A Place to Belong

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Building communities in mental healthA Place to Belong is a small organisation working to build inclusion for people who experience mental health challenges.

We do this by encouraging and developing the capacity of the community to welcome and include others.

Our vision is to facilitate inclusive community through building networks of contact and friendship, so that people who have been marginalised can experience inclusion, acceptance, friendship and respect.

We are constantly searching for community-minded people who want to be committed to including others in their lives. We aim to inspire and enable these threads of connection, camaraderie and friendship.

If you would like to explore the possibility of offering friendship to others who are excluded and are struggling to find their place to belong, contact us.

If you have any insights to share about how belonging and inclusion can be developed or facilitated for people please share these with us, contact us.

The most precious resource we have for coping with life in an unstable, discontinuous and revolutionary world is not information but each other. (Hugh Mackay)

Finding People to Be There

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New print run!

A resource for people who want to assist in the facilitation of someone’s belonging. It contains some of the story of A Place to Belong, some relevant literature about belonging and a range of models and strategies that anyone can use.

Written in 2002 by Neil Barringham, Manager of A Place to Belong.

Read a sample chapter from Finding People to Be There.

Contact A Place to Belong to purchase this publication (Cost $20).

Sunday Workshop

Date: Sunday July 17 2016

Time: 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Topic: Grounding the Sacred

Building connection and belonging in art making with Matt Armstrong

My stories are, ‘above me’ and ‘beyond me’ and act as a, ‘visual anchor’,(Pipi) when needed to be called upon.

This workshop will also graphically record a conversation about how the arts can enhance belonging and connection.

We’ll hear his story, meet others, hear of upcoming events and enjoying afternoon tea (bringing something to share if you can).

No RSVP is required. The workshop is free.

Venue: Please note the new venue

St. Francis College, 233 Milton Rd, Milton

Questions? Call A Place To Belong office on 3217 2522

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Orientation to Mental Health Pastoral Care

Date: Wednesday, 20th July 2016

Time: From 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Chermside Kedron Community Church, 590 Gympie Road, Chermside

A Day For

  • demystifying and humanising mental health for pastoral care workers and chaplains;
  • enabling members of the community to make a difference in the lives of people who face mental health difficulties;
  • equipping members of the community to walk alongside those affected by mental ill-health;
  • informing members of the community of the resources available to help people in dealing with Mental Health and Wellbeing;
  • raising awareness of how the Mental Health System works.

More details available download your Brochure – Intro to Mental Health Pastoral Care 2016 (3) get your registration form and join us.

Please return the form to:

Carlos Tamayo-A Place To Belong- PO Box 5873, West End,QLD 4101                   Ph: 3217 2522 Fax: 3217 2274 Email: Carlos@aplacetobelong.org.au

Guiding Group

Date:    Thursday June 9th 2016

Time:    5.00pm for dinner and catch-up

6.00pm to 8.00pm for our main meeting

Venue: 69 Thomas Street, West End, Brisbane

Agenda: Acknowledging our stories and imagining the potential within us

The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) will begin in Brisbane in 2 years’ time. It will change the way people with disabilities engage with services. We will offer a space for people to begin to explore possibilities they would like to foster in their lives (or the lives of those they support) in order to imagine their potential and get the best outcomes from the NDIS.

We would value your input and insight at this Guiding Group. Please join us if you are able to. Bring food to share for dinner if you can!

Neil: 3217 2522   or   carlos@aplacetobelong.org.au   or   neil@aplacetobelong.org.au

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Sunday Workshop

Date: Sunday February 7 2016

Time: 2.00pm to 4.30pm

Topic: Weaving Inclusive Threads in our Neighbourhoods

Today we will hear some people share anecdotes and examples of very practical things they have done for themselves or others to work towards inclusion. We will listen, discuss and learn from these significant stories that are occurring right now in our localities.

Neil Barringham will facilitate the workshop. He will touch on strategy as well as values; on imagination and structure; on spontaneity as well as planning.

We’ll hear stories, meet others, hear of upcoming events and enjoy afternoon tea (bring something to share if you can).

No RSVP is required. The workshop is free.

Venue: Please note the new venue!

69 Thomas Street, West End (street parking available, 1 block from the 199 bus route on Vulture Street.

Questions? Call A Place to Belong office on 3217 2522.

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