Workshop to help families build circle of support

By Lindsay Advocate

Fenelon Falls Sign with locks in the background

Two afternoon workshops hosted by Community Living Trent Highlands, and Fenelon Falls-based ABLE, are set to enable families of persons with disabilities, as well as workers in the field, and local friends to get a taste of what life can be like in the building of a truly inclusive community.

Called ‘Building a Circle,’ the workshops on March 19 and 20 will guide participants to proven ways to connect people, and encircle a person living with a disability with lasting relationships upon which they can rely.

The workshops will be led by sought-after speaker Rebecca Pauls, Director of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN), a Vancouver-based social enterprise that partners with families and people facing social isolation to mobilize relationships and leverage community assets.

Building a Circle organizers are hoping the workshop will help families ensure their loved ones with developmental disabilities can have a secure future.

March 19 will focus on the work of community building by support workers and community connectors, and is directed towards career support workers and agency staff.

March 20 will focus on the crucial role of family and friends in fostering community and creating a circle for their loved one, and is directed towards family members, friends, and informal community support.

Both workshops take place at St James Parish Hall, 7 Bond St. E., Fenelon Falls, 1-4:30 p.m. The event is free, but space is limited. Anyone interested in attending one of the workshops, or both, is encouraged to register as soon as possible, by calling 705-743-2412 ex. 550. For more information, go to, or call Heather at 705-878-2824.

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