A 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)
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).
Volunteers in Australia contribute more than 700 million hours of community service annually. I find this data interesting as it signifies that volunteering is more than just an act of service provided free of charge to intended recipients. Indeed, this figure indicates that the process holds a great deal of value to a great number of people. Like many others I have also volunteered in various capacities, however I have never really given much thought to exactly what type of values do in fact underpin the process of volunteering.
Almost two years ago I was introduced to A Place to Belong where I came in contact with a number of community based activities which were all operationally dependent upon volunteers. These activities ranged from young radicals helping people gain access to healthy food, individuals helping others by sharing their lived experience and skills, students developing action research projects and academics and professionals reengaging with their practice roots.
At this time I was introduced to a man a few years younger than myself who was (and still is) in the process of transitioning, from involuntary detention in a psychiatric inpatient setting, back into a community setting. We catch up regularly to share some food and talk about where our lives have taken us, what we are doing now, and what our hopes are for the future. As we get to know each other I have noticed that the similarities and differences in our values reflect our life journeys and are shaped by the opportunities and obstacles we have experienced along the way. From my perspective the two most important aspects of this volunteering experience have been to identify the type of community I want to be a part of and actively work towards this and also to appreciate the rights of others to express their views and values. Basically I would describe this interaction as a two-way exchange in community values which, I believe is an experience unique to volunteering.
Date: Saturday October 26th 2013
Venue: St Aidans Anglican Girls School, Corinda, Brisbane
Latest news: Planning for Recovery Day is underway. If you’re able to volunteer on the day, email Kym on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Carlos on 07 3217 2522.
Watch this space for more news!
Date: Sunday June 2nd 2013
Time: 2.00pm to 4.30pm
Topic: ‘Shifting from despair towards hope’ – Sharon Stocker
Venue: The Parish Centre, Anglican Parish of St Thomas, 67 High Street, Toowong (bus approximately 300 metres away, train approx. 400 metres)
Up the stairs between the church and the ‘Data 3′ building. Look for the ‘A Place to Belong’ banner!
Parking is available under the ‘Data 3′ building in High Street, and in Jephson and High Streets.
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Date: Wednesday, 24th July 2013
Time: 9am to 4pm
Venue: Chermside Kedron Community Church, 590 Gympie Road, Chermside
Dave Andrews will return as the key-note speaker. Dave’s topic: ‘Bringing Humanity to Mental Health’
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.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Neil on 07 3217 2522 or email email@example.com or Carlos@aplacetobelong.org.au.
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