Update from CRU : CRUcial Conversations Podcast Series

This information was shared in a CRU Email update on Wednesday 13th May 2020

Last year CRU released a series of podcasts featuring stories of grass roots leadership and change in the disability community in Queensland. With the pace of life slowing for some people during this time, it may be an opportunity to re-visit, or listen for the first time to these ‘CRUcial Conversations’.

There are seven podcasts in the series: five feature leaders from the disability community in Queensland, opening up and sharing their own very personal stories. There is also an introduction podcast, talking about the purpose of these crucial conversations, and reflecting on the stories you will hear. The final podcast is a conversation between Karin Swift and Lesley Chenoweth, discussing the messages of the series with journalist Nance Haxton.

The podcasts are really easy to listen to – the series can be found wherever good podcasts are found – iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and countless others. You can click on this text to access the podcasts. There are more detailed instructions on how to listen below.

  1. Josey McMahon and her twin sister Cathy grew up in a large family in rural Queensland until Cathy moved to live in an institution where she remained for 47 years. This is the story of how Josey reconnected with Cathy and helped her to reconnect with the wider world once again. At its heart this story is about personal change, reconnection and the power of family.
  2. Margaret and Jeremy Ward have been active members of the disability community in Queensland since the 1980’s. In this story they share the personal struggle for their daughter Mena to attend the local school alongside her peers, describing the importance of clarifying their vision; learning about new ways of doing things and getting the right people around the table to help make it happen.
  3. Anne Cross is the founding director of CRU and the recently retired CEO of Uniting Care Qld. Anne’s career coincided with various developments that have come to define our understanding of professional services and their place in people’s lives. Her story is an example of how skilled and committed professionals can partner with people with disability and their families to create change.
  4. Leanne Burke’s leadership has been in quietly and consistently demonstrating what good quality service looks like. Guided by the example of her first teacher, her big sister Maria, Leanne is committed to creating the best life for the people she works with. In sharing what she’s learnt, Leanne challenges many common assumptions of how to serve people well and what leadership looks like.
  5. Kevin Cocks. Since acquiring his disability in his early 20’s, Kevin has engaged in disability advocacy, co-founded an innovative service, won a class action to change the Australian Building Code and served as Queensland’s Anti-Discrimination commissioner. In this podcast, Kevin reflects on his earlier life and some of the ways he was active in cutting new paths for himself and on behalf of all people with disability.

 

The three main ways to find the podcasts are:

  1. If you have an iPhone, CRUcial Conversations is available through iTunes (just search for the title), or you could click this text and it will do it for you.
  2. If you are not an iPhone user then click here for Spotify, or click here for Google Podcasts.
  3. You can also listen to the episodes on our website if you follow this link to our website. The page also includes more detailed instructions on using iTunes, Spotify and Google Podcasts.

These podcasts were funded by the Anne Cross Leadership Initiative, which was established in 2017 to honour the contribution of Anne Cross to Uniting Care Queensland during her years as the Chief Executive Officer.

CRU staff are still available to provide support via phone, email and zoom to people with disability and their families. There are a variety of ways that CRU can provide this – either through one of our particular projects or through a Fee for Service arrangement.

If you need some information, a sounding board, are experiencing issues with NDIS or formal supports, or just want to use this downtime to do some dreaming/planning for you or your family member, please contact us on 3844 2211 or cru@cru.org.au . Our Admin staff will link you with the best person to talk to.


Starting to Self-Manage with Confidence: Webinar

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Starting to Self Manage with Confidence Webinar

CRU has funding from the NDIA to provide individual capacity building activities as part of the ILC program. Between October 2019 and May 2020 CRU was to deliver workshops on self-management. Due to restrictions on events due to COVID-19, we are trialling the workshops as webinars.

People say self-management can be all too hard – but find out what’s actually involved and what the benefits are.

About the Webinar: Starting to Self-Manage with Confidence

Self-managing doesn’t have to mean doing everything on your own.

Are you just starting out with self-managing your NDIS plan, or wondering if self-management is for you? Join us for an interactive 2.5 hour webinar that will de-mystify self-management, examine the benefits and challenges and give you some steps to help you to get started.

Related Webinar on Self-Management: CRU will also be trialling our second, related workshop Self-Managing for the Life You Want as a webinar on Thursday 7th May. You can find more information and register for that webinar here.

Come to one or both of these webinars to share creative ideas, develop the confidence to self-manage well, and connect with other people on the same journey.

Who Should Attend?

This webinar 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.

What do I need to participate?

Using webinars is still fairly new to CRU. We will be using the video meeting platform Zoom. This will be an interactive session, so to participate you will need:

  • a computer or iPad with internet access;
  • speakers/sound and a microphone (a lot of speakers and headphones have microphones built in, like iPhones and Bluetooth speakers);
  • ideally a webcam (built in to iPads and a lot of laptops). This way you will be able to fully participate, ask questions and talk to other participants.

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.

This event is funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency

Cancellations:

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

 

 


Seven Steps to Self-Direction, Brisbane

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:

Photo of Sharon Bourke

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.

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


 


Towards a Better Life: Exploring SRV in regard to people who are marginalised – Townsville

 

Towards a Better Life: Exploring Social Role Valorisation (SRV) for people who are marginalised. Townsville


About the Workshop:

SRV helps to explain why people with disability are highly vulnerable to being excluded from everyday life.

While this rich framework explores how people are marginalised, importantly it also offers strategies to address these processes and increase the chances of people with disabilities to belong to, and contribute in our community.

In this interactive workshop the core themes and principles of SRV will be explored through presentations and discussion.

 

Who should attend?

The messages of SRV apply to all people engaged in the lives of people with disabilities.

This workshop has been very useful to people with disabilities and their families and also support workers and others working in the sector.

On completing this course, you may be interested in deepening your understanding by attending the practicum PASSING, run by Values in Action Association Inc.

 

About the Presenter:

photo of Jane Sherwin, Presenter

Jane Sherwin is a Qld based consultant who has been involved in the lives of people with disabilities, families and older people since the late 1970s. She is an Accredited Teacher of SRV, having been involved in its teaching, learning and application since the early 1990’s.

Jane is committed to working at a grassroots level towards arrangements whereby vulnerable people experience greater levels of control over their own support arrangements.

Jane will be joined by Guest Presenter, Ricky Esterquest.

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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:

The objectives of the workshop are that each participant will:

  1. note the patterns in our society that lead to some groups being devalued
  2. identify negative life experiences that result from the dynamic of social devaluation
  3. explore what is meant by ‘the good things of life’
  4. understand the importance of ‘imagining better lives’ in creating better lives
  5. utilise the principle of ‘use culturally valued ways and means’ as a way of helping people have typical and valued lifestyles
  6. appreciate the links between being in valued roles and people’s experiences of community life
  7. understand the importance of role goals and role communicators
  8. critique a range of visual examples to appreciate the impact of imagery
  9. explore strategies that help people maintain and develop competencies

 

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


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)
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: Working Effectively with your Child’s School – Sunshine Coast – Workshop 2 – Full Day Event

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Inclusive Education: Working Effectively with your Child’s School

Workshop 2 of 2 – Sunshine Coast (Bokarina)

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

Thursday 7th November, 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:

  • Thursday 7th November, 2019.
  • Please arrive at 8:45 AM 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 Venue 114.
  • 114 Sportsman Parade, Bokarina, QLD.
  • You can phone the venue on 07 5413 1400 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 Wednesday 30th October 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: Working Effectively with your Child’s School – Mount Gravatt – Workshop 2 – Full Day Event

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Inclusive Education: Working Effectively with your Child’s School

Workshop 2 of 2 – Mount Gravatt (Brisbane South)

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

Friday 1st November, 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 1st November, 2019.
  • Please arrive at 8:45 AM 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 Southern Cross Sports Club.
  • 51 Klumpp Rd, Mount Gravatt, QLD.
  • You can phone the venue on 07 3849 3366 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 24th October 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.:


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.

 


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

 

Inclusive Education: Setting the Direction for Success

ROCKHAMPTON

Thursday 24th 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 24th 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 Frenchville Sports Club, 105 Clifton Street, North Rockhampton.

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.:


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

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Inclusive Education: Setting the Direction for Success

Toowoomba

Wednesday 16th October, 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

  • Wednesday 16th October, 2019.
  • Please arrive at 9 am to sign in, for a 9.30 am start. Concludes at 12.30 pm.
  • Morning tea is provided

Venue details

  • The venue is The City Golf Club.
  • 254  South St , Toowoomba, Qld.

Cost:

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

Download Flyer here (PDF)

Download Accessible Flyer here (word)

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.:


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.

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

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 

Thursday 10th October, 9:30am – 12:30pmThis 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.

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 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 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:

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.

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

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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?

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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 – Mount Isa – Workshop 1 – Half Day Event

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Inclusive Education: Setting the Direction for Success

Mount Isa

Thursday 5th September, 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 5th September, 2019.
  • Please arrive at 9 am to sign in, for a 9.30 am start. Concludes at 12.30 pm.
  • Morning tea is provided

Venue details

  • The venue is Mount Isa Civic Centre.
  • 23 West Street, Mount Isa, Qld.

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.:


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

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Inclusive Education: Working Effectively with your Child’s School

Workshop 2 of 2 – Roma

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

Wednesday 28th 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:

  • Wednesday 28th August, 2019.
  • Please arrive at 8:45 AM 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 The Community Hub, Roma.
  • 57 Bungil Street, Roma, Qld.
  • You can phone the venue on 1300 007 662 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 Friday 16th 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: Working Effectively with your Child’s School – Cairns – Workshop 2 – Full Day Event

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Inclusive Education: Working Effectively with your Child’s School

Workshop 2 of 2 – Cairns

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

Wednesday 28th 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:

  • Wednesday 28th August, 2019.
  • Please arrive at 8:45 AM 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 Seville Mercy Conference Centre.
  • 35 Bauhinia Avenue, Earlville, Cairns, QLD.
  • You can phone the venue on 07 4047 8100 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 Friday 16th 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 – Cairns – Workshop 1 – Half Day Event

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Inclusive Education: Setting the Direction for Success

Cairns

Tuesday 27th 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

  • Tuesday 27th August, 2019.
  • Please arrive at 9 am to sign in, for a 9.30 am start. Concludes at 12.30 pm.
  • Morning tea is provided

Venue details

  • The venue is Seville Mercy Conference Centre
  • 35 Bauhinia Avenue, Earlville, Cairns, QLD.

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.:


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

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Inclusive Education: Setting the Direction for Success

Roma

Tuesday 27th 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

  • Tuesday 27th August, 2019.
  • Please arrive at 9 am to sign in, for a 9.30 am start. Concludes at 12.30 pm.
  • Morning tea is provided

Venue details

  • The venue is The Community Hub
  • 57 Bungil Street, Roma, Qld.

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.:


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.


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

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Inclusive Education: Setting the Direction for Success

Sunshine Coast – Bokarina

Thursday 8th August, 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 8th August 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 Venue 114 Bokarina (formerly Kawana Community Centre), 114 Sportsman Parade, Bokarina, Sunshine Coast.

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.:


Implementing Your NDIS Plan – From Goals to Action – Brisbane

BOOK TICKETS

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 – Townsville – Day 1 of 2

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Inclusive Education: Setting the Direction for Success

Townsville

Friday 2nd August, 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:

  • Friday 2nd 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 Sports House, 3-9 Redpath Street, North Ward, Townsville

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.:


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.


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

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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.