Safeguarding the future conference - Canberra, 23-24 May 2024

Imagining Home Peer Support Group

The Imagining Home Peer Group logo 2024

A supportive group of like-minded families exploring Home for their family members with disability

Apply to join the Imagining Home Peer Group in 2024


Does your family member with disability want to move out of the family home and into their own place? Or have they already moved into a home of their own and need support to build and sustain their sense of home and community?

Planning for a place to call home, whether shared with friends or where the person lives on their own, requires careful thought.

The families who join this peer group have a strong vision for home for their family members with disability. They share our belief 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
  • in which they can live with housemates of their choosing or by themselves.

We encourage people to look beyond the limitations of congregated housing models.

In 2024, join us to learn from, share with, and be supported by like-minded peers.

Apply to join the Imagining Home Peer Group in 2024

About this Peer Support Group

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’ll cover topics such as

  • home ownership
  • private rental
  • house share/flatmates
  • support options
  • sustaining the arrangement
  • planning to move and
  • what to do while you are waiting.

We will look beyond the options usually presented to people with disability, such as group homes and other forms of the congregation of people with disability. Therefore, this group won’t invest in discussions around group home living arrangements

There can be many obstacles when navigating this journey, so this peer group will offer each member the support and guidance they need to take the road less travelled.

Throughout the year, you’ll hear from guest speakers who will generously share their stories of home. Please note that we don’t record peer group conversations. The only way to take part is via live attendance.

Apply to join the Imagining Home Peer Group in 2024

Dates and Times

The group meets monthly for one hour from 12:30 – 1:30 pm pm the second Tuesday of the month. Confirmed dates for 2024 are:

  • Tuesday, 13 February 2024
  • Tuesday, 12 March 2024
  • Tuesday, 9 April 2024
  • Tuesday, 14 May 2024
  • Tuesday, 11 June 2024

Location

This peer group meets online via Zoom.

Allocation of places

There are limited places in this peer group. Priority will be given to families who

  • are investigating or currently supporting their family member to live in a home of their own
  • have previously attended one of our peer groups or workshops about Home
  • are residents of the ACT and the surrounding region, and
  • can commit to attending each session*.

*We understand that sometimes unexpected absences will occur. Please only apply if you are confident you can attend most peer group sessions.

This Peer Group is popular, and places fill quickly. Your name will be added to a waitlist if the peer group is full. We will contact you during the year should a place become available.

Apply to join the Imagining Home Peer Group in 2024

Comments from past members of the Imagining Home Peer Group

“I’m not alone! There are other families whose lives are complex too. This peer group has been a safe and encouraging place to learn how to move forward.”

“Imagine More have an abundance of fantastic resources and as a group of people are an invaluable source of information and support. It cannot be underestimated how much having families who have loved ones with disability and who have lived experience are crucial in providing leadership and teaching to other families.”

“We are keen for our daughter not to be segregated from the community and this peer group has made me realise that this is very achievable.”

About the Peer GroupJan Kruger and Anne Keep

  • Meeting facilitators: Jan Kruger and Anne Keep
  • Meetings are free to attend, thanks to Department of Social Services funding
  • You will receive an email reminder and Zoom link before each session.
  • We don’t record peer group conversations, and no replay will be available.
  • If you have any questions about the Peer Group, please get in touch with Anne at anne@imaginemore.org.au.

Other ways to explore Home in 2023

If you cannot get a place in this peer group, there are other ways to learn more about options for Home for your family member.