Webinar – Communication with School: Building a Foundation for Partnerships

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Webinar 2:  Communication with School – Building a Foundation for Partnerships

Successful partnerships between the student, family and the school are critical for successful inclusion, and the best educational and social outcomes for students with disability.  Currently Queensland students, families and teachers are facing new challenges with learning from home, but effective collaboration remains as important as ever, perhaps more so with less opportunity for informal and face-to-face interaction.

This webinar will discuss:

  • Building blocks for effective partnerships – in both “ordinary” and “extraordinary” times
  • What can parents expect: the DoE Parent and Community Engagement framework
  • Common barriers to partnership – and how to avoid them!
  • Achieving common understandings through effective listening and assertive communication
  • Effective parent advocacy – with specific tips for email and phone advocacy

This webinar will help families maintain a focus on their vision and goals for their son or daughter, no matter what the current educational context.

There will be a focus on families identifying what a quality education and good inclusion looks like for them, and how they can communicate their knowledge of their child and their goals to achieve the best outcomes for their child.

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Event Details

Monday 11th May 2020

LIVE Session – 11:00AM – 12:00PM

Monday 18th May 2020

Recorded Session – 7:30PM – 8:30PM

The content will be the same for both sessions. Each session will involve a presentation on the topic followed by a chance for you to submit questions that will be answered by the CRU team in a Q and A session.

By registering, you will receive a link to access via Zoom.

If you are concerned about the reliability of your internet connection, it will also be possible to phone in.

Accessing the webinar:

Links for this presentation will be available through:  https://cru.org.au/familiesforinclusiveeducation/webinars

Click here to register


Details on the Families for Inclusive Education Project

If you would like to get in touch with us, Community Resource Unit Ltd about this project please call us 0738442211, email us at educationproject@cru.org.au or visit the webpage for the Families for Inclusive Education project for videos, articles, guides and more.


Webinar – Communication with School: Building a Foundation for Partnerships

Click here to register

Webinar 2:  Communication with School – Building a Foundation for Partnerships

Successful partnerships between the student, family and the school are critical for successful inclusion, and the best educational and social outcomes for students with disability.  Currently Queensland students, families and teachers are facing new challenges with learning from home, but effective collaboration remains as important as ever, perhaps more so with less opportunity for informal and face-to-face interaction.

This webinar will discuss:

  • Building blocks for effective partnerships – in both “ordinary” and “extraordinary” times
  • What can parents expect: the DoE Parent and Community Engagement framework
  • Common barriers to partnership – and how to avoid them!
  • Achieving common understandings through effective listening and assertive communication
  • Effective parent advocacy – with specific tips for email and phone advocacy

This webinar will help families maintain a focus on their vision and goals for their son or daughter, no matter what the current educational context.

There will be a focus on families identifying what a quality education and good inclusion looks like for them, and how they can communicate their knowledge of their child and their goals to achieve the best outcomes for their child.

Dowload PDF Flyer

Download Accessible Flyer

Event Details

Monday 11th May 2020

LIVE Session – 11:00AM – 12:00PM

Monday 18th May 2020

Recorded Session – 7:30PM – 8:30PM

The content will be the same for both sessions. Each session will involve a presentation on the topic followed by a chance for you to submit questions that will be answered by the CRU team in a Q and A session.

By registering, you will receive a link to access via Zoom.

If you are concerned about the reliability of your internet connection, it will also be possible to phone in.

Accessing the webinar:

Links for this presentation will be available through:  https://cru.org.au/familiesforinclusiveeducation/webinars

Click here to register


Details on the Families for Inclusive Education Project

If you would like to get in touch with us, Community Resource Unit Ltd about this project please call us 0738442211, email us at educationproject@cru.org.au or visit the webpage for the Families for Inclusive Education project for videos, articles, guides and more.


Getting to the Heart of What Matters – The Role of a Support Worker – Brisbane

About the Workshop:

The role of a support worker is complex and multi-faceted. Paid staff can make a significant contribution to a person’s life – enabling the person to live a rich life and pursue their own unique goals and dreams.
What lies at the heart of the role is, however, frequently invisible. When we fall into the habit of talking about “hours”, and tasks, routines and schedules, it’s easy to be distracted from what really matters about supporting people well.

This full day workshop will be an opportunity for support workers to critically reflect upon the essential purpose of their role, the values that drive “support”, and the sorts of relationships which are core to supporting someone well, particularly in relation to valued roles and community belonging.

 “Support requires a certain humility on the part of staff, letting go of control, a willingness to follow rather than lead”

Susan Stanfield

 Topics Covered will include:

  • A good life
  • Your role in a person’s life
  • Getting to know the person in order to assist them well
  • Supporting belonging, contribution and relationships
  • What gets in the way of good support?

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About the Presenter:

photo of the Presenter, Bridge Wickert

Bridget Wickert has worked in educational and larger service settings as a teacher’s’ aide, direct support worker and a self-managed consultant as well as leading a small community development team.

Her interest and deep desire to work with people with disability to achieve their goals comes from a strong sense of social justice, commitment to inclusive practice and a belief in seeing difference as uniqueness.

 Who Should Attend?

This training is for support workers who are directly assisting an individual with disability to live a good life in community. People self-managing may want to recommend this training to their support workers. If you or your organisation wants to register more than four workers at this workshop, we would appreciate you contacting CRU to discuss this.

Using Your NDIS Funding at CRU:

For people who are self-managing or using a plan manager, it is possible to use NDIS funding at CRU. To help you work out if this event is a reasonable and necessary support that will help you (or your family member) achieve your goals, there are Learning Objectives below. For more information about using NDIS funding at CRU, see our website. As CRU is not a registered NDIS service provider at this stage, people who are Agency managed cannot use NDIS funding to pay fees for CRU events.

For NDIS participant s who are directly employing your own staff, you can use any savings in your funding to help you manage direct employment arrangements, including providing training to staff. Like all supports funded through an NDIS plan, training for support workers should contribute to the participant achieving their goals.

Learning Outcomes

Potential links to participant goals*

Identify the elements of a good life and reflect on assumptions about people with disabilities’ right to and the possibility of a good life.

  • Strengthens focus on goals of participant;
  • Encourages critical reflection on practices that may undermine the achievement of a participant’s goals.

Begin to develop a framework for thinking about the role of a support worker in their own particular contexts.

  • Contextualises learning to the goals, aspirations and support needs of the participant they are supporting.

Understand Valued Social Roles and how the concept can be used to support people to have access to the good things of life.

  • Enhances ability to work to support greater & more meaningful social and economic participation;

Understand the importance of friendships and relationships and analyse what can get in the way of relationships for people with disability.

  • Enhances ability to work to support new friendships & relationships and to deepen existing relationships;
  • Enhances ability to work to support greater & more meaningful social participation;
  • Enhances ability to work to support development of informal supports.

Identify factors and strategies that make belonging in community more likely.

  • Enhances ability to work to support greater & more meaningful social and economic participation;
  • Enhances ability to work to support development of informal supports.
  • Strategies for supporting greater independence.

* every person has unique goals and aspirations. This information is provided to assist NDIS  participants and their supporters determine whether the learning outcomes relate to the participant’s goals.

To view CRU’s cancellation policy, visit: http://cru.org.au/about/policies/#cancellation 

Community Resource Unit Ltd.

CRU has a 30 year track record of working across Queensland to help people with a disability take control of their lives and take their place in their community

Contact CRU if you need assistance or are unable to register online, by calling (07) 3844 2211 or email us at  cru@cru.org.au


 


Self Management – Confident, Connected & In Control: North Lakes

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Self Management – Confident, Connected and in Control, North Lakes

About the Workshops:

Self-managing doesn’t have to mean doing everything on your own.
Come to one or both of these short workshops to share creative ideas, develop the confidence to self-manage well, and connect with other people on the same journey.

WORKSHOP 1: Starting to Self-Manage with Confidence

9:00AM – 11:30AM
Are you just starting out with self-managing your NDIS plan, or wondering if self-management is for you? Join us for a short workshop that will de-mystify self-management, examine the benefits and challenges and give you some steps to help you to get started.

WORKSHOP 2: Self-Managing for the Life You Want 

12:30PM – 3:00PM
Self-management really means taking control: of your life, your supports, and often a team! This short, interactive workshop is about how to self-manage well: by being clear about your vision for the life you want, finding the right people for the job, and building a team of paid and unpaid supporters.

Until we did this ourselves, money was spent on things I wasn’t interested in and that is a waste.

I used to feel like a square peg in a round hole; now I’m making the hole just my shape.”

David Goldsmith CRUcial Times 43, 2012

Download Flyer (PDF)
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Who Should Attend?

This workshop is for people with disabilities and their families who are self-managing their NDIS supports, or who are interested in moving to partly or fully self-managing.Related Workshop on Self-Direction

Refreshments will be provided. If you attend the morning session, you may like to stay and share a light lunch, or if you are attending the afternoon session, you are welcome to join us for a light lunch before the afternoon session begins. Please ensure your registration includes any specific dietary requirements you may have.

About CRU:

Community Resource Unit has a 30-year track record of working across Queensland to help people with disability take control of their lives and take their place in their community. CRU is a DPFO (Disabled People/ Families Organisation) funded by the NDIA to provide individual capacity building activities as part of the ILC program.

This event is funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency

Cancellations:

To view CRU’s cancellation policy, visit: https://cru.org.au/about/policies/#cancellation 


Self Management – Confident, Connected & In Control: Upper Mt Gravatt

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Self Management – Confident, Connected and in Control, Upper Mt Gravatt

About the Workshops:

Self-managing doesn’t have to mean doing everything on your own.
Come to one or both of these short workshops to share creative ideas, develop the confidence to self-manage well, and connect with other people on the same journey.

WORKSHOP 1: Starting to Self-Manage with Confidence

9:00AM – 11:30AM
Are you just starting out with self-managing your NDIS plan, or wondering if self-management is for you? Join us for a short workshop that will de-mystify self-management, examine the benefits and challenges and give you some steps to help you to get started.

WORKSHOP 2: Self-Managing for the Life You Want 

12:30PM – 3:00PM
Self-management really means taking control: of your life, your supports, and often a team! This short, interactive workshop is about how to self-manage well: by being clear about your vision for the life you want, finding the right people for the job, and building a team of paid and unpaid supporters.

Until we did this ourselves, money was spent on things I wasn’t interested in and that is a waste.

I used to feel like a square peg in a round hole; now I’m making the hole just my shape.”

David Goldsmith CRUcial Times 43, 2012

Download Flyer (PDF)

Download Accessible Flyer (Word)

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is for people with disabilities and their families who are self-managing their NDIS supports, or who are interested in moving to partly or fully self-managing.Related Workshop on Self-Direction

Refreshments will be provided. If you attend the morning session, you may like to stay and share a light lunch, or if you are attending the afternoon session, you are welcome to join us for a light lunch before the afternoon session begins. Please ensure your registration includes any specific dietary requirements you may have.

About CRU:

Community Resource Unit has a 30-year track record of working across Queensland to help people with disability take control of their lives and take their place in their community. CRU is a DPFO (Disabled People/ Families Organisation) funded by the NDIA to provide individual capacity building activities as part of the ILC program.

This event is funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency

Cancellations:

To view CRU’s cancellation policy, visit: https://cru.org.au/about/policies/#cancellation 


Inclusive Education: Setting the Direction for Success – Gold Coast – Workshop 1 – Half Day Event

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Inclusive Education: Setting the Direction for Success

GOLD COAST

Thursday 31st October, 2019

9.30am – 12.30pm

About the Workshop:

Come along to a free introductory workshop for parents of students with disability in state schools to learn about:

  • What an inclusive education looks like
  • How to develop a positive vision to set goals for school and school life
  • Inclusive Education Policies and other supports that help make inclusion possible
  • Communication tips and how to work with your school

Who is CRU?

The Community Resource Unit Ltd (CRU) has a 30 year track record of working throughout Queensland to promote positive change so that people with disabilities can belong to and participate in community life.

Assistance to Attend:

There is a small amount of funding available to assist families who need to travel to attend workshops or who require other support. If you require any assistance to attend or participate in this event, please contact CRU to apply for this assistance.

For more information call CRU on (07) 3844 2211 or email: cru@cru.org.au

Event and Venue Details

Date and Time

  • Thursday 31st October, 2019.
  • Please arrive at 9am to sign in, for a 9.30am start. Concludes at 12.30pm.
  • Morning tea is provided.

Venue details

  • The venue is Robina Community Centre, 196 Robina Town Centre Drive, (corner San Antonio Court), Robina

Cost:

  • Attendance is free, but bookings are essential
  • Morning tea will be provided

Download PDF flyer here

Download accessible flyer here (word doc)

Cancellations:

CRU’s cancellation policy is on our website. Please use the following link: https://cru.org.au/about/policies/#cancellation

These workshops are delivered by CRU to assist families of students with disability to be clear, informed, confident and connected so they can work as respected and valued partners in their children’s education.

Proudly supported by the Queensland Government through the Department of Education.

Contact Community Resource Unit Ltd.:


Seven Steps to Self-Direction, Cairns

Seven Steps to Self Direction; Building right relationships between people with disability, families, committed friends and support workers

About the Workshop:

How have other people made self-directing work?
This one-day workshop explores a practical, values-based framework of self-direction, and how to develop supports that work respectfully and constructively together.

The seven steps provide a simple, helpful guide that can be worked through, or started at any step. This workshop draws on the resource developed by Griffith University (Dr Margaret Ward) as part of the NDS Innovative Workforce Fund Project.

Self-direction has been found to give greater choice and control, and more effective and flexible use of available formal and freely-given support. Good support requires the right people to provide the right level of support at the right time.

There are some preconditions that make good support in self-directed arrangements more likely to happen. This seven step approach takes participants from starting with the person through to problem solving and checking for resilience.

 “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”         Henry Ford

Download Flyer here (PDF)

Download Accessible Flyer here  (Word)

About the presenter:

Sharon Bourke currently works as a Professional Development Consultant and presented many of the NDIS  Participant Readiness sessions for CRU over the past three years.

She has worked in various roles, including managing individualised support agencies, advocacy, workshop facilitation and planning. In partnership with her youngest son Dan, Sharon has chosen to self-direct funds that support him.

Who should attend?

This workshop is for people with disability, their families, supporters and workers who are involved in a self-directed arrangement who want it to work as well as possible, and for people interested in moving to a person-centred, self-directed arrangement. It works best if the person comes with their family and supporters.

To view CRU’s cancellation policy please visit this link

Learning Objectives:

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Understand how a framework for self-direction of supports could be applied to their own circumstances;
  • Analyse the requirements for supporting the person well, in ways that assist the person to achieve their goals and live the life they want;
  • Develop skills around recruiting suitable staff and creating, maintaining and monitoring a high quality, person-centred support arrangement;
  • Develop and apply a practical problem-solving framework as a key safeguarding strategy;
  • Evaluate the resilience of the person supported and the support arrangement as a method of safeguarding the quality and sustainability of the support arrangement.

 


Self Management – Confident, Connected & In Control: Gold Coast

Self Management – Confident, Connected and in Control, Upper Coomera

About the Workshops:

Self-managing doesn’t have to mean doing everything on your own.
Come to one or both of these short workshops to share creative ideas, develop the confidence to self-manage well, and connect with other people on the same journey.

 

WORKSHOP 1: Starting to Self-Manage with Confidence

9:00AM – 11:30AM
Are you just starting out with self-managing your NDIS plan, or wondering if self-management is for you? Join us for a short workshop that will de-mystify self-management, examine the benefits and challenges and give you some steps to help you to get started.

 

WORKSHOP 2: Self-Managing for the Life You Want 

12:30PM – 3:00PM
Self-management really means taking control: of your life, your supports, and often a team! This short, interactive workshop is about how to self-manage well: by being clear about your vision for the life you want, finding the right people for the job, and building a team of paid and unpaid supporters.

Until we did this ourselves, money was spent on things I wasn’t interested in and that is a waste.

I used to feel like a square peg in a round hole; now I’m making the hole just my shape.”

David Goldsmith CRUcial Times 43, 2012

Download Flyer (PDF)

Download Accessible Flyer (Word)

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is for people with disabilities and their families who are self-managing their NDIS supports, or who are interested in moving to partly or fully self-managing.Related Workshop on Self-Direction

Refreshments will be provided. If you attend the morning session, you may like to stay and share a light lunch, or if you are attending the afternoon session, you are welcome to join us for a light lunch before the afternoon session begins. Please ensure your registration includes any specific dietary requirements you may have. 

About CRU:

Community Resource Unit has a 30-year track record of working across Queensland to help people with disability take control of their lives and take their place in their community. CRU is a DPFO (Disabled People/ Families Organisation) funded by the NDIA to provide individual capacity building activities as part of the ILC program.

 

This event is funded by the National Disabiltiy Insurance Agency 

  

Cancellations:

To view CRU’s cancellation policy, visit: https://cru.org.au/about/policies/#cancellation 


Seven Steps to Self-Direction, Sunshine Coast

Seven Steps to Self Direction; Building right relationships between people with disability, families, committed friends and support workers

About the Workshop:

How have other people made self-directing work?
This one-day workshop explores a practical, values-based framework of self-direction, and how to develop supports that work respectfully and constructively together.

The seven steps provide a simple, helpful guide that can be worked through, or started at any step. This workshop draws on the resource developed by Griffith University (Dr Margaret Ward) as part of the NDS Innovative Workforce Fund Project.

Self-direction has been found to give greater choice and control, and more effective and flexible use of available formal and freely-given support. Good support requires the right people to provide the right level of support at the right time.

There are some preconditions that make good support in self-directed arrangements more likely to happen. This seven step approach takes participants from starting with the person through to problem solving and checking for resilience.

 “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”         Henry Ford

Download Flyer here (PDF)

Download Accessible Flyer here  (Word)

 

About the presenter:

Sharon Bourke currently works as a Professional Development Consultant and presented many of the NDIS  Participant Readiness sessions for CRU over the past three years.

She has worked in various roles, including managing individualised support agencies, advocacy, workshop facilitation and planning. In partnership with her youngest son Dan, Sharon has chosen to self-direct funds that support him.

Who should attend?

This workshop is for people with disability, their families, supporters and workers who are involved in a self-directed arrangement who want it to work as well as possible, and for people interested in moving to a person-centred, self-directed arrangement. It works best if the person comes with their family and supporters.

To view CRU’s cancellation policy please visit this link

Learning Outcomes:

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Understand how a framework for self-direction of supports could be applied to their own circumstances;
  • Analyse the requirements for supporting the person well, in ways that assist the person to achieve their goals and live the life they want;
  • Develop skills around recruiting suitable staff and creating, maintaining and monitoring a high quality, person-centred support arrangement;
  • Develop and apply a practical problem-solving framework as a key safeguarding strategy;
  • Evaluate the resilience of the person supported and the support arrangement as a method of safeguarding the quality and sustainability of the support arrangement.

Implementing Your NDIS Plan – From Goals to Action – Brisbane September

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About the Workshop:

This is a new series of two practical, hands-on half-day workshops. It is designed for people with disability and their families with an NDIS plan to turn their NDIS goals into reality.

This first workshop will assist people to put their NDIS plan into action and think creatively about how best to use their supports.

WORKSHOP 1: Implementing Your NDIS Plan – From Goals to Action

Thursday 26th September, 9:30am – 12:30pm

This workshop will help you better understand your NDIS plan, and provide strategies to help you get started to achieve your goals. You will consider ways to design and sustain supports to ensure a “good fit” for you and your family. You will look at ways how to direct supports for a good life, including recruiting the right staff for the role. Book your tickets from this page.

WORKSHOP 2: Preparing for Your NDIS Review – Record, Reflect, Plan

Thursday 10th October, 9:30am – 12:30pm

The second workshop is for people who want to get prepared for their annual NDIS review and get clear about the goals they would like to see into the future – please see seperate event booking page if you wish to book for this second workshop https://preparingforyourndisreview.eventbrite.com.au

Come along to one or both workshops to connect with and learn from other people with disability and their family members.

Download Event Flyers:

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Who Should Attend?

This workshop will be of interest to people with disabilities, and their families with an NDIS Plan.

If you need help registering,or other support to attend and participate, please contact CRU.

 Using Your NDIS Funding at CRU:

If cost is a barrier to attending, please contact CRU to discuss. For people who are self-managing or using a plan manager, it is possible to use NDIS funding at CRU. To help you work out if this event is a reasonable and necessary support that will help you (or your family member) achieve your goals, see the Learning Objectives below. For more information about using NDIS funding at CRU, see our website. As CRU is not a registered NDIS service provider at this stage, people who are Agency managed cannot use NDIS funding to pay fees for CRU events.

Learning Objectives for Workshop 1:

People with a disability, family and friends will:

  • Get started in activating their NDIS plan
  • Better understand the components that make up their own NDIS plan
  • Better understand what they can do if they are unhappy about their plan or a decision in their plan
  • Further tease out their NDIS goals to help to think more creatively about how to best achieve their goals
  • Explore some approaches to recruitment that will make the best use of NDIS support hours to achieve specific goals
  • Connect with and hear from other people with lived experience of disability about practical ideas and strategies that have been useful when navigating the new system
  • Get linked in with information and related resources to further build capacity
  • Explore ways of sustaining efforts and bringing others in so the person with disability can continue to have a good life

Cancellation Policy:

To view CRU’s cancellation policy, visit: https://cru.org.au/about/policies/#cancellation 

Community Resource Unit Ltd.

CRU has a 30 year track record of working across Queensland to help people with a disability take control of their lives and take their place in their community

Contact CRU if you need assistance or are unable to register online, by calling (07) 3844 2211 or email us at  cru@cru.org.au


HOW TO FIND THE VENUE:

CRU office is the building is on the corner of Peel and Merivale Streets (enter via Merivale Street).
It’s the building with the big red stripe down the side (opposite St Mary’s Catholic Church on Peel Street). You enter the building at the Commecial entry to the building (to the right of the hairdresser)

GETTING HERE:

Bus: the closest bus way is the Cultural Centre busway Station on Melbourne Street. Turn right into Grey Street and then along to take a left onto Peel Street. Walk up Peel and our building is on the corner of Peel and Merivale.

City Cat: the closest City Cat terminal is the Southbank City Cat Terminal. It is approximately 1.2km walk to CRU.

Train: the closest train station is South Brisbane on Grey Street, opposite QPAC. It is about 600m to CRU

Car: Merivale Street is one way – you will need to enter Merivale from Montague Road to drop off passengers at the door. Limited accessible parking may be available on site – contact CRU to enquire on availability.

Please note: If arriving after 5.40pm please phone CRU 3844 2211 to gain access to building and to use the lifts.
Turn right when you exit the lift to the CRU office.

Parking:
Please note there are two Brisbane City Council Car parks close to CRU. Merivale Street and Cnr of Cordelia and Montague.

Spaces in these car parks and on street parking in the area are 4hour limited metered parking and are heavily patrolled. Cars will need to be moved after 4 hrs to avoid a fine. Please do not park in these for FULL day events.
Surrounding streets: Manning and Boundary have a very limited number of 9hr metered parking.

Clearways are in effect daily (am and pm), so check street signage for restrictions. Local streets are all 2hr parking unless stated otherwise

Paid parking is also available at GOMA, Art Gallery, Convention Centre & Secure Parking SW1, all are in walking distance. Some online parking deals for early bird or discount rates are available – check websites.


Getting to the Heart of What Matters – The Role of a Support Worker – Brisbane

BOOK TICKETS

 

About the Workshop:

The role of a support worker is complex and multi-faceted. Paid staff can make a significant contribution to a person’s life – enabling the person to live a rich life and pursue their own unique goals and dreams.
What lies at the heart of the role is, however, frequently invisible. When we fall into the habit of talking about “hours”, and tasks, routines and schedules, it’s easy to be distracted from what really matters about supporting people well.This full day workshop will be an opportunity for support workers to critically reflect upon the essential purpose of their role, the values that drive “support”, and the sorts of relationships which are core to supporting someone well, particularly in relation to valued roles and community belonging.

Topics Covered will include:

  • A good life
  • Your role in a person’s life
  • Getting to know the person in order to assist them well
  • Supporting belonging, contribution and relationships
  • What gets in the way of good support?

Download Flyer  (pdf) 

Download Accessible Flyer  (Word)

About the Presenter:

photo of Suellen Welch

Suellen Welch works with CRU as a Casual consultant. Suellen has previously worked for several small community based organisations in Brisbane in team leader and key worker roles.

She has experience working as a support worker, supervising support workers, and as a Support Co-ordinator, as well as engaging support workers to work with her son.

Who Should Attend?

This training is for support workers who are directly assisting an individual with disability to live a good life in community. People self-managing may want to recommend this training to their support workers. If you or your organisation wants to register more than four workers at this workshop, we would appreciate you contacting CRU to discuss this.

Using Your NDIS Funding at CRU:

For people who are self-managing or using a plan manager, it is possible to use NDIS funding at CRU. To help you work out if this event is a reasonable and necessary support that will help you (or your family member) achieve your goals, there are Learning Objectives below. For more information about using NDIS funding at CRU, see our website. As CRU is not a registered NDIS service provider at this stage, people who are Agency managed cannot use NDIS funding to pay fees for CRU events.

For NDIS participants who are directly employing your own staff, you can use any savings in your funding to help you manage direct employment arrangements, including providing training to staff. Like all supports funded through an NDIS plan, training for support workers should contribute to the participant achieving their goals.

Learning Outcomes:

Potential links to participant goals*

Identify the elements of a good life and reflect on assumptions about people with disabilities’ right to and the possibility of a good life.

  • Strengthens focus on goals of participant;
  • Encourages critical reflection on practices that may undermine the achievement of a participant’s goals.

Begin to develop a framework for thinking about the role of a support worker in their own particular contexts.

  • Contextualises learning to the goals, aspirations and support needs of the participant they are supporting.

Understand Valued Social Roles and how the concept can be used to support people to have access to the good things of life.

  • Enhances ability to work to support greater & more meaningful social and economic participation;

Understand the importance of friendships and relationships and analyse what can get in the way of relationships for people with disability.

  • Enhances ability to work to support new friendships & relationships and to deepen existing relationships;
  • Enhances ability to work to support greater & more meaningful social participation;
  • Enhances ability to work to support development of informal supports.

Identify factors and strategies that make belonging in community more likely.

  • Enhances ability to work to support greater & more meaningful social and economic participation;
  • Enhances ability to work to support development of informal supports.
  • Strategies for supporting greater independence.

* every person has unique goals and aspirations. This information is provided to assist NDIS  participants and their supporters determine whether the learning outcomes relate to the participant’s goals.

To view CRU’s cancellation policy, visit: https://cru.org.au/about/policies/#cancellation 

Community Resource Unit Ltd.

CRU has a 30 year track record of working across Queensland to help people with a disability take control of their lives and take their place in their community

Contact CRU if you need assistance or are unable to register online, by calling (07) 3844 2211 or email us at  cru@cru.org.au


Venue and Parking:

Information about getting to CRU and parking options can be found here

 


Inclusive Education: Setting the Direction for Success – Cleveland – Day 1 of 2

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Inclusive Education: Setting the Direction for Success

Cleveland

Thursday 12th September, 2019

9.30am – 12.30pm

About the Workshop:

Come along to a free introductory workshop for parents of students with disability in state schools to learn about:

  • What an inclusive education looks like
  • How to develop a positive vision to set goals for school and school life
  • Inclusive Education Policies and other supports that help make inclusion possible
  • Communication tips and how to work with your school

Who is CRU?

The Community Resource Unit Ltd (CRU) has a 30 year track record of working throughout Queensland to promote positive change so that people with disabilities can belong to and participate in community life.

Assistance to Attend:

There is a small amount of funding available to assist families who need to travel to attend workshops or who require other support. If you require any assistance to attend or participate in this event, please contact CRU to apply for this assistance.
For more information call CRU on (07) 3844 2211 or email: cru@cru.org.au

Event and Venue Details

Date and Time:

  • Thursday 12th September 2019.
  • Please arrive at 9am to sign in, for a 9.30am start. Concludes at 12.30pm.
  • Morning tea is provided

Venue detail:

The venue is Redlands RSL, 8 Passage St, Cleveland.

Cost:

  • Attendance is free, but bookings are essential
  • Morning Tea will be provided

Download flyer here (PDF)

Download accessible flyer here (word doc)

Cancellations:

CRU’s cancellation policy is on our website. Please use the following link: https://cru.org.au/about/policies/#cancellation

These workshops are delivered by CRU to assist families of students with disability to be clear, informed, confident and connected so they can work as respected and valued partners in their children’s education.

Proudly supported by the Queensland Government through the Department of Education.

Contact Community Resource Unit Ltd.:


Inclusive Education: Working Effectively with your Child’s School – Mackay – Workshop 2 – Full Day Event

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Inclusive Education: Working Effectively with your Child’s School

Workshop 2 of 2 – Mackay

Please note: Attendance at the Day 1 workshop is not a requirement for attending Day 2

Friday 23rd August, 2019

9.15 AM – 2.30 PM

About the Workshop:

Come along to a free introductory workshop for parents of students with disability in state schools to learn about:

  • Using your positive vision to help your child meet their goals in school and in life
  • Building an effective relationship with your school
  • The Department’s Inclusive Education Policy
  • What good school inclusion looks like
  • Communication tips and advocacy skills
  • Overcoming challenges and who can help

Who is CRU?

Community Resource Unit LTD (CRU) has a 30 year track record of working throughout Queensland to promote positive change so that people with disabilities can belong to and participate in community life.

Assistance to Attend:

There is a small amount of funding available to assist families who need to travel to attend workshops or who require other support. If you require any assistance to attend or participate in this event, please contact CRU to apply for this assistance.

For more information call CRU on 07 3844 2211 or email: cru@cru.org.au

Event and Venue Details

Date and Time:

  • Friday 23rd August 2019.
  • Please arrive at 8.45AM to sign in, for a 9.15 AM start. Concludes at 2.30 PM.
  • Morning tea and lunch is provided.

Venue details:

  • The venue is Mackay Women’s Centre, 418A Shakespeare Street, West Mackay.
  • You can phone the venue on 07 4953 1788 for more information related to the venue itself.

Cost:

  • Attendance is free, but bookings are essential.
  • Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

RSVP:

  • Registrations close on Thursday 15th August 2019.

Download PDF flyer here

Download accessible flyer here (word doc)

Cancellations:

CRU’s cancellation policy is on our website. Please use the following link: https://cru.org.au/about/policies/#cancellation

These workshops are delivered by CRU to assist families of students with disability to be clear, informed, confident and connected so they can work as respected and valued partners in their children’s education.

Proudly supported by the Queensland Government through the Department of Education.

Contact Community Resource Unit LTD:


Inclusive Education: Setting the Direction for Success – Mackay – Workshop 1 – Half Day Event

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Inclusive Education: Setting the Direction for Success

Mackay

Thursday 22nd August, 2019

9.30 am – 12.30 pm

About the Workshop:

Come along to a free introductory workshop for parents of students with disability in state schools to learn about:

  • What an inclusive education looks like
  • How to develop a positive vision to set goals for school and school life
  • Inclusive Education Policies and other supports that help make inclusion possible
  • Communication tips and how to work with your school

Who is CRU?

The Community Resource Unit Ltd (CRU) has a 30 year track record of working throughout Queensland to promote positive change so that people with disabilities can belong to and participate in community life.

Assistance to Attend:

There is a small amount of funding available to assist families who need to travel to attend workshops or who require other support. If you require any assistance to attend or participate in this event, please contact CRU to apply for this assistance.

For more information call CRU on (07) 3844 2211 or email: cru@cru.org.au

Event and Venue Details

Date and Time

  • Thursday 22nd August 2019.
  • Please arrive at 9am to sign in, for a 9.30am start. Concludes at 12.30pm.
  • Morning tea is provided

Venue details

  • The venue is Mackay Women’s Centre, 418A Shakespeare Street, West Mackay

Cost:

  • Attendance is free, but bookings are essential
  • Morning Tea will be provided

Download PDF flyer here

Download accessible flyer here (word doc)

Cancellations:

CRU’s cancellation policy is on our website. Please use the following link: https://cru.org.au/about/policies/#cancellation

These workshops are delivered by CRU to assist families of students with disability to be clear, informed, confident and connected so they can work as respected and valued partners in their children’s education.

Proudly supported by the Queensland Government through the Department of Education.

Contact Community Resource Unit Ltd.:


Preparing for Your NDIS Review – Record, Reflect, Plan – Brisbane

About the Workshop:This is a new series of two practical, hands-on half-day workshops. It is designed for people with disability and their families with an NDIS plan to turn their NDIS goals into reality.

This second workshop is for people who want to be prepared for their annual NDIS review, and get clear about the goals they would like to see into the future.

WORKSHOP 2: Preparing for Your NDIS Review – Record, Reflect, Plan 

Tuesday 20th August, 9:30am – 12:30pm

This workshop provides tools to prepare and plan for your upcoming NDIS annual review. You will have the chance to evaluate your current supports and think about the life you want and the goals and aspirations that are important to you into the future.

WORKSHOP 1: Implementing Your NDIS Plan – From Goals to Action 

The first workshop in the series assists people to put their NDIS plan into action and think creatively about how best to use their supports – please see seperate event booking page if you wish to book for this first workshop https://implementingyourndisplan.eventbrite.com.au .

Come along to one or both workshops to connect with and learn from other people with disability and their family members.

Download Event Flyers:

Download Flyer (pdf)
Download Accessible Flyer (Word)

Who Should Attend?

This workshop will be of interest to people with disabilities, and their families with an NDIS Plan.

Using Your NDIS Funding at CRU:

For people who are self-managing or using a plan manager, it is possible to use NDIS funding at CRU. To help you work out if this event is a reasonable and necessary support that will help you (or your family member) achieve your goals, see the Learning Objectives below. For more information about using NDIS funding at CRU, see our website. As CRU is not a registered NDIS service provider at this stage, people who are Agency managed cannot use NDIS funding to pay fees for CRU events.

Learning Objectives for Workshop 2:

People with a disability, family and friends will:

  • Better understand what a plan review will involve and how to get prepared
  • Reflect and Analyse on the past year (timeframe varied) in regards to what has worked well and what could be improved
  • Evaluate NDIS goals and to help attendees think more creatively about the ways in which NDIS supports can be used to achieve specific goals
  • Utilise a range of self-evaluative tools in order to work out what else might be needed for future planning
  • Connect with and hear from other people with disability and their families on some practical ideas and strategies they have used to successfully prepare for their review
  • Get linked in with information and related resources to further build capacity to fully expand their NDIS plan
  • Explore ways of sustaining efforts and bringing others in so the person with disability can continue to have a good life

Cancellation Policy:

To view CRU’s cancellation policy, visit: https://cru.org.au/about/policies/#cancellation 

Community Resource Unit Ltd.

CRU has a 30 year track record of working across Queensland to help people with a disability take control of their lives and take their place in their community

Contact CRU if you need assistance or are unable to register online, by calling (07) 3844 2211 or email us at  cru@cru.org.au


HOW TO FIND THE VENUE:
CRU office is the building is on the corner of Peel and Merivale Streets (enter via Merivale Street).
It’s the building with the big red stripe down the side (opposite St Mary’s Catholic Church on Peel Street). You enter the building at the Commecial entry to the building (to the right of the hairdresser)

GETTING HERE:

Bus: the closest bus way is the Cultural Centre busway Station on Melbourne Street. Turn right into Grey Street and then along to take a left onto Peel Street. Walk up Peel and our building is on the corner of Peel and Merivale.

City Cat: the closest City Cat terminal is the Southbank City Cat Terminal. It is approximately 1.2km walk to CRU.

Train: the closest train station is South Brisbane on Grey Street, opposite QPAC. It is about 600m to CRU

Car: Merivale Street is one way – you will need to enter Merivale from Montague Road to drop off passengers at the door. Limited accessible parking may be available on site – contact CRU to enquire on availability.

Please note: If arriving after 5.40pm please phone CRU 3844 2211 to gain access to building and to use the lifts.
Turn right when you exit the lift to the CRU office.

Parking:
Please note there are two Brisbane City Council Car parks close to CRU. Merivale Street and Cnr of Cordelia and Montague.

Spaces in these car parks and on street parking in the area are 4hour limited metered parking and are heavily patrolled. Cars will need to be moved after 4 hrs to avoid a fine. Please do not park in these for FULL day events.
Surrounding streets: Manning and Boundary have a very limited number of 9hr metered parking.

Clearways are in effect daily (am and pm), so check street signage for restrictions. Local streets are all 2hr parking unless stated otherwise

Paid parking is also available at GOMA, Art Gallery, Convention Centre & Secure Parking SW1, all are in walking distance. Some online parking deals for early bird or discount rates are available – check websites.


Implementing Your NDIS Plan – From Goals to Action – Brisbane

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About the Workshop:

This is a new series of two practical, hands-on half-day workshops. It is designed for people with disability and their families with an NDIS plan to turn their NDIS goals into reality.

This first workshop will assist people to put their NDIS plan into action and think creatively about how best to use their supports.

WORKSHOP 1: Implementing Your NDIS Plan – From Goals to Action
Tuesday 6th August, 9:30am – 12:30pm

This workshop will help you better understand your NDIS plan, and provide strategies to help you get started to achieve your goals. You will consider ways to design and sustain supports to ensure a “good fit” for you and your family. You will look at ways how to direct supports for a good life, including recruiting the right staff for the role. Book your tickets from this page.

WORKSHOP 2: Preparing for Your NDIS Review – Record, Reflect, Plan
Tuesday 20th August, 9:30am – 12:30pm

The second workshop is for people who want to get prepared for their annual NDIS review and get clear about the goals they would like to see into the future – please see seperate event booking page if you wish to book for this second workshop https://preparingforyourndisreview.eventbrite.com.au

Come along to one or both workshops to connect with and learn from other people with disability and their family members.

Download Event Flyers:

Download Flyer (pdf)
Download Accessible Flyer (Word)

Who Should Attend?

This workshop will be of interest to people with disabilities, and their families with an NDIS Plan.

 Using Your NDIS Funding at CRU:

For people who are self-managing or using a plan manager, it is possible to use NDIS funding at CRU. To help you work out if this event is a reasonable and necessary support that will help you (or your family member) achieve your goals, see the Learning Objectives below. For more information about using NDIS funding at CRU, see our website. As CRU is not a registered NDIS service provider at this stage, people who are Agency managed cannot use NDIS funding to pay fees for CRU events.

Learning Objectives for Workshop 1:

People with a disability, family and friends will:

  • Get started in activating their NDIS plan
  • Better understand the components that make up their own NDIS plan
  • Better understand what they can do if they are unhappy about their plan or a decision in their plan
  • Further tease out their NDIS goals to help to think more creatively about how to best achieve their goals
  • Explore some approaches to recruitment that will make the best use of NDIS support hours to achieve specific goals
  • Connect with and hear from other people with lived experience of disability about practical ideas and strategies that have been useful when navigating the new system
  • Get linked in with information and related resources to further build capacity
  • Explore ways of sustaining efforts and bringing others in so the person with disability can continue to have a good life

Cancellation Policy:

To view CRU’s cancellation policy, visit: https://cru.org.au/about/policies/#cancellation 

Community Resource Unit Ltd.

CRU has a 30 year track record of working across Queensland to help people with a disability take control of their lives and take their place in their community

Contact CRU if you need assistance or are unable to register online, by calling (07) 3844 2211 or email us at  cru@cru.org.au


HOW TO FIND THE VENUE:
CRU office is the building is on the corner of Peel and Merivale Streets (enter via Merivale Street).
It’s the building with the big red stripe down the side (opposite St Mary’s Catholic Church on Peel Street). You enter the building at the Commecial entry to the building (to the right of the hairdresser)

GETTING HERE:

Bus: the closest bus way is the Cultural Centre busway Station on Melbourne Street. Turn right into Grey Street and then along to take a left onto Peel Street. Walk up Peel and our building is on the corner of Peel and Merivale.

City Cat: the closest City Cat terminal is the Southbank City Cat Terminal. It is approximately 1.2km walk to CRU.

Train: the closest train station is South Brisbane on Grey Street, opposite QPAC. It is about 600m to CRU

Car: Merivale Street is one way – you will need to enter Merivale from Montague Road to drop off passengers at the door. Limited accessible parking may be available on site – contact CRU to enquire on availability.

Please note: If arriving after 5.40pm please phone CRU 3844 2211 to gain access to building and to use the lifts.
Turn right when you exit the lift to the CRU office.

Parking:
Please note there are two Brisbane City Council Car parks close to CRU. Merivale Street and Cnr of Cordelia and Montague.

Spaces in these car parks and on street parking in the area are 4hour limited metered parking and are heavily patrolled. Cars will need to be moved after 4 hrs to avoid a fine. Please do not park in these for FULL day events.
Surrounding streets: Manning and Boundary have a very limited number of 9hr metered parking.

Clearways are in effect daily (am and pm), so check street signage for restrictions. Local streets are all 2hr parking unless stated otherwise

Paid parking is also available at GOMA, Art Gallery, Convention Centre & Secure Parking SW1, all are in walking distance. Some online parking deals for early bird or discount rates are available – check websites.


Inclusive Education: Setting the Direction for Success – Brisbane South – Day 1 of 2

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Inclusive Education: Setting the Direction for Success

Upper Mount Gravatt

Tuesday 30th July, 2019

9.30 am – 12.30pm

About the Workshop:

Come along to a free introductory workshop for parents of students with disability in state schools to learn about:

  • What an inclusive education looks like
  • How to develop a positive vision to set goals for school and school life
  • Inclusive Education Policies and other supports that help make inclusion possible
  • Communication tips and how to work with your school

Who is CRU?

The Community Resource Unit Ltd (CRU) has a 30 year track record of working throughout Queensland to promote positive change so that people with disabilities can belong to and participate in community life.

Assistance to Attend:

There is a small amount of funding available to assist families who need to travel to attend workshops or who require other support. If you require any assistance to attend or participate in this event, please contact CRU to apply for this assistance.

For more information call CRU on (07) 3844 2211 or email: cru@cru.org.au

Event and Venue Details

Date and Time:

  • Tuesday 30th July 2019.
  • Please arrive at 9am to sign in, for a 9.30am start. Concludes at 12.30pm.
  • Morning tea is provided

Venue details:

  • The venue is Southern Cross Sports Club, 51 Klumpp Road, Upper Mount Gravatt

Cost:

  • Attendance is free, but bookings are essential
  • Morning Tea will be provided

Download PDF flyer here

Download accessible flyer here (word doc)

Cancellations:

CRU’s cancellation policy is on our website. Please use the following link: https://cru.org.au/about/policies/#cancellation

These workshops are delivered by CRU to assist families of students with disability to be clear, informed, confident and connected so they can work as respected and valued partners in their children’s education.

Proudly supported by the Queensland Government through the Department of Education.

Contact Community Resource Unit Ltd.:


Responding Well to People with ‘Challenging Behaviours’ Brisbane

About the Workshop:

Participants will be encouraged to understand more about the situations in which people with ‘challenging behaviour’ find themselves and to explore how they can best respond to support the person.

Ann will cover ways to develop strategies with the person, so that, regardless of the level of their disability, they can better understand the motivations, effects and consequences of their behaviour. This workshop will involve information sharing, practical tips and strategies and learning through stories. It will not provide a recipe to ‘fix’ the person.

Topics Covered will include:

• Defining and describing challenging behaviour
• Communication and its role in behaviour
• Consideration of what drives behaviour
• Understanding our part in the behaviour of others
• Developing a personal style which is not punishing

“People communicate their everyday needs in many ways.

Do you ever have the feeling that a person labelled with challenging behaviours uses certain actions or behaviours to send you a message?

What is that message?”

Thomas J. Willis & Gary W. LaVigna


Download Flyer (pdf) 

Download Accessible Flyer (Word)


About the Presenter:

photo of Ann GreerAnn Greer has over fifteen years’ professional experience working with people whose behaviours are seen as challenging.  As well as drawing on the teachings of Donnellan, LaVigna and Willis, most of her learning and understandings have come from her greatest teachers, people with disabilities themselves. Ann works with Community Connection Inc. in Townsville to develop creative options for people with disabilities and their families to understand what’s possible in making a good life. Ann is the mother of three adults, two of whom live with disability.

 

 

photo of Rodney Mills

Ann will be joined by Rodney Mills who for many years was put in the ‘too hard basket’ because he was exhibiting ‘challenging behaviours’ on an almost daily basis. Rodney will share insights about living with autism and OCD and how he has gradually built a meaningful life where he is no longer defined by these labels and by ‘behaviour’. Today Rodney is a teacher and trainer, has worked for 10 years in a paid job at the organisation that used to support him, and is now running his own business presenting to the community.

 

 Who Should Attend?

This workshop will be of interest to anyone supporting a person labelled as challenging – whether as a parent, family member, friend, or in a work role.


Using Your NDIS Funding at CRU

For people who are self-managing or using a plan manager, it is possible to use NDIS funding at CRU. To help you work out if this event is a reasonable and necessary support that will help you (or your family member) achieve your goals, see the Learning Objectives below. For more information about using NDIS funding at CRU, see our website. As CRU is not a registered NDIS service provider at this stage, people who are Agency managed cannot use NDIS funding to pay fees for CRU events.

Learning Objectives:

Participants in this workshop will:
• Understand forms of communication and interpret its role in behaviour;
• Learn how to work collaboratively to understand the motives, effects and consequences of behaviour;
• Understand their part in the behaviour of others;
• Learn how to respond to behaviour in ways that are respectful and non-punishing;
• Develop strategies for working with people to better understand and respond to their communication and ‘behaviours’.

Cancellations:

To view CRU’s cancellation policy, visit: https://cru.org.au/about/policies/#cancellation 

Community Resource Unit Ltd.

CRU has a 30 year track record of working across Queensland to help people with a disability take control of their lives and take their place in their community

Contact CRU if you need assistance or are unable to register online, by calling (07) 3844 2211 or email us at  cru@cru.org.au


Responding Well to People with ‘Challenging Behaviours’ Sunshine Coast

About the Workshop:

Participants will be encouraged to understand more about the situations in which people with ‘challenging behaviour’ find themselves and to explore how they can best respond to support the person.

Ann will cover ways to develop strategies with the person, so that, regardless of the level of their disability, they can better understand the motivations, effects and consequences of their behaviour. This workshop will involve information sharing, practical tips and strategies and learning through stories. It will not provide a recipe to ‘fix’ the person.

Topics Covered will include:

• Defining and describing challenging behaviour
• Communication and its role in behaviour
• Consideration of what drives behaviour
• Understanding our part in the behaviour of others
• Developing a personal style which is not punishing

“People communicate their everyday needs in many ways.

Do you ever have the feeling that a person labelled with challenging behaviours uses certain actions or behaviours to send you a message?

What is that message?”

Thomas J. Willis & Gary W. LaVigna


Download Flyer (pdf) 

Download Accessible Flyer (Word)


About the Presenter:

photo of Ann GreerAnn Greer has over fifteen years’ professional experience working with people whose behaviours are seen as challenging.  As well as drawing on the teachings of Donnellan, LaVigna and Willis, most of her learning and understandings have come from her greatest teachers, people with disabilities themselves. Ann works with Community Connection Inc. in Townsville to develop creative options for people with disabilities and their families to understand what’s possible in making a good life. Ann is the mother of three adults, two of whom live with disability.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop will be of interest to anyone supporting a person labelled as challenging – whether as a parent, family member, friend, or in a work role.


Using Your NDIS Funding at CRU

For people who are self-managing or using a plan manager, it is possible to use NDIS funding at CRU. To help you work out if this event is a reasonable and necessary support that will help you (or your family member) achieve your goals, see the Learning Objectives below. For more information about using NDIS funding at CRU, see our website. As CRU is not a registered NDIS service provider at this stage, people who are Agency managed cannot use NDIS funding to pay fees for CRU events.

Learning Objectives:

Participants in this workshop will:
• Understand forms of communication and interpret its role in behaviour;
• Learn how to work collaboratively to understand the motives, effects and consequences of behaviour;
• Understand their part in the behaviour of others;
• Learn how to respond to behaviour in ways that are respectful and non-punishing;
• Develop strategies for working with people to better understand and respond to their communication and ‘behaviours’.

Cancellations:

To view CRU’s cancellation policy, visit: https://cru.org.au/about/policies/#cancellation 

Community Resource Unit Ltd.

CRU has a 30 year track record of working across Queensland to help people with a disability take control of their lives and take their place in their community

Contact CRU if you need assistance or are unable to register online, by calling (07) 3844 2211 or email us at  cru@cru.org.au


Responding Well to People with ‘Challenging Behaviours’ Gold Coast

 

About the Workshop:

Participants will be encouraged to understand more about the situations in which people with ‘challenging behaviour’ find themselves and to explore how they can best respond to support the person.

Ann will cover ways to develop strategies with the person, so that, regardless of the level of their disability, they can better understand the motivations, effects and consequences of their behaviour. This workshop will involve information sharing, practical tips and strategies and learning through stories. It will not provide a recipe to ‘fix’ the person.

Topics Covered will include:

• Defining and describing challenging behaviour
• Communication and its role in behaviour
• Consideration of what drives behaviour
• Understanding our part in the behaviour of others
• Developing a personal style which is not punishing

 

“People communicate their everyday needs in many ways.

Do you ever have the feeling that a person labelled with challenging behaviours uses certain actions or behaviours to send you a message?

What is that message?”

Thomas J. Willis & Gary W. LaVigna


Download Flyer (pdf) 

Download Accessible Flyer (Word)


About the Presenter:

photo of Ann GreerAnn Greer has over fifteen years’ professional experience working with people whose behaviours are seen as challenging.  As well as drawing on the teachings of Donnellan, LaVigna and Willis, most of her learning and understandings have come from her greatest teachers, people with disabilities themselves. Ann works with Community Connection Inc. in Townsville to develop creative options for people with disabilities and their families to understand what’s possible in making a good life. Ann is the mother of three adults, two of whom live with disability.

 

 

 

Who Should Attend?

This workshop will be of interest to anyone supporting a person labelled as challenging – whether as a parent, family member, friend, or in a work role.


Using Your NDIS Funding at CRU

For people who are self-managing or using a plan manager, it is possible to use NDIS funding at CRU. To help you work out if this event is a reasonable and necessary support that will help you (or your family member) achieve your goals, see the Learning Objectives below. For more information about using NDIS funding at CRU, see our website. As CRU is not a registered NDIS service provider at this stage, people who are Agency managed cannot use NDIS funding to pay fees for CRU events.

 

Learning Objectives:

Participants in this workshop will:
• Understand forms of communication and interpret its role in behaviour;
• Learn how to work collaboratively to understand the motives, effects and consequences of behaviour;
• Understand their part in the behaviour of others;
• Learn how to respond to behaviour in ways that are respectful and non-punishing;
• Develop strategies for working with people to better understand and respond to their communication and ‘behaviours’.

 

Cancellations:

To view CRU’s cancellation policy, visit: https://cru.org.au/about/policies/#cancellation 

 

Community Resource Unit Ltd.

CRU has a 30 year track record of working across Queensland to help people with a disability take control of their lives and take their place in their community

Contact CRU if you need assistance or are unable to register online, by calling (07) 3844 2211 or email us at  cru@cru.org.au

 


Getting to the Heart of What Matters – The Role of a Support Worker – Caboolture

BOOK TICKETSAbout the Workshop:

The role of a support worker is complex and multi-faceted. Paid staff can make a significant contribution to a person’s life – enabling the person to live a rich life and pursue their own unique goals and dreams.
What lies at the heart of the role is, however, frequently invisible. When we fall into the habit of talking about “hours”, and tasks, routines and schedules, it’s easy to be distracted from what really matters about supporting people well.

This full day workshop will be an opportunity for support workers to critically reflect upon the essential purpose of their role, the values that drive “support”, and the sorts of relationships which are core to supporting someone well, particularly in relation to valued roles and community belonging.

Topics Covered will include:

  • A good life
  • Your role in a person’s life
  • Getting to know the person in order to assist them well
  • Supporting belonging, contribution and relationships
  • What gets in the way of good support?

Download Flyer  (pdf) 

Download Accessible Flyer  (Word)

About the Presenter:

photo of Suellen Welch

Suellen Welch works with CRU as a part-time consultant. Suellen has previously worked for several small community based organisations in Brisbane in team leader and key worker roles.

She has experience working as a support worker, supervising support workers, as well as engaging support workers to work with her son.

Who Should Attend?

This training is for support workers who are directly assisting an individual with disability to live a good life in community. People self-managing may want to recommend this training to their support workers. If you or your organisation wants to register more than four workers at this workshop, we would appreciate you contacting CRU to discuss this.

Using Your NDIS Funding at CRU:

For people who are self-managing or using a plan manager, it is possible to use NDIS funding at CRU. To help you work out if this event is a reasonable and necessary support that will help you (or your family member) achieve your goals, there are Learning Objectives below. For more information about using NDIS funding at CRU, see our website. As CRU is not a registered NDIS service provider at this stage, people who are Agency managed cannot use NDIS funding to pay fees for CRU events.

For NDIS participant s who are directly employing your own staff, you can use any savings in your funding to help you manage direct employment arrangements, including providing training to staff. Like all supports funded through an NDIS plan, training for support workers should contribute to the participant achieving their goals.

Learning Outcome

Potential links to participant goals*

Identify the elements of a good life and reflect on assumptions about people with disabilities’ right to and the possibility of a good life.

  • Strengthens focus on goals of participant;
  • Encourages critical reflection on practices that may undermine the achievement of a participant’s goals.

Begin to develop a framework for thinking about the role of a support worker in their own particular contexts.

  • Contextualises learning to the goals, aspirations and support needs of the participant they are supporting.

Understand Valued Social Roles and how the concept can be used to support people to have access to the good things of life.

  • Enhances ability to work to support greater & more meaningful social and economic participation;

Understand the importance of friendships and relationships and analyse what can get in the way of relationships for people with disability.

  • Enhances ability to work to support new friendships & relationships and to deepen existing relationships;
  • Enhances ability to work to support greater & more meaningful social participation;
  • Enhances ability to work to support development of informal supports.

Identify factors and strategies that make belonging in community more likely.

  • Enhances ability to work to support greater & more meaningful social and economic participation;
  • Enhances ability to work to support development of informal supports.
  • Strategies for supporting greater independence.

* every person has unique goals and aspirations. This information is provided to assist NDIS  participants and their supporters determine whether the learning outcomes relate to the participant’s goals.

To view CRU’s cancellation policy, visit: https://cru.org.au/about/policies/#cancellation 

Community Resource Unit Ltd.

CRU has a 30 year track record of working across Queensland to help people with a disability take control of their lives and take their place in their community

Contact CRU if you need assistance or are unable to register online, by calling (07) 3844 2211 or email us at  cru@cru.org.au


Venue Location:
Lagoon Creek Café is located right near PCYC Caboolture and just around the corner from the Caboolture Hospital and QUT Caboolture Campus. If you would like some help with directions, please contact the venue directly for assistance.

Parking:

The venue has parking available. Parking is situated just to the right of the red letter “A”, where you should see some other cars are parked. When you are driving up Toovey Street, you should see a big green shed on your left, and the driveway just opposite it on the right is where you can park.


Finding My Place

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Overview

A one day forum for sharing stories by and about people with disabilities who have taken their place in their community.

People will share their experience of school life; moving into their own homes; having jobs; following their passions and contributing to their community.

The presenters who live with disability and the people who support them will share their thinking and the down to earth strategies they have used to get started and keep going.

It’s never too early or too late to start planning for a good life. This is a rare opportunity to hear from and ask questions of people who didn’t listen to everything they were told they couldn’t do.

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Presenters have been announced!

Marlena Katene (Gold Coast, QLD)

Marlena lives on the Gold Coast and is a young leader who inspires others by living a fast-paced life as a journalist, business owner, world traveller, author and presenter. As well as running a successful jumping castle business, “Burleigh Bouncers”, Marlena has built up an extensive portfolio of interviews with a particular focus on musicians and entertainers (The AAC Journalist). A passionate disability advocate, she has travelled extensively throughout the world and Australia to promote an inclusive and positive life for all people with a disability, regardless of limitations presented by impairment.

  

Rodney Mills (Brisbane, QLD)

For many years, Rodney was put in the ‘too hard basket’, by services, when exhibiting ‘challenging behaviours’ on an almost daily basis. His family was exhausted and there was little hope for his future. Today, Rodney lives in his own home, is a teacher and a trainer, has worked for 10 years in a paid job at the organisation that used to support him, and is now running his own business presenting to the community. Rodney is passionate about people with disability having a voice and leading meaningful and inclusive lives in the community. His journey has taken him around Australia and the world, including the United States and Canada. Rodney loves to travel and is driven to share his experiences, connecting with and inspiring others to achieve their dreams regardless of labels or abilities.

 

Sean Fisher & Lisa Bridle (Brisbane, QLD)

Sean attended his neighbourhood primary school in Brisbane and graduated 5 years ago from a large Catholic boys school. Since then, he has been a valued member of the Operations Team at Multicultural Development Australia (MDA) and for the past 2 years has also worked part-time at the Brisbane Convention & Entertainment Centre.

 

Lisa Bridle grew up in Dalby and is a social worker with a background in community development. Lisa is mother of 3. Since Sean was born, she has been developing her own skills as an advocate through supporting Sean’s school inclusion and as an active member of family advocacy organisations. Lisa has been the Senior Consultant in Leadership Development at Community Resource Unit since 2010.

Her work in family leadership development assists families to have a positive vision of an inclusive life and developing the skills they need to pursue that vision both as an individual family and as part of collective efforts for change. If you would like more information, please contact Lisa using the details on the front of this flyer.

Who Should Attend?

This will be of interest to people with disabilities, their parents, families and friends as well as people who support people with disability in paid roles.

Using Your NDIS Funding at CRU:

For people who are self-managing or using a plan manager, it is possible to use NDIS funding at CRU. To help you work out if this event is a reasonable and necessary support that will help you (or your family member) achieve your goals, see the Learning Objectives below. For more information about using NDIS funding at CRU, see our website. As CRU is not a registered NDIS service provider at this stage, people who are Agency managed cannot use NDIS funding to pay fees for CRU events.

Participants in this event will:

  • Gain knowledge and ideas from presenters with disability about how to build a life included and embedded in community.
  • Learn practical strategies successfully used by individuals and their families to achieve their goals around employment, contribution, relationships and independence. 
  • Gain knowledge and ideas of setting up and sustaining tailored, individualised support for a person with a disability.
  • Understand how a vision of a good life can set the direction and drive goals and effort with the person.
  • Be challenged to have high expectations when setting goals and making plans to achieve them. 
  • Understand the importance of intentionality and proactivity in creating a plan for the future.

 

Cancellation Policy:

To view CRU’s cancellation policy, visit: https://cru.org.au/about/policies/#cancellation 

Community Resource Unit Ltd.

CRU has a 30 year track record of working across Queensland to help people with a disability take control of their lives and take their place in their community

Contact CRU if you need assistance or are unable to register online, by calling (07) 3844 2211 or email us at  cru@cru.org.au


 

 


Making the Most of Change – Managing Your Supports ~ Evening Session

About the Workshop

What does it mean to direct and manage your own supports?

For people interested in self-management, this workshop draws on experience and wisdom from families already self-managing. Look at ways to both manage and direct the support needed to sustain a good life, including recruiting the right staff for the role.

This is one of a series of workshops developed for CRU’s NDIS Participant Readiness work. It will assist people to think creatively about supports and build an understanding of some of the nitty-gritty of self-direction and self-management under the NDIS.

 

Who should attend?

This workshop is for people with disability, their families and supporters. Workers are most welcome to attend and learn from an individual and family perspective about managing and directing supports both unfunded and paid.

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About the Presenter:

 

Photo of Catherine LahertyCatherine Laherty works at CRU as a Consultant, for the last three years focussing on CRU’s NDIS Participant Readiness work.

She has presented many of CRU’s NDIS workshops across Queensland, assisting people with disability and families to prepare for the change to the new scheme and to explore what may be possible.

Catherine is a sister to three brothers, one of whom has a disability.

 

Related workshop on Self-Direction

CRU is holding a workshop in Brisbane on 12th March called “Seven Steps to Self-Direction: Building right relationship between service users, families & support workers”. These events will be complementary, with some overlap, however Managing Your Supports will have a greater NDIS focus. You can find more information about “Seven Steps to Self-Direction” on the CRU website.

 

Using Your NDIS Funding at CRU:

For people who are self-managing or using a plan manager, it is possible to use NDIS funding at CRU. To help you work out if this event is a reasonable and necessary support that will help you (or your family member) achieve your goals, see the Learning Objectives below.
For more information about using NDIS funding at CRU, see our website. As CRU is not a registered NDIS service provider at this stage, people who are Agency managed cannot use NDIS funding to pay fees for CRU events.

Participants in this workshop will:
• Clarify the extent of choice and control they would like to have with regard to their supports
• Understand self-direction and self-management and some of the advantages, challenges and practicalities of each of these
• Identify potential barriers and develop strategies that can help sustain and support them in their self-direction/self-management efforts
• Evaluate the range of options to manage their plan of supports based on their own preferences and capacities

 To view CRU’s cancellation policy, visit: https://cru.org.au/about/policies/#cancellation 

Community Resource Unit Ltd.

CRU has a 30 year track record of working across Queensland to help people with a disability take control of their lives and take their place in their community

Contact CRU if you need assistance or are unable to register online, by calling (07) 3844 2211 or email us at  cru@cru.org.au



How to find the event venue:

Info about how to find CRU is available here


Seven Steps to Self-Direction – Brisbane

 

About the Workshop:

What are the fundamental of a self-directed arrangement that helps you live the life you want?

This workshop breaks down a values-based framework for sustainable self-direction, and how to develop supports that work respectfully and constructively together.

The seven steps provide a simple, helpful guide that can be worked through, or started at any step. This workshop draws on the resource developed by Griffith University as part of the NDS Innovative Workforce Fund Project.

Self-direction has been found to give greater choice and control, and more effective and flexible use of available formal and freely-given support. Good support requires the right people to provide the right level of support at the right time.

There are some preconditions that make good support in self-directed arrangements more likely to happen. This seven step approach takes participants from starting with the person through to problem solving and checking for resilience

Download Event Flyers:

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About the Presenter:

photo of Sharon Bourke

Sharon Bourke currently works as a Professional Development Consultant and has presented many Participant Readiness sessions for CRU over the past three years. She has worked in various roles, including managing individualised support agencies, advocacy, workshop facilitation and planning.

In partnership with her youngest son Dan, Sharon has chosen to self-direct funds that support him.

 

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is for people with disability, their families, supporters and workers who are involved in or are interested in moving to a self-directed arrangement. Come as a team if you can to build a foundation for working well together into the future.

Using Your NDIS Funding at CRU:

For people who are self-managing or using a plan manager, it is possible to use NDIS funding at CRU. To help you work out if this event is a reasonable and necessary support that will help you (or your family member) achieve your goals, see the Learning Objectives below. For more information about using NDIS funding at CRU, see our website. As CRU is not a registered NDIS service provider at this stage, people who are Agency managed cannot use NDIS funding to pay fees for CRU events.

This workshop is designed for people with disabilities, their families and supporters (paid and unpaid) who want to ensure they are working in right relationship to undertake together. Attend as a team to build a foundation for working together into the future.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Understand how a framework for self-direction of supports could be applied to their own circumstances;
  • Analyse the requirements for supporting the person well, in ways that assist the person to achieve their goals and live the life they want;
  • Develop skills around recruiting suitable staff and creating, maintaining and monitoring a high quality, person-centred support arrangement;
  • Develop and apply a practical problem-solving framework as a key safeguarding strategy;
  • Evaluate the resilience of the person supported and the support arrangement as a method of safeguarding the quality and sustainability of the support arrangement.

Cancellation Policy:

To view CRU’s cancellation policy, visit: https://cru.org.au/about/policies/#cancellation 

Community Resource Unit Ltd.

CRU has a 30 year track record of working across Queensland to help people with a disability take control of their lives and take their place in their community

Contact CRU if you need assistance or are unable to register online, by calling (07) 3844 2211 or email us at  cru@cru.org.au


How to find the event venue:
CRU office is the building is on the corner of Peel and Merivale Streets (enter via Merivale Street).
It’s the building with the big red stripe down the side (opposite St Mary’s Catholic Church on Peel Street). You enter the building at the Commecial entry to the building (to the right of the hairdresser)

Getting here:

Bus: the closest bus way is the Cultural Centre busway Station on Melbourne Street. Turn right into Grey Street and then along to take a left onto Peel Street. Walk up Peel and our building is on the corner of Peel and Merivale.

City Cat: the closest City Cat terminal is the Southbank City Cat Terminal. It is approximately 1.2km walk to CRU.

Train: the closest train station is South Brisbane on Grey Street, opposite QPAC. It is about 600m to CRU

Car: Merivale Street is one way – you will need to enter Merivale from Montague Road to drop off passengers at the door. Limited accessible parking may be available on site – contact CRU to enquire on availability.

Please note: If arriving after 5.40pm please phone CRU 3844 2211 to gain access to building and to use the lifts.
Turn right when you exit the lift to the CRU office.

Parking:
Please note there are two Brisbane City Council Car parks close to CRU. Merivale Street and Cnr of Cordelia and Montague.

Spaces in these car parks and on street parking in the area are 4hour limited metered parking and are heavily patrolled. Cars will need to be moved after 4 hrs to avoid a fine. Please do not park in these for FULL day events.
Surrounding streets: Manning and Boundary have a very limited number of 9hr metered parking.

Clearways are in effect daily (am and pm), so check street signage for restrictions. Local streets are all 2hr parking unless stated otherwise

Paid parking is also available at GOMA, Art Gallery, Convention Centre & Secure Parking SW1, all are in walking distance. Some online parking deals for early bird or discount rates are available – check websites.