Friendships and a sense of belonging are essential to everyone's well-being. It is important to be intentional and purposeful in supporting people with disability to be connected meaningfully to other people in their communities. This resource page will give you ideas and strategies to create and strengthen connections around shared interests and experiences.
"Friendship cannot be purchased, arranged, brokered or organised. The more typical, valued, roles Joscelyn has, where everyone else is and the more people
she meets, the more opportunities there will be for relationships to form." Parent Meg Sweeney lays the groundwork for the possibility of friendships for her daughter. (PDF)
"Unless recreational activities are strategically focused on deepening connections, activities alone are unlikely to lead towards the kinds of meaningful relationships we seek." A short analysis of the ways community connections and positive roles can be found, like 'recognising the sweet places'. (Opens on the Community Works website)
In this video, author Janet Klees talks about her experience as a support worker, and why she never described herself as a 'friend' to the people she supported while in paid employment. Janet describes how her understanding of community, belonging and relationship have been deepened through her long-term friendship with Beatrice, who lives with disability. (Opens in Vimeo)