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 Australia's Peak Body for Civil Society
 



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CIVIL SOCIETY LEADERSHIP  PROGRAM 2015

A 12month program for community people to develop and exercise social leadership.
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SELF-DIRECTED
SERVICES AND PERSONAL BUDGETS


You can take charge of your social support, education and health care through a personal budget.
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for further information.
REFORMING OUR NOT-FOR-PROFITS

Making a difference in our not-for-profits.
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for further information.
STREET BY STREET

Linking
up people who live in the same street or nearby to build community by doing amazing things with and for each other - on a national scale.
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CONSUMER POWER
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LEFT AND RIGHT?

"The Left and Right have been as bad as each other. The Left has allowed its distrust of markets and endless faith in government to obscure the importance of civil society. The Right has been so focused on replacing the state with markets that it has forgotten how to cultivate a trusting society.

This is the politics of the absurd. The Left identifies with the good society but rarely talks about the mutualism and trust between people. The Right recognises the importance of moral obligation but gives the impression of trusting market transactions more than civil society.

Few things seem to happen anymore without a government law or market transaction to guide them. This is how record levels of GDP in Australia now sit alongside record levels of crime, social stress and family  breakdown. The political balance needs to swing back towards civil society.

This task, in fact, requires a new type of politics."

Mark Latham, Mutualism: A Third Way for Australia," 1999.

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Circles of Support

Circles of Support are a key strategy to make social inclusion work for people with disabilities, people with mental illnesses, vulnerable children and families, young people in foster care, single young parents, and others struggling with social isolation. By building an intentional circle of support around a person, comprising friends,  neighbours, family, shopkeepers, drivers and support workers, real connections and communities can be built.

We would like to hear from individuals and organisations around the country interested in developing Circles of Support in their community.

And we'd like to hear from people who are already participating in or running Circles of Support, so we can share experiences and information and assist others to start up.

We want to make it as easy as possible to find out how Circles of Support might be able to transform the lives of people close to us.

Register your interest in participating by using the form below.

If you would like to join our National Steering Group to guide the development of Circles of Support, please tick the box below.

Further information:

Vern Hughes
0425 722 890
vern@civilsociety.org.au

 

CIRCLES OF SUPPORT
Registration of Interest Form

Name  

Email  

Phone  (bh)     Phone (ah) 

Organisation  

Address  


  I am interested in Circles of Support but am not currently
participating in one.

  I am currently participating in a Circle of Support.

  I am currently facilitating or hosting a Circle (or Circles) of Support.

  I am interested in joining the National Steering Group
of the Circles of Support Project.


     Tick the boxes in the areas where you are interested in Circles:

    
  Disability
    
  Mental illness
    
  Young person in foster care
    
  Foster care family
    
  Ageing
    
  Young parent
    
  School student
    
  Vulnerable child

    
  Drug/alcohol   
    
 
CALD
      
Refugee/asylum seeker


Tell us about yourself and your interests



 

  Civil Society Australia 2015
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE COOPERATIVES AND MUTUALS

Social enterprises, cooperatives and mutuals make up a significant but often ignored component of the Australian economy
.
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to join us..
AUSTRALIA'S 665,000 VOLUNTARY
COMMUNITY GROUPS


Our 665,000 voluntary community groups are without a Voice. 
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TRANSFORMING OUR SCHOOLS

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for details of our campaign for a Real Education Revolution.

PARENTS FAMILIES AND CARERS

CLICK HERE for information on the Federation of Parents, Families and Carers.

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LOCAL DIVISIONS

We bring people together in 150 local divisions around Australia to work locally in representing and empowering civil society.
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MAKING IT PERSONAL

Charlie Leadbeater, Jamie Bartlett and Niamh Gallagher have authored this highly influential Demos Report on Self-Directed Services and Personal Budgets.
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to read Making It Personal.