Home Event Peer Leadership Training for People with Lived Experience – Neighbourly Session 6 – Understanding participation and engagement

Event Description

Neighbourly is a group of people with lived experience of homelessness, housing need or of living in social housing.

Neighbourly meets to work on projects that build support for solutions to homelessness. Neighbourly also works to have input to Government and other human services about how things can be better.

Neighbourly is currently part of Q Shelter and will be working with Q Shelter to deliver training for new and existing members.

Neighbourly works to:

  • build community support for solutions to homelessness
  • make sure there is enough housing for people
  • make sure there is support when people need it
  • ensure that the places we live are connected, caring and safe.

From 15 July – 21 October, Neighbourly will meet fortnightly for training and to catch up.

Refreshments are provided.

All meetings occur at New Farm Neighbourhood Centre at 967 Brunswick Street New Farm.

There is no cost to join and new members are very welcome.

You can join by calling Q Shelter on 3831 5900 or by emailing info@qshelter.asn.au.

We have other events and activities you might like to join in: www.qshelter.asn.au. All Q Shelter events are free for people with lived experience of homelessness, housing need and of being a social housing tenant.


Introduction to the Training

Q Shelter is presenting a series of training workshops on leadership, participation and change. People with lived experience of homelessness, housing need and social housing will have the opportunity to use their experience and knowledge as a basis to learn new skills in becoming leaders, supporting groups and providing valued input to policy and service delivery.

Session 1 – Telling your story: an introduction

Thursday, 15 July 2021 – 1:30pm to 4pm

Stories help people understand how homelessness and housing stress effects people.  Stories can help people understand and be more supportive of the solutions.

This session will help participants understand how to prepare your story and how to tell it in a way that helps other people understand. The session will cover how to do that in ways that support you and strengthen you as a community leader working for change.

Session 2 – Telling your story:  practice makes perfect 

Thursday 29 July 2021 – 1:30pm to 4pm

This session will be focused on supporting each other to practice some story telling skills. It will be a fun and practical session which builds confidence and a sense of direction about what to say, when and how.

Session 3 – Building a group

Thursday 12 August 2021 – 1:30pm to 4pm

An important role for people with lived experience is to reach out to other peers where they live and spend time, to encourage other people to be involved and to connect. It might be in a social way where you live, or to pull together ideas on how to change things for the better.

This session will cover an introduction to building groups around the things you care about. How do you start? What can you do to encourage people to come along? How to prepare an agenda or outline of the meeting? How to guide the meeting so everyone gets a chance to have a say?

Session 4 – Keeping a group going

Thursday 26 August 2021 – 1:30pm to 4pm

Once a group has come together, it will need support to stay together. Learn about the stages groups go through and how you can help a group to make progress, stay strong and united. This session is about helping groups strengthen and remain open to new members and participants.

Session 5 – Helping services be better

Thursday 9 September 2021 – 4pm to 6pm

The opportunity comes along for people to have a say about how things can be better. It is an opportunity to talk about what is going well and what might need to change to be better for people. This session will talk about how to prepare for opportunities to provide information, advice and ideas. It will explore how to be effective in helping change to happen.

Session 6 – Understanding participation and engagement

Thursday 23 September 2021 – 4pm to 6pm

There are many different ways to help people engage with opportunities to be involved and to participate whether it is in tenant groups or in consultation forums. This session will explore the different types and levels of participation and engagement. It will also help to identify how to engage people, when and how.

Session 7 – An induction to the housing and homelessness sector

Thursday 7 October 2021 – 4pm to 6pm

This session provides an overview of the services and resources available to help people. What role does the Government and community sector play? If you know someone who needs help, what can you tell them that might help?

Session 8 – Educating the community about homelessness

Thursday 21 October 2021 – 4pm to 6pm

This session will cover some tools and resources that help with explaining what homelessness is, what causes it and how it can be solved. It is intended to provide participants with tools information and resources they can use in any contact with the community designed to education and inform.

Session 9 – Graduation and celebration

Thursday 4 November – 4pm to 6pm

This will be a celebration of everyone’s achievements in this training program and will include a meal together to reflect on the program and think about next steps.


Who is this training for?

This training is for people with lived experience of homelessness and housing need. It is also for people who live in social housing.

It is intended to provide opportunities for people to build their skills and confidence in supporting positive change and increased connections involving others with similar experiences.

How can I get involved?

Contact Q Shelter on 3831 5900 or email info@qshelter.asn.au to express interest. Someone will assist you with registration.

Where will the training take place?

All sessions will be held at New Farm Neighbourhood Centre at 967 Brunswick Street New Farm (Bus stop 16 or close to the Ferry stop at Brunswick Street). The training room is the Community Room which can be accessed down the side of the building with the entrance in the back garden.

Cost: There is no cost to attend.

Location: New Farm Neighbourhood Centre, 967 Brunswick Street, New Farm

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