How we connect
Connecting with people
The Coordinator’s role is to recruit, connect and support the relationship between two parties. This may be a relationship between two individuals, one of whom has a disability. It may be a relationship between two families, one of whom has a member with a disability. The frequency with which people get together depends upon the people involved.
Connecting with a group or club
The Coordinator may also connect and support a relationship between an individual and a group or club in community, such as Brownies, Scouts, sports teams, or youth groups. These groups, whose members all share common goals, activities and interests, are natural places for friendships to grow. The Coordinator supports both the connection to the whole group, as well as recognizing and encouraging individual relationships within the group.
Connecting in school settings
The Coordinator may help develop relationships within the school setting. School is a natural place for friendships to grow. Friendship circles are groups of children who are intentionally brought together in order to get to know each other and to build welcoming and inclusive school communities for all classmates. The Coordinator facilitates circle meetings and encourages the group to plan time and activities together, and to explore the concept of friendship both in and outside of school.
Connecting with community life
The Coordinator may help cultivate a relationship among a supportive group of family, friends and neighbours who wish to ensure that an individual with a developmental disability is actively engaged in community life. Support circles create opportunities for family and friends to come together to sustain and nurture, in as natural a way as possible, an individual with a disability as an active, contributing participant in the life of family, friends, neighbourhood, school, work, faith community and leisure environments. It is neither a service nor a program but simply a process for supporting, learning and action over the long term.