When Families and Paid Supporters share a vision of the role and value of paid support in bringing about a fuller, contributing life in the community, then anything is possible!
Families don’t have time or resources to waste, so this session will focus on tactics that are immediately actionable. You’ll learn ways to ensure that paid support leads to meaningful and rich lifestyles that are filled with opportunities for contribution and relationship.
During this two-hour presentation, Janet will focus on the unique role of paid support. She’ll explain how the role can be powerful when both family and paid supporters understand what “effective support” actually means.
You’ll gain clarity about the most crucial role of the supporter: being a bridge to community and relationship. Janet will share stories, strategies, and examples of effective bridge-building. These are based on many years of combined experience with families and supports.
You will learn:
about support as an essential bridging role
how to create situations that will provide rich opportunities for building a bridge.
Then Janet will provide some practical tactics, including
how to turn everyday situations into moments of possibility
how to think through all support actions and requirements using the “bridge lens”, and
how to provide direct support to make a lasting difference in people’s lives.
This presentation is a must-see for families and the support workers, coaches, and mentors they employ.
This session has been split into four parts. This is part three.
In part one Janet talked about how crafting and sharing a vision for a good life provides a path forward to a desirable future. Part two included ideas to thoughtfully get to know who the person is at their core. Janet also investigated the essential role of (paid) support being the bridging of relationships, not the relationships itself.
Meet Janet Klees
Janet Klees is the Executive Director of the Durham Association for Family Resources and Support, a family-centred, SRV-anchored resource and support centre for families interested in building good, ordinary lives in community for and with their family members with disability.
Janet has spoken many times at our events over the years. She is a popular presenter because of her ability to communicate the nuances of supporting people with disability to enjoy the good things of life.
Resources related to Janet’s presentation
Building a Context for Relationship - Janet abbreviates this to "BCR" during her presentation