Belonging Matters holds a number of events 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. These include seminars, workshops, a bi annual retreat for families and various leadership events.

Upcoming Events and Workshops

Life After School

Exploring Inclusive Pathways and Opportunities



6 Session Course commencing March 2021

Attend Information Session on

Tuesday 17 November 2020 via Zoom

Bookings close for the information session on Thursday 12th, November, 2020

What is this course about?

Planning for life after school can seem daunting, especially when you have an intellectual disability or Autism. The options may seem slim and limited to segregated programs, how- ever with vision, preparation and planning it’s possible for young people with a disability or Autism to thrive in the community after school. This course aims to assist participants to plan and prepare for an inclusive life after school that is personally relevant and meaningful.

Please Note: This course is only for people in Wodonga and surrounding areas, including Albury.

For more information, please email: Email 

2020 Annual General Meeting for Belonging Matters

Members Only Event

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Thursday, 5 November 2020 at 10.30 am to 12 pm 

Bookings close 2 November 2020

Our guest presenter is international consultant Dr Michael Kendrick. Michael will explain the importance of having and holding a positive vision, what types of vision can be beneficial in opening up a full, meaningful and inclusive life for people with a disability, the risks of not having a vision, some of the barriers that limit vision, what is necessary to enact and bring vision to life and why vision can be a crucial safeguard.

Not a member? You can still join us! Submit your Membership Sign Up by 28th October 2020. Sign up Now

Members receive 10% discount on Belonging Matters bookshop, events and access to free resources.

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Introduction to

Circles of Support

2 Session Webinar Series Via Zoom

Session 1 

Introduction to Circles of Support

20 October 2020 

10.30 am to 12.30 pm AEST

In Session 1 you will learn some of the reasons for having a Circle of Support and possible purposes, the benefits of having a Circle of Support and what makes them successful and hear stories of real life examples of people who have a Circle of Support. 

Featured Presenters

Deb Rouget

Teresa Micallef

Session 2 

Circle Meetings and Facilitation

27 October 2020 

10.30 am to 12.30 pm AEST

In Session 2 you will focus on your own Circle, thinking about its purpose, who and how to invite Circle members, and address some of the possible limitations and how to overcome common areas of challenge. Learn how to keep meetings moving, creative and on track, and the benefits of good facilitation.

What is this series about?

The idea of an active support network is really an old idea in our society. For people with disabilities, Circles of Support is an idea and practice that has been around for over 25 years.

It is not a service or program but rather a group of people who are intentionally invited to come together in friendship and support of a person with disability, for the purpose of achieving their goals and protecting their interests into the future. Circles of Support can enable: more people in the life of each individual who are not paid to be there, an increase in the number of new and positive roles that people hold, reconnection with family members, expanded social and economic opportunities, an important safeguard for the future and a better life.

Who are these workshop for?

These online webinars are being run in conjunction with Gippsland Disability Advocacy Inc and are available to people who live in the Bass Coast and Gippsland areas in Victoria only. The webinars are best suited to those who want to know about Circles of Support in regard to people with an intellectual disability, and who may be interested in setting one up. The concepts are also relevant and applicable for other people who may be at risk of marginalisation, loneliness and exclusion.

Previous Events

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