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Sheree Henley, Mum to Isaac, a young man with a disability
and Founder of The Good Life Builders
Hello my fellow good life builder!
Are you looking to build a circle of support but feeling overwhelmed and unsure of where to start?

Don't know who or how to ask?

Need help figuring out what your circle might be able to do?

Need a way of including your family member with a disability in circle gatherings and decision making?

Want help in keeping the circle going so that it doesn't fizzle out? 

Building a good life is tough on your own

When my son Isaac was in primary school (he's now 23), I began to get worried about what his life and mine would look like once he left school.  I wanted more for him than living in a group home and attending a day program.

But the amount of work seemed overwhelming and beyond what I had the imagination, time or skills to create.  My connections in the community were limited.  I was stuck for ideas on how I would make a good life happen for Isaac.  I knew I couldn't do it alone.

So with the help of my friend Sally, another mum who had gone before me, I was able to gather family and friends for our first circle meeting.  That was over 12 years ago and we are still going strong today.

Our circle of support stumbled along in the first few years.  We made lots of mistakes and nearly fizzled out a couple of times!  But we figured out some better ways of working together and started to kick some goals.  

The circle helped me find a mainstream high school for Isaac to attend where he made lovely friends who he still sees from time to time today.

We nutted out what kinds of jobs Isaac might be good at and together we organised work experience activities that grew into Isaac's delivery business he now works in today. 

Circle members supported me when Isaac had bouts of illness and needed to go to hospital.  They advocated for Isaac at NDIS meetings.

They have helped me hire and fire support staff and so much more.  Their love and support has been the key to Isaac's good life.

We It took me ages to get it right and I made lots of mistakes a long the way. I want to save you that trouble!

In the Circle of Support Project you will discover....

  • The right mindset so you can achieve results
  • Why asking for help is a good thing so that you can lower your anxiety about asking
  • ​Why you want a circle so you can stay motivated
  • ​The things that will prevent success so you can bust them
  • ​How you might increase your network so that you can help your family member increase theirs
  • ​Who is in your network so that you can consider who to ask to join the circle
  • ​Who you will ask and how so that you can get started with your circle
  • ​Who not to ask so that you can avoid disasters
  • How to ask so that you can get the best attendance and don't scare people off 
  • Running the first meeting so that your circle members get to know what circles are all about and don't run away
  • Involving your family member with a disability so that they can have their say and circle members can get to know them
  • Making meetings fun so that members look forward to attending
  • Running future meetings so that relationships strengthen and stuff gets done
  • ​Basic meeting procedures so that you can be productive and enable everyone to contribute
  • Sharing your vision for your family member's good life so that members are all working together with a common purpose
  • What your circle will focus on so that you can reduce the overwhelm and get stuff done
  • ​Planning processes so that you can harness the collective creativity and connections of circle members
  • Communicating well in between meetings so that you can build momentum and keep members focussed
  • Technology tools so that you can capture all the work that you do and communicate well with your circle
  • Your circle values so that your circle members act in a way that brings about success
  • ​The principle of assuming capacity so that your family member with disability is given more opportunities to learn and grow
  • ​The principle of reciprocity so that your circle members including your family member with a disability all get to give and receive
  • The principle of person centredness so that your family member's needs, hopes and dreams are put at the centre of all plans
  • Delegating work in a way that maintains relationships and respects people's skills, personal goals and time
  • ​Building trust building trust so that you can feel confident your circle members can be successful
  • ​Getting commitment so that circle members stay for the long term
  • Meeting facilitation techniques that get great results
  • ​Planning work so that circle members can see where they might be able to assist and know what is expected of them

You can use your NDIS funding from the following budgets to cover the cost of this program

  • Core Supports - Assistance with Daily Life
  • ​Core Supports - Assist with Social and Community Participation
  • ​Capacity Building Supports - Increased Social and Community Participation
  • ​Capacity Building Supports - Improved Daily Living

How to Register

Book a Zoom Discovery Call with Sheree to ask questions and make sure this is the right fit for you......
DISCLAIMER: Please understand my results are not typical, I’m not implying you’ll duplicate them (or do anything for that matter). I have the benefit of working with a circle of support for more than 12 years. The average person who buys any “how to” information gets little to no results. Your results will vary and depend on many factors …including but not limited to your background, experience, and work ethic. All recruitment activities entail risk as well as massive and consistent effort and action. If you're not willing to accept that, please DO NOT register for this training. 
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