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The Good Life – Family and Friends

Published: March 2016

CRU exists to create and promote positive change so that people with disabilities can belong to and participate in community life. In this video CRU asked people what makes a good life.

Organisation: Community Resource Unit Ltd.
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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Wellsprings of Person Centred Planning

Published: October 2021

John O’Brien talks about the history of the meaning of Person-Centered Planning and  acknowledges the hard dead layers of habits of social exclusion. John describes how to find wellsprings of possibility by listening deeply to explore how people  might experience more belonging, greater respect, choice, control and  opportunities to share their gifts with their families and communities.

Author: John O'Brien
Organisation: Inclusion Press
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:International, United States
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Right Relationships with Michael Kendrick

Published: August 2021

Genia Stephen, in her ‘Good Things In Life’ podcast series invites Dr. Michael Kendrick, an international community service consultant, to talk about how the concept of right relationships is at the heart of all successful, effective service organizations, even if it’s not a term that’s widely used in the industry.

Authors: Genia Stephens, Michael Kendrick
Organisation: The Good Things in Life
Format: internet (web)
Read time: 65 min(Approximate)
Region:Canada, United States
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The Star Raft Circle

Dave Wetherow is an advocate for full inclusion and is currently sharing ” Star Rafts” with the world. You don’t have to be a sailor to begin to appreciate the power of a Star Raft – especially when it can become a support system for a full life in the community. Circles of Support – Star Rafts are a metaphor that helps us to see what is possible.

Author: Dave Wetherow
Organisation: Inclusion Press
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:International, Canada
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Chris Klein – Building Relationships through the Tools of Communication

Published: July 2018

Chris uses augmentative communication to help support his work as a Motivational Speaker, and to be an active member of his community. Chris lives independently in Holland, Michigan and strives to live his life to the fullest.

Author: Chris Klein
Organisation: AAC Learning Centre
Format: internet (web)
Region:United States
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A Guide to Circles of Support

Published: June 2021

This workbook from Belonging Matters contains guidance, tips and exercises to explore and establish a circle of support alongside a person. A relationship circle can play an important role in supporting a person’s decision making.

Authors: Rouget, D and Micallef, T.
Organisation: Belonging Matters
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 35
Region:Australia
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Microboards: Social Capital and Quality of Life

Published: September 2020

A Microboard™ is a small group of dedicated friends and family who work together to help an individual plan their life, brainstorm ideas, advocate for what they need, monitor services, and connects the individual to their wider community.

Organisation: Canadian Institute for Inclusion and Citizenship
Format: Flyer (pdf)
Pages: 2
Region:Canada
Cover art for: Microboards™, Social Capital  and Quality Of Life

Microboards™, Social Capital and Quality Of Life

Published: September 2020

While distinct concepts, social capital and quality of life have multiple intersections. Social connections and relationships are a critical variable in quality of life outcomes. This research project sought to examine through qualitative interviews with Microboard members how MBs may help to connect people to their communities and serve as a means to enhance and sustain social capital and quality of life.

Organisation: Canadian Institute for Inclusion and Citizenship
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 25
Region:Canada
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Invite Someone to Your Circle

How to invite someone in to your relationship  circle.

Organisation: Inclusion Melbourne
Format: Flyer (pdf)
Pages: 1
Region:Australia
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Who is in My Circle?

The Circles of Relationship resource can be used to map out the people and relationships in your life.

Organisation: Inclusion Melbourne
Format: Worksheet (pdf)
Pages: 2
Region:Australia
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Circles of Support: Getting Started

A circle of support is a group of people who create a gathering space around an individual to promote and support their goals by dreaming, thinking and planning together.

Organisation: Resourcing for Families
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 10
Region:Australia
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Circles of Support: Fact Sheet

This Fact Sheet is a brief description of a Circle of Support with the intentional building of relationships around a person who may be vulnerable.

Organisation: Resourcing Families
Format: Flyer (pdf)
Pages: 2
Region:Australia
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Circles of Support

Published: June 2020

Sometimes a Circle is called a Circle of Friends, a Circle of Support or a Relationship Circle. A circle can work alongside people when they need support to make decisions.  We can ‘organize’ virtual connections and build, refresh and renew networks of friends and colleagues thus diminishing isolation – including our own. This resource, originally developed in 2000, describes how circles of support can still be used as a tool for ongoing and intentional strategy for relationship building during the pandemic.

Author: Jack Pearpoint
Organisation: Inclusion Press
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 7
Region:Canada
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Relationship Circle

This relationship circle template can be used to think about who is important in your life.

Organisation: Helen Sanderson Associates
Format: Worksheet (pdf)
Pages: 1
Region:United Kingdom
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Circles of Support – Circle Members

Published: August 2018

In this video circle members discuss their roles, interactions and how they contribute positively to a person’s life.

Organisation: Inclusion Melbourne
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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WAiS Supported Decision Making Principles

Published: 2017

The Principles of Supported Decision Making in an easy to understand one page resource.

Organisation: WA's Individualised Services
Format: Poster (pdf)
Pages: 1
Region:Western Australia
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The 3 R’s of Social Care Reform

Published: May 2021

How constructive risk taking, respectful relationships and a sense of reciprocity characterised a positive response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This paper draws upon the TLAP Insight Group report, A Telling Experience and subsequent meetings with regional ADASS branches, as well as interviews with people for the case studies. It also draws on some of the rich conversations from the Social Care Future Festival, the National Children and Adults Services Conference (NCASC), as well as the ‘fireside conversations held with TLAP Partners, all at the end of 2020.

Authors: Linda Jackson, Tim Parkin
Organisation: Think Local Act Personal
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 23
Region:International, United Kingdom
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The Relationships Framework

Published: July 2021

This kit of resources is designed to help councils sustain and enhance the community relationships that emerged during Covid in a way that empowers rather than controls citizens. It is also intended to help councils look ahead to reimagine their organisations and services with relationships at their heart.

Author: Tony Clements
Organisation: The Relationships Project
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 20
Region:International, United Kingdom
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Relationships Project – Turning to The Light

Published: May 2021

Relationships are essential to all of us, in all walks of life. From schools to GP practices and big businesses to grassroots organisations, everything works better when relationships are nurtured. Find out more about the importance of good relationships through our bank of case studies or our collaborative blog.

Author: David Robinson
Organisation: The Relationship Project
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 32
Region:International, United Kingdom
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A World of Good Relationships

Published: July 2021

The Relationships Project have set out a plan in this Prospectus that takes us through the months of reflection and recuperation post Covid, into a period of renewal and new building and on towards a vision for a generation. More than ever, the big questions are all about relationships. Their substance and character will determine the direction and quality of our lives. Imagine a place where good relationships are the central operating principle, the starting point for all decisions, the mechanism by which change is realised, the outcome we all strive towards. Think of your place, an organisation perhaps, a neighbourhood, a school, a council: what would change?

Organisation: The Relationships Project
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 23
Region:International, United Kingdom
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Damian’s Relationship Circle

Published: November 2010

Damian uses his relationship circle to help him think about who is important in his life.

Organisation: Helen Sanderson Associates
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:United Kingdom
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Alex – Feeling Included in the Community

Published: July 2018

Alex describes his way of engaging with others to feel a sense of belonging and friendship.

Organisation: Council for Intellectual Disability
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
Cover art for: ‘The Desire for Friendship Comes Quickly,  Friendship Does Not’: An Exploration of  Valued Roles & Relationships

‘The Desire for Friendship Comes Quickly, Friendship Does Not’: An Exploration of Valued Roles & Relationships

Published: December 2011

There is professed enthusiasm – but little progress – for people with a devalued status to experience community membership and belonging. This article explores the links between the roles that people are in and the extent to which they are likely to experience community membership and belonging.

Author: Jane Sherwin
Organisation: The SRV Journal
Format: Journal (pdf)
Region:United States
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Reaching Out

Relationships are the key to citizenship because full citizenship can only be achieved when we are recognized as contributors. It is through relationship that our contributions are given an opportunity for expression and recognition. Full citizenship for people who are marginalized has remained elusive. This report is for people involved or interested in social network facilitation: families, individuals at the centre of network building efforts, facilitators of networks, network members, service providers, and the community at large.

Author: Nancy Rother
Organisation: PLAN Institute for Citizenship and Disability
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 58
Region:Canada
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Staying Socially Connected

Published: June 2021

Here are 5 ideas to get you started and to stay connected with people you are concerned about during the Covid 19 Pandemic.

Organisation: Plan Canada
Format: internet (web)
Read time: 10 m(Approximate)
Region:Canada
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No Bias – A Story of Belonging

Published: June 2021

In this documentary you will meet Michael, a valued member of his local lawn bowls club. Throughout his 12 year membership at the Elwood Bowls Club Michael has developed a multitude of Valued Social Roles through his participation as a competitive and social lawn bowler, and numerous volunteer positions. You will discover that the Elwood Bowls Club is a place where Michael can pursue his passion, feel valued, and develop life long friendships.

Organisation: Belonging Matters
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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Community Circles

Published: June 2021

A Community Circle brings people together to help someone to live a more connected life, Community Circles support people to do what matters to them. They are about finding out what is important to the person, and thinking together about how to turn that purpose into meaningful action. It is also a way to help people self direct their lives through supporting their decision making, ensuring choice and control.

Organisation: Community Circles Australia
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 2
Region:Australia
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Five Ways to go Into the World

Published: September 2019

Tom Kohler has spent 40 years connecting citizens of Savannah, Georgia to one another. As Co-ordinator and Executive Director of Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy, Tom has introduced people who have an established place in community to people with disabilities who have found themselves placed on the margins of community life. Together these people explore how their relationship can change their lives, and impact the life of their community. In this video Tom shares skills that can be developed for this connecting work.

Organisation: Neighbours International
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:United States
Cover art for: A Guide to Circles of Support – Easy Read

A Guide to Circles of Support – Easy Read

This guide is to help you start to think about circles of support. This group of supporters can help to support you to make your own decisions about your life.

Organisation: Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 22
Region:United Kingdom
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Friends Info Guide – Easy Read

Published: June 2020

This is an info guide about friends.
It will help you
• Understand why friends are important
• Know who is a good friend
• Find out how to meet new friends
• Be a good friend

Organisation: Council for Intellectual Disability
Author Link:www.cid.org.au
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 6
Region:Australia
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Building Community through Circles of Friends

Published: March 2019

A practical guide to making inclusion a reality for people with learning disabilities. Through circles of support, people are able to gain more control over their own lives and start to have more natural community relationships.

Author: Christine Burke
Organisation: Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 74
Region:United Kingdom
Cover art for: Guiding Principles for Circles of Support

Guiding Principles for Circles of Support

The guiding principles and fundamentals for Circle Members.

Organisation: Inclusion Melbourne
Format: Flyer (pdf)
Pages: 1
Region:Australia
Cover art for: Personal Relationships Between People With and Without Disabilities

Personal Relationships Between People With and Without Disabilities

People can establish friendships with each other, but it is not possible to create friendships between others. However , it is possible to create opportunities for people with and without disabilities to meet and spend time with each other in ways that encourage friendships to take root and flourish. Families and service providers can do different things to make such opportunities available.

Author: Zana Marie Lutfiyya
Organisation: Syracuse University - The Center on Human Policy
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 5
Region:United States
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Circles Of Support- Getting Started

Published: June 2019

This manual is a practical guide for getting started on building Circles of support , which are based on an understanding of the importance of relationships in our life and the need for strong support networks

Organisation: Resourcing Inclusive Communities
Author Link:www.ric.org.au
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 28
Region:Australia
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CRUcial Times

Published: July 2015

This edition of CRUcial Times contains stories of people who have moved from isolation and loneliness to having friends; we hear of people working to prevent loneliness and promote belonging; and importantly we share some clues as to how that has been achieved.

Organisation: Community Resource Unit Ltd.
Author Link:www.cru.org.au
Format: Journal (pdf)
Pages: 14
Region:Australia
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PLAN Networks-Michael and Veronica

Published: February 2012

A Personal Network is the most important benefit of PLAN membership. PLAN creates a personal network of likeminded caring and committed people who join together in a relationship with your relative, other family members, and each other. Once up and running, the network bridges the gap between living on the edge of community and being a full and active participant in that community.

Organisation: Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network
Author Link:www.plan.ca
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Canada
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PLAN Networks

Published: January 2012

Relationships are the core of what we do. Al Etmanski talks about creating a network of caring relationships, a sound financial plan, opportunities for contribution and supported decision-making, and a place to call home.

Organisation: Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network
Author Link:www.plan.ca
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Canada
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Living My Way

Published: March 2014

People and their families from around New South Wales  share their stories and create awareness for others living with disability. These stories offer a positive reflection of how a good life can look and that anything is possible with support from friends, family and community.

Organisation: First Peoples Disability Network NSW
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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Loneliness

Published: June 2018

Loneliness is increasingly recognised as a national priority in the United Kingdom. This ‘must know’ summarises and updates information on the official ‘Combating Loneliness’ comprehensive guide for councils. It states that as individuals we need to take responsibility for building and maintaining our relationships.

Organisation: Local Government Association
Author Link:www.local.gov.uk
Format: Document (doc)
Pages: 10
Region:United Kingdom
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Community Solutions to the Loneliness Epidemic

Published: June 2019

Shareable explores solutions to the current crisis of social isolation, loneliness, and civic disconnection through a series of stories.

Organisation: Shareable
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 124
Region:United States
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When Words Don’t Come Easy – Dan

Published: February 2021

A presentation written by Daniel Nunn.

Organisation: Merger of Minds
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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When Words Don’t Come Easy – Eli

Published: February 2021

A presentation written by Eli Dickenson.

Organisation: Merger of Minds
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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When Words Don’t Come Easy – Matt

Published: March 2021

A presentation written by Matthew.

Organisation: Merger of Minds
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
Cover art for: When Words Don’t Come Easy – George

When Words Don’t Come Easy – George

Published: February 2021

A presentation written by George.

Organisation: Merger of Minds
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
Cover art for: When Words Don’t Come Easy

When Words Don’t Come Easy

Published: February 2021

Merger of Minds is a peer group of adults with Complex Communication Needs (CCN) in Perth, Western Australia. In this video, people in relationship with the Merger group members were interviewed about the contributions that people with CCN make in their relationships with others and in their community.

Organisation: Merger of Minds
Format: Youtube (videoY)
Region:Australia
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Towards Inclusive Cities and Social Sustainability

Published: July 2021

A scoping review of initiatives to support the inclusion of people with intellectual disability in civic and social activities. The aim of this scoping study was to map key concepts underpinning interventions to include people with intellectual disability in their local community, and the main sources and types of evidence available.

Authors: Phillippa Carnemolla , Sally Robinson and Kiri Lay
Format: Journal (pdf)
Region:Australia
Cover art for: Belonging and exclusion in the lives of young people with intellectual disability in small town communities

Belonging and exclusion in the lives of young people with intellectual disability in small town communities

Published: February 2018

The aim of this research was to investigate the lived experiences of belonging and felt exclusion for young people with intellectual disability living in regional (small town) communities. This article focuses on the findings from the project about how the young people’s experiences of connections to place, space and people influenced their felt sense of belonging and exclusion, and from this, implications for developing social policy which is more responsive to their priorities and lived experience.

Authors: Sally Robinson, Karen R. Fisher, Anne Graham & Malcolm Hill
Format: Journal (pdf)
Pages: 17
Region:Australia
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Co Design – Reflective Resource

Published: May 2022

In 2020, LELAN and TACSI worked in partnership with people from the South Australian lived experience community to co-create a Philosophy of Care to inform the new Urgent Mental Health Care Centre (UMHCC) in Adelaide. This was commissioned by the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist SA. This reflective resource will be helpful for people looking to understand how ready, willing and able they are to embark on an authentic co-design process.

Author: Ellie Hodges and Carla Clarence
Organisation: The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI)
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 13
Region:Australia
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Friends and Purpose: Evaluation of Camerados Public Living Rooms

Published: March 2020

Camerados is a movement of people in communities across the country helping each other through tough times and coming together in places and spaces called public living rooms (in this report referred to as PLRs) created and run by local people where they can form relationships that will lift them through a bad day or a life crisis. They are used by people at any end of the scale of tough times, from stressed students to bereaved relatives to homeless people. This evaluation has taken a mixed-methods approach, gathering quantitative and qualitative data to build a rich narrative on how, and why, the PLRs are making a difference to the people who are using them, and in the organisations and communities in which they are held.

Authors: Elaine Batty, Nadia Bashir, Ellen Bennett, Sarah Pearson & Elizabeth Sanderson
Organisation: Sheffield Hallam University Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Format: Document (pdf)
Pages: 23
Region:United Kingdom