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Expanding Mike's Networks

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Living Distinctive Lives supported Mike to shape his own life - this involved creating meaningful roles in the community, moving out of his parents home and starting to grow his own network. See the possibilities for Mike and those he meets...

Mike has a disability, but no longer is he the disability. He is a volunteer, an employee, a housemate, a Hawks supporter and a friend to have a beer at the pub with.

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Expanding Mike's Networks

  1. 1. Your friend mentions that her sister is in a band. Together you go to see her play. At the gig, you meet her sister’s friend... What if your networks were not organic, but only your family and paid staff? Oh, and others with limited networks of family and paid staff? How would your network and life grow? Imagine
  2. 2. • This is Mike’s story • From 2009 to 2016 Mike’s networks became organic… Mike’s life is expanding
  3. 3. Family Local gym 2009 Segregated ‘day service’ Staff at ‘day service’ Clients at ‘day service’ Mike’s life is expanding
  4. 4. Family Local gym 2010 Segregated ‘day service’ Staff at ‘day service’ Clients at ‘day service’ Time with family, friends & neighbours Going to local football club Time in local community Mike’s life is expanding Through my Eyes photography project Circle of support Volunteer at local CFA Solo photography exhibition
  5. 5. Family Local gym 2011 Segregated ‘day service’ Staff at ‘day service’ Clients at ‘day service’ Time with family, friends & neighbours Going to local football club Time in local community Mike’s life is expanding Through my Eyes photography project Circle of support Volunteer at local CFA Solo photography exhibition 8 week photography course Entered 3 photography competitions Circle meeting at Travelers Aide Help with CFA Santa Run (lifelong dream) Lightening set up at WILD disco Participation in CFA social events (e.g. BBQ) Photos displayed at Flinders St Travelers Aide Work at local chemist New support worker employed by family Time with new friend Tanya Work at local dry cleaner
  6. 6. Family Local gym 2014 Segregated ‘day service’ Staff at ‘day service’ Clients at ‘day service’ Time with family, friends & neighbours Going to local football club Time in local community Mike’s life is expanding Through my Eyes photography project Circle of support Volunteer at local CFA Solo photography exhibition 8 week photography course Entered 3 photography competitions Circle meeting at Travelers Aide Help with CFA Santa Run (lifelong dream) Lightening set up at WILD disco Participation in CFA social events (e.g. BBQ) Photos displayed at Flinders St Travelers Aide Work at local chemist New support worker employed by family Time with new friend Tanya Work at local dry cleaner Received CFA t-shirt & cap Job at Harcourts Featured in Harcourts newsletter Selling photo cards at local cafe Know local café staff Staying at circle member Leon’s house Going to the pub with Leon & his son Receive Harcourts shirt & hat Volunteer at Salvos Op shop
  7. 7. Family Local gym 2016 Segregated ‘day service’ Staff at ‘day service’ Clients at ‘day service’ Time with family, friends & neighbours Going to local football club Time in local community Mike’s life is expanding Through my Eyes photography project Circle of support Volunteer at local CFA Solo photography exhibition 8 week photography course Entered 3 photography competitions Circle meeting at Travelers Aide Help with CFA Santa Run (lifelong dream) Lightening set up at WILD disco Participation in CFA social events (e.g. BBQ) Photos displayed at Flinders St Travelers Aide Work at local chemist New support worker employed by family Time with new friend Tanya Work at local dry cleaner Received CFA t-shirt & cap Job at Harcourts Featured in Harcourts newsletter Selling photo cards at local cafe Know local café staff Staying at circle member Leon’s house Going to the pub with Leon & his son Moving out of parents house Living with 3 housemates Australia day BBQ with housemate, her sister, nieces and nephew Meeting the neighbours Receive Harcourts shirt & hat Go to football with housemate Volunteer at Salvos Op shop

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