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Notice Board

The Belonging Matters Notice Board is a frequently updated forum providing a variety of notices from service providers, Government, and other agencies. You can access information regarding events, reports, publications and many other resources at a click of a button on the Belonging Matters Noticeboard.

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School to Work
For secondary students with disability

Are you a parent or family member of a secondary student with disability and are considering their future after school?

Many people with disability don’t have the same opportunity to obtain real employment, with many attending a day program or sheltered workshops after school.

Employment opportunities are available for ALL people regardless of their disability. This project will show you how...

School to Work aims to inspire, increase the confidence of and motivate students with disability and their families to make a start on the road to meaningful, paid employment in the community.

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Microenterprise/Customised Employment On Line Peer Group

The Valued Lives Microenterprise project team is running a twice-weekly online peer group for people who are interested in Microenterprise or Customised employment. The groups run from 11am to 1pm (WA time) on a Tuesday and Thursday, and are hosted by the team who are on hand to answer any questions you may have about employment, as well as general NDIS questions etc. 


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Everyday Practice

The Everyday Practice web site aims to help NDIS providers better understand and comply with their regulatory obligations so that they can deliver safe and high quality services to NDIS participants.  It also aims to assist people with disability to feel more informed and confident about what high quality service looks like so they are able to choose the best NDIS providers for them.

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Disability Study City of Melbourne

People with disability have a right to go to the same places as everyone else. They have the right to use the same services and participate in the same activities. But some places and services don’t work well for people with disability. We want to understand what things the City of Melbourne needs to fix to make the city work better for people with disability. The research is funded by the City of Melbourne, Melbourne Disability Institute, and Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute.

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Homeshare is an innovative idea.  It brings together householders with a disability who could benefit from help in the home and companionship, with people of integrity prepared to lend a hand in return for affordable accommodation. The Householder provides a bedroom and shared living. In exchange, the Homesharer provides some practical assistance which could be cooking, cleaning, shopping, gardening, social outings, mentoring and guidance. Each homeshare arrangement is different and assistance may be needed in some or all of these areas depending on the individual’s needs. Home share has many benefits! It could help you to reduce your living expenses, live in a comfortable home, share common interests, enjoy new things and companionship, offer security and make a difference in someone's life!

We currently have three people seeking Homesharers in the Melbourne suburbs of Caulfield, Mt Waverley and Doncaster.  Belonging Matters is not a provider of Homeshare but can put you in touch with people looking for Homesharers.

If this sounds like you and you enjoy sharing your company with others then please email: or phone:  03 9739 8333.



This guide will help you to:

  • Understand self-management and decide whether it is the right option for you.

  • Understand your rights and responsibilities as a self-manager

  • Understand how you can spend your self-managed funding in accordance with your NDIS plan.

  • Arrange your self-managed supports.

  • Manage your self-managed payments.

  • Prepare for a review of your plan as a self-managed participant. 

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New Book Out Now - "Reinventing Emma" by Emma Gee

This is not only the story of a young stroke survivor, but also a valuable observational memoir for health professionals, written by one of their own who has travelled to ‘the other side’. As a former health professional she has a rare insight into life as a patient, and emerges with a very different perspective on person-centred care. For anyone that encounters seemingly insurmountable challenges in life. Read how Emma reinvents herself and develops resilience.

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Amazing Ted Talk - Hilary Cottam

When a family falls into crisis -- and it sometimes happens, thanks to unemployment, drugs, bad relationships and bad luck -- the social services system is supposed to step in and help them get back on track. As Hilary Cottam shows, in the UK a typical family in crisis can be eligible for services from more than 70 different agencies, but it's unlikely that any one of them can really make a difference. Cottam, a social entrepreneur herself, asks us to think about the ways we solve deep and complex social problems. How can we build supportive, enthusiastic relationships between those in need and those that provide help?

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AFDO Launches Disability Loop Website

Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) is very pleased to launch the Disability Loop website at today.

“Disability Loop aims to give people with disability and their families information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) that is up to date, easy to find and easy to use,” said Matthew Wright, AFDO CEO.

“Disability Loop is different to the NDIS website because it is run by and for people with disability and their families. It also brings together information from lots of different websites, not just the NDIS.


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New E-Book "Accessible Melbourne" by Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet has recently produced an accessible Melbourne e-book. This resource covers a range of Victorian destinations including accessbile parks and all terrain wheelchairs that are available in parks across Victoria. It is free to download so go right ahead and click on the link.

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Youth Disability Advocacy Service

The Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) is raising voices, expanding choices and creating change for young people with disabilities in Victoria, Australia.


YDAS works alongside young people with disabilities aged 12 to 25 to raise awareness of their rights and to support them to achieve what they want.


We provide one-on-one support through our individual advocacy service. We also work on broader social issues affecting young people with disabilities through systemic advocacy. This systemic work is directed by the YDAS steering committee, which is composed of young people from across Victoria, most of whom have disabilities.


YDAS is a service of the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic). We are funded by the Office for Disability.

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Three young men with a disability live in a welcoming community in the heart of Canberra along with 22 other households in public housing. They are the head tenants and share their home with a co-resident or house-mate. Two of them require 24 hour support. This book describes how three mothers achieved this over several years. It describes the families, the essential elements, the strategy, the partners, the community, the philosophy, the work.Individuals and families: $10.00 plus $3.85 postageOrganisations: $20.00 plus $3.85 postage 

Email: for your copy.

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