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Get step by step help to build and operate a circle of support

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!

So I've pulled everything I've learned together into my Circle of Support Project to help you get your circle up and running well without the trial and error.
Sheree Henley, Mum to Isaac, a young man with a disability
and Founder of The Good Life Builders

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 
  • Why you want a circle so that you can be clear when you ask people to join what you want them to help you with
  • Why asking for help is a good thing so that you can lower your anxiety about asking
  • How to find time so that you can focus on developing your circle
  • ​Know the things that will prevent success so you can bust through them
  • ​Being intentional in making friends so that you will have people you can ask to join a circle
  • How to be a good friend because reciprocal relationships are what keep friendships
  • ​​How to become a great conversationalist so that you can connect with people
  • ​Ways of finding new friends because friends come and go and we need to be good at making new ones
  • 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
  • ​The principle of valued roles so that circle members can support your family member to connect to their community through holding valued roles
  • Know what makes circle members stay so that you can focus on these things to sustain your circle
  • ​How to delegate so that you don't become overwhelmed
  • Communicating effectively in between meetings to keep momentum and engagement
  • ​​Decision making techniques to ensure that the focus person has a voice

More than just training

I'm aware that doing training on it's own doesn't often lead to taking action or achieving success.  So along with the training you also get........
  • One on one mentoring sessions so you can ask me your burning questions and overcome any roadblocks.
  • Access to my Good Life Builders Inner Circle Facebook group - an intimate group where other like minded families hang out share successes so you can get the inspiration you need to keep going when times get tough.

The Circle of Support Project is valued at $1997

Use any of the following categories in your NDIS plan to pay for this project

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 - Finding and Keeping a Job

Here's an example of how you can justify purchasing this project

The Circle of Support Project FAQs

Is there ongoing support?
Yes. You will have the support of other Good Life Builders on our Facebook group, and access to 6 individual mentoring sessions.

How long will I have access to the training?
There is no time limit on your access to the training.

How long is it going to take?
The course is designed to run over about 6 weeks but you are free to take as long as you like.

What happens if I change my mind?
You may seek a refund within 30 days of payment.
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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