Community building NATIONAL NETWORk
A NATIONAL NETwork of community
NEIGHBOURHOOD SUPPORTED LIVING NETWORKS
Neighbourhood Supported Living Networks are a successful model of social inclusion for
people with disabilities, people with mental illnesses, vulnerable young people
and others in need of supported living.
A Network consists of ten houses or flats in the same neighbourhood, within
walking distance of each other. The tenth home is a residence for a Network
Volunteer or Worker who lives in the same neighbourhood and acts as an anchor
for the group. In exchange for free rent and utilities the Network Volunteer or
Worker provides the group with support on a part-time or flexible basis. This
arrangement enables the Network to build layers of support around the network
members and with others in the neighbourhood.
Networks of this kind are a successful model originating in the UK and
are gradually being developed in Australia.
We would like to see 50 Networks up and running around Australia very
soon. Though sharing information and contacts, and working together, we can
achieve this goal.
Bronia Holyoak from Perth
describes the value of working together:
§"I am working
in Perth, WA and I am about to embark on a project to develop the first
Network here in WA. I have been informally connecting with a colleague
who is a coordinator of a similar concept in Melbourne to tap into their
resources and knowledge. It would be wonderful to have everyone who has
experience of developing up a network across Australia come
together to support the development of the networks and support and
learn from each other. Setting up a new programme is a daunting prospect
from new, to have a network of connections that have been through the
process to support new initiatives get off the ground would be
invaluable…I hope that this is something that can be coordinated from a
central point, and engage with all key stakeholders.”
We would like to hear from individuals and organisations around the country interested in
participating in a Network, or in supporting the
development of a Network.
Further information will be posted in the members
section of the Community Building National Network,
including resources and contacts for people sharing this interest and wanting to
Register your interest in participating by using the
03 9824 4713