About Us

Belonging Matters is a not for profit capacity enhancing service 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.

Belonging Matters Training Session

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