Professional development activities

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  • 15/03/2019
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Professional development activities

Belonging Matters are running the following workshops in April:

Workshop 1 – Circles of Support
A workshop to explore who will stand with you

Date: Wednesday, 3rd April 2019
Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm
Venue: Caulfield Park Sports Club
(280A Balaclava Road, Caulfield North  Vic  3161)

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.

For more information and to book, check out this detailed flyer:
Circles of Support

 

Workshop 2 – Facilitating Conversations that Matter
Fostering Valued Roles in Community

Date: Tuesday 30th April 2019
Time: 9.30am-4.30pm
Venue: Caulfield Park Sports Club
(280A Balaclava Road, Caulfield North  Vic  3161)

What is this workshop about?
Often our conversations and planning with people who have a disability and others who have needs focuses on what people can’t do or finding “services” for people rather than how a person could contribute to their community. This workshop aims to assist facilitators and planners to enhance their skills and engage in deeper conversations about assisting people to pursue valued roles in the community.

Topics covered in this workshop include:

  • Disrupting patterns of thinking and resistance,
  • Creating vision,
  • Embracing diversity, values and community,
  • Exploring valued roles,
  • Bringing life to meetings,
  • Doing work that matters,
  • Getting unstuck, and
  • Connecting people and ideas.

Who is the workshop for?
This workshop would be of interest to those who facilitate Circles of Support, team meetings or planning meetings that aim to increase the inclusion of people who might be marginalised from the community e.g. people with a disability, people who have a mental illness, people who are ageing etc.

For more information and to book, check out this detailed flyer:
Facilitating conversations that matter