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About Us

Belonging Matters was developed in 2003 by individuals with a disability and families who believe that all people should be valued, included and contribute to their local community. 

Belonging Matters is a not-for-profit, grass roots organisation that provides information, resources and training together with mentoring and advice about social inclusion and belonging.

We aim to inspire and extend 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?

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


  • The same opportunities and rights as their fellow citizens

  • Belonging and social inclusion in the community

  • Valued social roles

  • Lifestyles that enhance their individuality & uniqueness

  • Self-determination & empowerment

  • Their strengths, abilities, interest and passions are at the forefront

  • Freely given relationships from people who love and care about them 

  • Respect, self-worth, dignity & self esteem

  • Compassion

  • Welcoming environments and people in them

  • Responsive, flexible and creative supports and opportunities

  • Support processes that are people friendly

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


  • Hold a positive vision for an inclusive life

  • Have typical opportunities and experiences and lead an inclusive life

  • Build informal networks and relationship

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

  • Plan and implement ideas

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

  • Pursue mentoring and leadership roles

  • Reflect and renew

We do this by providing:

  • Events and learning opportunities, for example, online webinars, workshops, conferences and podcasts.

  • A range of resources such as books, videos, and articles

  • Information, mentoring and advice via the phone and through personalised consultation

  • Circles of support facilitation

  • Information and advice via the phone and mentoring

Belonging Matters is a member of the National Alliance of Capacity Building Organisations (NACBO). You can visit the NACBO website for further information

Visit our websites for more information


Belonging Matters

Talks That Matter 

19 Stories of Social Inclusion 

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