Are you worried about what will happen to your disabled family member when you are no longer able to support them?
Are you stuck for ideas helping them to have a good life?
Got some great ideas but too exhausted and busy to implement them?
Not happy with your paid services?
Are you a service provider with clients that want to build more natural supports?
Forming a microboard around your family member with a disability might be a great solution for you.
A microboard is a small group of people, typically committed family and friends of a person who experiences challenges in life. The microboard works with the person to help them plan and achieve their goals for a good life.
Depending on a person’s particular needs, a Microboard’s role can include assisting with coordinating support services, finding and keeping employment and facilitating friendships.
This workshop will introduce you to what a microboard is and how they can be set up and run.
- What is a Microboard?
- Why have a Microboard?
- Understanding Microboard values and principles and what they look like in action
- What kind of work do Microboards do?
- Don’t know anyone? – How to bring people into your life that you could ask to be part of the Microboard
- Inviting people to be part of a Microboard
- Incorporation & writing your constitution
- Roles & responsibilities of members
- What happens when the board makes a decision you dont like?
- Planning with your Microboard
- Running a Microboard meeting
- Collaborating to solve problems
- Getting funding for your microboard in your NDIS plan
- Services offered by Microboards Australia that can support you to develop your Microboard.
Sheree is a Director of Microboards Australia and is based in Canberra. She is the mother of a young man with a complex disability. She has a powerful personal story that many families can relate to and enjoys sharing how she went from being a tired single mum that saw no future for herself or her son to working with a Microboard and building a life for him that is embedded in his local community where he is happy and thriving. Her 15 years as a teacher and university lecturer has given her excellent skills in speaking, teaching, advocacy and mentoring.