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    Holding the Compass: Directing funded support to get the life you want - Cairns

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    Event description

    Does having paid support really make your life better? Are there things you would like to change?

    Paid support has an important role in the lives of people with disability. When this paid or ‘formal’ support is not done well or used well, it can become something that gets in the way of friendships, relationships and ordinary life.

    "Holding the Compass" is a workshop that can help you navigate life with funded supports.

    This workshop shares ideas and approaches to give you the skills and confidence to make the most of the supports you have now and in the future.

    This workshop explores:

    • What do we mean by good paid or 'formal' support'?
    • Understanding your role and responsibilities in the quality support you want.
    • Taking a lead, so paid supporters are working towards the life you want.
    • Problem solving and managing conflict in respectful and productive ways.
    • Reviewing your formal supports and checking for resilience.

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    Download an Accessible flyer here (word)

    Who Should Attend

    This workshop is relevant to people with disability and family members who have paid supports, services or organisations in their life, regardless of how their funding is managed. Workers, friends and allies are also very welcome.

    Learning Objectives

    • To understand what formal support is and what it is not
    • To understand the importance of directing your supports and why its fundamental to using supports well to achieve a good life
    • To explore and reflect why its important to start with the person and their vision and goals to determine the type of support you want
    • To learn about how to find the right supports to achieve your vision and goals
    • To consider where you might find the right supports and what options you have available to you
    • Breakdown what responsibilities you have to ensure formal supports are working towards your vision and goals
    • Develop strategies to solve problems and to manage conflict in ways that establish and maintain respectful and productive working relationships
    • To develop confidence in reviewing formal supports and checking for resilience

    About CRU

    For 35 years, Community Resource Unit has been working across Queensland to help people with disability take control of their lives and take their place in their community.

    The cost of this event is partially subsidised by a Department of Social Services grant. If cost is a barrier to attending, please contact CRU to discuss.

    Please contact CRU if you require assistance to register, attend or participate in this event. 

    Ph: 07 3844 2211 or Email:


    COVID-19: Please do not attend on the day if you are unwell, if you have COVID-19 like symptoms or have been in close contact with a confirmed case.

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