About Us

Belonging Matters is a not for profit capacity enhancing services that provides education, resources, mentoring and advice about social inclusion and belonging. It was developed in 2003 by individuals with a disability and families who have a passion for social inclusion! We are people friendly and value driven. On this web site you will find a range of useful resources that aim to inspire and build the knowledge of people with a disability, their families and allies to enable people with a disability to have opportunities and pathways typical of other citizens in the community - lives that are personally fulfilling, unique, socially inclusive and empowering.

CEO Deb Rouget provides a summary profile of Belonging Matters.

Why is Belonging Matters important?

What is Belonging Matters

Belonging Matters Vision:

“A community strengthened by the inclusion of all.”

Belonging Matters Mission Statement:

To inspire, educate and build capacity at the grass roots to assist people with disabilities to live valued lives in community.

Belonging Matters Core Guiding Principles:

Belonging Matter’s believes that people do better when they experience:

  • The same opportunities & rights as their fellow citizens

  • Belonging & social inclusion in the community

  • Valued social roles

  • Lifestyles that enhance their individuality & uniqueness

  • Self-determination & empowerment

  • Lifestyle arrangements that focused on their strengths, abilities, interest & passions

  • Freely given relationships from people who love & care about them (family & friendships)

  • Respect, self-worth, dignity & self esteem

  • Compassion

  • Welcoming environments & people in them

  • Responsive, flexible & creative supports & opportunities

  • Support processes that are people friendly

How We Can Assist You

Belonging Matters aims to bring a range of educational resources and advice that will assist you to:

  • Hold a positive vision for an inclusive life

  • Have typical opportunities and experiences and lead an inclusive life

  • Build informal networks and relationships

  • Self-direct your lifestyle including having control over resources and services

  • Plan and implement ideas

  • Learn for the experience of others who have much wisdom to share

  • Pursue mentoring and leadership roles

We do this by providing:

  • Educational opportunities, workshops, retreats and conferences (see events)

  • A range of resources such as books, DVDs, videos, articles and links to other resources (see resources)

  • Information and advice via the phone and mentoring (see services)


  • No referral is required

Belonging Matters respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land the Wurrundjeri people of the Kulin nation, and we pay our respect to their Elders both past and present. Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander visitors are warned that this site may contain images/voices of deceased persons which may be distressing for some people.

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    This website was first published in 2013 by Belonging Matters. It is updated regularly. Please do not share information contained in this website publicly without permission.