Belonging Matters holds a number of seminars and workshops throughout the year to inspire, inform and build the capacity of people with a disability, families, allies, workers and professionals to enable people with disabilities to enjoy personally fulfilling and valued lives in the community.


"The more you attend Belonging Matters seminars, the more you learn and get inspired" (Comment from participant)


Up Coming Seminars and Workshops
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Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Caulfield Park Sports Club

280A Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161, Victoria

Do you have a desire to bring life, engagement and fun to meetings? This workshop enables participants to learn and apply creative facilitation techniques and assist others to explore deeper conversations in regard to community and belonging.

At this workshop you will learn and practice creative ways to:

  • Connect people in meetings or workshops,

  • Share content and important messages,

  • Foster ideas,

  • Offer different types of reflection,

  • Encourage vision within a values framework of diversity and community,

  • Disrupt patterns of thinking and resistance,

  • Help people get unstuck and overcome barriers and resistances.

Who is the event for?

This workshop would be of interest to anyone who facilitates team or planning meetings or workshops that aim to increase the inclusion of people who might be marginalised from the community eg. people with a disability, people who have a mental illness, people who are aging, etc. Its would be of particular interest to those who are interested in or facilitate Circles of Support.

                                        About the presenters

Deb Rouget is the CEO of Belonging Matters. For nearly 30 years, she has been involved in the lives of people with a disability and their families and has gained much practical experience and wisdom about imagining and designing supports that enable people with a disability to have typical opportunities in the community. Through her work at Belonging Matters, she instigated the Building Community Networks project which facilitates Circles of Support. In this project, through actively facilitating a number of Circles of Sup- port, Deb has learnt what it takes to establish, maintain and harness people’s enthusiasm and skills to enable a full, meaningful and inclusive life.

Teresa Micallef has always chosen to work at the cutting edge of change in community, and has worked alongside people with disabilities and their families for over 20 years. She has been the Coordinator of a family governed service called Living Distinctive Lives for the past 9 years. Currently she is the Project Manager of Building Community Networks and has been impressed by the power, creativity and resilience of people who experience disability, their families and networks. In just a short time, she has seen the incredible impact of engaging positively with a person’s Circle of Support and how it can lead to the creating of a good life and safe- guard the future.

Feedback from our previous circle of support workshops

“Supportive, informative, enlightening, positive, energetic, interactive, insightful, empowering, changed perspective, surprising, hope for the future, practical, thought provoking, warm and open to everyone’s ideas, inspiring, fun learning, feeling connected and welcome, sharing, the speakers loved them, hands on stuff, possibility of community, some of the nitty gritty of how to do it and how to start asking, process of starting, how to choose circle members..." 

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