Building Community, Building Belonging

A reality of many groups in human services is that they are isolated from society.  For people with a disability this may mean that they have no community involvement at all and are in fact without friends.  Aged people may find that they become increasingly isolated and feel abandoned with no relationships outside of paid staff.

Community participation and relationships are unlikely to occur spontaneously.  In fact they will require considerable thought and direct action over time to increase the probability of real relationships developing.

In this one day workshop the focus is on what we mean by community belonging, with a consideration of eight elements that come together to maximise the probability of real participation.  Valued roles are stressed with examples of how valued roles can be developed for individuals with major disabilities or difficulties such as dementia.

The workshop is individualised for the particular group of most concern to the participants.  Examples have been aged persons; people with multiple disabilities; people with autistic characteristics or people who have been institutionalised for most of their life.

Participants work through specific examples in small groups to demonstrate that practical, realistic changes can be made to enhance the lives of people in human services.  A shorter half-day version is possible to cover some of the major points but with less opportunity for practical involvement in planning.

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Other Workshops

Introduction to values-based human service | Building Community, Building Belonging | Common life experiences of people who are disabled (or ageing) | Introduction to some principles of Social Role Valorization | How human services can harm, and how to minimise this | Responding to vulnerability: Safeguards, advocacy and duty of care | Implementing change in human services | Model Coherency | Positive behaviour support for individuals in human services | Values in Action | Values considerations for Board Members