2023 17:00

Location: Online, via Zoom


On Friday,  10 November, Janet Klees and Selena Blake presented one of our most popular online workshops, Building a Context for Relationship. As always, it was a wonderful exploration of how to support people to develop relationships with others.

The workshop is now available as a limited-time replay event.

If you are involved with planning and supporting a person to be a fuller member of their community and need a practical approach that works, this workshop is for you!

About the workshop

You cannot create a relationship….but you can recognise, encourage and design opportunities in which the miracle of friendship is more likely to occur. – Janet Klees

Register for the replay and explore

  • stories to stretch your imagination
  • a basic framework that you can begin to use today, and
  • some tips and ideas on support basics from practitioners of more than 30 years.

The workshop is based upon the belief that when our communities are able to invite, welcome and appreciate the contributions of its most vulnerable members, we all benefit.

  • Communities need support to discover these contributions.
  • Supporters need a vision of possibility, a sound approach and effective strategies to take action.

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Who should watch this replay event?

This replay is suitable for people with disability, their family members and those who support them, including

  • friends
  • extended family
  • Circle members
  • mentors
  • work colleagues
  • employers, and
  • educators.

Please share this registration link with others

  • Invite family and friends
  • Use the workshop as training for your family member’s mentors or support workers
  • Ask your school to register
  • Share it with your family member’s Circle of Support

To Register

  • Simply click the button, and you’ll be taken to a registration form
  • This is a free event
  • The replay is available for a limited time only. Access ends on Friday, 15 December, at 5:00 pm.

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For more information, contact Anne at

This workshop has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Go to the Department of Social Services website for more information.

Meet the speakers

Janet Klees

Portrait of Janet KleesJanet Klees is currently the Executive Director of the Durham Association for Family Resources and Support, a family-centred, SRV-anchored resource and support centre for families interested in building good, ordinary lives in community for and with their family members with disability. For at least 25 years before this, Janet has explored ways, together with many people and their families, to build the very communities we want to see. Her writing and teaching are a reflection of these years.

Janet has spoken many times at our events over the years. She is a popular presenter because of her ability to communicate the nuances of supporting people with disability to enjoy the good things in life.

Selena Blake

Portrait of Selena BlakeSelena Blake is known for walking alongside people with disabilities and families who strive to build good, full lives anchored in community. She is a co-creator of initiatives spearheaded by families and community members. She also mentors others who want to journey with families in everyday, ordinary ways.

For over seventeen years, Selena has worked on social justice initiatives that consider the complexities of intersectionality. She is currently the Director of Family Support for the Durham Association for Family Resources and Support. Here, she guides young families in building and sustaining circles of support and networks.

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