Introducing Circles of Support

October 21, 2020
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  • Session 1 is open to Support Coordinators, LAC & NDIA planners, service providers, other community members, people with disability, their family and allies.
  • Session 2 is for people with disability, their family members and allies to stay on and take a deeper dive to learn about whether a Circle of Support is for you and what that might look like. *Participants must attend Session 1 as preparation for the afternoon session. A light lunch will be provided for people attending for the full day

What is a Circle of Support?

A Circle of Support is a group of people who are intentionally invited to come together in friendship and support of a person who has a disability, for the purposes of protecting the person’s interests into the future.

Circles of Support are underpinned by principles of inclusion.

What to expect

Session 1: Introducing Circles of Support (9.30am to 12 noon)

This presentation is open to all and will explore:

• what a Circle of Support is and is not

• why a Circle of Support can be important

• how freely given relationships can provide safeguarding in the lives of vulnerable people

• real stories about Circles of Support bringing about change in people’s lives

Session 2: Practical workshop (12:30pm to 3pm)

The afternoon practical workshop specifically for people with disability, their family and allies will get people actively engaged in:

• understanding how a Circle of Support can be formed

• identifying potential circle members and how to invite them

• why it’s important to articulate a vision

About the presenter

Jayne Barrett has been leading the Circles initiative at Community Living Project for more than 20 years. She has presented about Circles of Support, the value of freely-given relationships and safeguarding across Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Canada. Jayne is a strong advocate for strengthening valued roles for people with disability.

About Community Living Project

Community Living Project (CLP) services are targeted for people who are seeking a highly individualised support to pursue their ambitions of an inclusive life… our values are important for people new to CLP to understand – find out more in this video, and we suggest that people considering our services visit our website: communitylivingproject.org.au to learn more. While CLP office is based in the south, all our services are provided across the greater Adelaide metropolitan areas.

The Introducing Circles of Support Project has been funded by a 2-year grant from the Norman H Johns Trust through the Perpetual 2020 IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program (IPAP).

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