How to Facilitate a Circle of Support – Auckland

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About the Event

Circle of Support – Auckland
CCS Disability Action, 14 Erson Avenue, Royal Oak, Auckland

20 Feb 2018

Circles of Support (CoS) are a proven method of assisting vulnerable, isolated and friendless people to become intentionally connected with local community members who might then become ‘natural networks’. One of the important elements in circle success, is the competent and effective ‘facilitation’ of the processes and circle members, which is often best undertaken by an independent and skilled ‘circle facilitator’. This one day workshop is designed to train disabled people; family / whanau and your paid staff who will take on the circle facilitation role on your behalf.

Using a variety of learning methods the day will assist participants to more effectively understand the role and function of the circle facilitation so they are better placed to:

  1. facilitate their own circle
  2. facilitate a circle for another individual or family
  3. understand what they are looking for in a person if they choose to recruit a circle facilitator using their IF or EGL resources

Free for disabled persons, family / whanau members
Free for a paid IF staff member if the intention is for this person to be a circle facilitator
$135 for agency staff / other professionals

Presenter Biography
Jayne Barrett is passionate about the vision and work of creating inclusive communities where everyone is welcome and can share their gifts for the benefit of one another. Amanda, the eldest of Jayne’s three daughters, lived with severe and multiple disabilities until she was 27 years of age; she died in December 2000. Jayne says growing up with Amanda, seeing and being part of her achievements and contributions, has been her inspiration.

Jayne lives and works in Adelaide Australia were one of Jayne’s current roles is to manage the Community Living Project (CLP’s) Circles Initiative. The Circle initiative intentionally invites people into freely given involvements in the life of a person with disability. The initiative has been facilitating Circles of Support for adults since 2004, and more recently for children of school age. The hope is that for some people, having a Circle of Support may help to address the question of welcome, belonging and having friends to do things with and ‘look out’ for them.

Jayne has a deep personal commitment to work at inspiring people to think that a better life is possible for people with disabilities. These are passions which has given her opportunities to travel and work with families locally, across Australia, and also in Ireland, New Zealand and Canada.