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).

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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Wellbeing Day 2016

Save the date: Saturday 7 May 2016

Put the date in your diary for Wellbeing Day 2016 @ St Aidan’s, Corinda. Keynote Speakers, Helen Glover, Steve Parish and Andrew Blythe will share their stories and those of others on the journey to wellness. A dozen workshops focussed on a vision of hope and resilience to choose from. Massage, healthy food and new people to meet!

More details available here.

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