Does your family member with disability want to move out of the family home and into their own place? Whether it’s an apartment shared with friends or a place all to themselves, this can take a lot of thought and planning.
This peer group supports families striving to help their family member with disability find a place to call home.
Our Vision for Home for People with Disability
Imagine More does not endorse the congregated model of housing where strangers are expected to live together just because they have a disability. This includes group homes or cluster housing.
We believe that people with disability should have a home
- that reflects who they are
- that is embedded in neighbourhood and community
- where they can let their guard down
- in which they feel safe
- where they can relax and entertain
- and live with housemates of their choosing or by themselves
Wherever you are on your Imagining Home journey, join us to connect with other families who have a similar vision. Learn from, share with and be supported by like-minded peers.
About this Peer Support Group
In 2022, the Imagining Home Peer Support Group will explore what is possible when it comes to home.
The purpose of this peer group is to explore ordinary and typical options for home and the ways people with disability can move into a home that best suits them. We will look beyond the options usually presented, such as group homes and other forms of congregation of people with disability. (These options will not be discussed in this peer group.)
We’ll cover bricks and mortar options such as
- private rental
- house share/flatmates,
- and several other models.
We know there can be many obstacles to navigating this journey, and that’s why we hope this peer group will offer each member the support and guidance they need to take the road less travelled.
There will be guest speakers who will generously share their stories of moving out of the family home. We’ll also facilitate group discussions and sharing of ideas of typical and ordinary ways people have found a place to call home.
Our goal is that the combination of these elements will help the group to think like water. If something gets in the way of your progress, rather than trying to remove the obstacle or letting it stop you in your tracks, we encourage people to explore ways to move around it, much like how water flows around a boulder in a stream of water. The water has a clear direction, and it finds a way.
Dates and Times
This group will meet at 12:30 – 1:45 PM on the third Tuesday of each month from February to November.
Meeting dates are:
- 15 February
- 15 March
- 19 April
- 17 May
- 21 June
- 19 July
- 16 August
- 20 September
- 18 October
- 15 November
Join the Imagining Home Peer Support Group
This peer group is open to families striving to help their family members with disability find a place to call home that is ordinary and typical.
Please note there are limited places in this peer group, so we are currently seeking expressions of interest. Places will be allocated based on the following criteria:
- those who are investigating or pursuing a home of their own for their family member
- those who have attended previous Imagining Home peer groups
- those who reside in the ACT and the surrounding region, and
- those who can commit to attending each session*
Please note that peer sessions are not recorded. The only way to participate is via live attendance.
This Peer Group is now full but we are still accepting Expressions of Interest. Your name will be placed on our waitlist and contacted should a place become available.
About the Peer Group
- Meeting facilitator: Jan Kruger
- Meetings are free to attend, thanks to Department of Social Services funding
- All peer group meetings are virtual meetings using the Zoom platform
- You will receive an email reminder and Zoom link before each session.
- Peer group meetings not be recorded for viewing at alternate times (no replay will be available)
- If you have any questions about the Peer Group, please get in touch with Gayle (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Anne (email@example.com)
Other ways to explore Home in 2022
If you cannot get a place in this peer group, we have some other ways to learn more about options for home for your family member.
- Watch the video, Moving Out – Lisa Bridle from CRU (Community Resource Unit) explains the process her family adopted to support their son Sean to move into a home of his own.
- Plan to attend the My Home My Way workshop – We will deliver this three-part online workshop series again this year. More details to come.
*We understand that sometimes unexpected absences will occur; however, please only apply if you are confident you can attend each peer group session. We will follow up personally with any peer group member that misses two consecutive sessions. If they can no longer commit to monthly meetings, we will offer their place to the next person on the waitlist.