One in five Australians live with disability (ABS 2015). Many of these people want to be connected into community and have the same opportunity to actively join in church and community life.
In 2018 Baptist Care SA received funding from an NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant to work collaboratively with churches, community members, families, carers and people living with disability to locate strategies that build supportive and inclusive communities for people living with disability.
People with disabilities and their carers have co-designed workshops and developed 10 practical guides to highlight inclusion opportunities and ‘easy wins’ your church or community service can make to be more accessible and inclusive, and create genuine opportunity for people with disability to participate and thrive. Indeed, we believe that inclusion makes us all stronger, healthier and more reflective of genuine Christian community.
Whilst the grant has finished the 10 practical guides are still available.
We are working on alternative methods to deliver some of the workshop material using videos of the presenters with lived experience of disability and carers, and offering interactive workshops to explore local barriers and plan solutions for developing inclusive communities, because we are better together.
Co-Design and Connect is a new 12-month project that builds on the momentum established through Baptist Care SA’s successful ‘Connections’ program and will work with churches across the state to co-design/re-design new opportunities that are inclusive of children and young people of all abilities.
This project will work with interested churches and utilise the knowledge and skills of disability experts, young people with lived experience of disability, and developmental educators, who will share their knowledge, skills and experiences to work with churches to help co-design/re-design activities that enable full inclusion.
There is no cost to the churches for their participation and involvement in this opportunity.Read More
If you are interested in hosting a workshop in your church or community group, please contact the Church Support Team
E: [email protected].