Reviewing Shared Onsite Support

Independent Facilitators provide supported collective decision-making. With multiple Cooperatives in the Pilot, this has included the decision of whether to proceed with the current shared onsite support provider or investigate a replacement. Preparing to make a decision Cooperatives prepared for this decision by How Cooperatives make decisions How Cooperatives make decisions is decided by themselves. […]

Case Study: Preparing a Cooperative for Finishing the Pilot

We are fast approaching the end of our National Community Cooperative Pilot Project. We are now deeply focused on embedding the learnings the group have had to date and supporting their transition into continuing without an Independent Facilitator. One group we’ve worked with is a home of five individuals living under one roof. About the […]

Marissa is excited to be joining the Enliven Community team as a Co-Facilitator

Marissa brings eighteen years of lived experience. Over all these years, she suffered with her own personal adversity as a patient with a serious, rare, and life-threatening medical condition. Due to the challenges of living with her own disability and degenerative medical condition, she deeply understands the hardship many others go through during difficult times […]

Valid Conference 2024

Enliven Community had a stall at the “Our Voice” Expo of Valid’s ‘Having a Say Conference’ in Geelong, Victoria this month.    Our team loved taking this fantastic opportunity to meet so many people throughout the sector and talk all about the Community Cooperative Pilot Project. Our goal was to get more people thinking about the […]

The Importance of Facilitators Being Independent 

At Enliven Community we are passionate about Community Cooperative facilitation being independent. This means the facilitator is separate from the support provider and the housing provider. By being independent, facilitators focus solely on Community Cooperative members and take their feedback to providers anonymously – meaning the provider does not know which members raised a topic.   […]

Feedback from Community Cooperatives to Providers

Community Cooperatives are made up of its members – the people who share onsite disability supports. They do not however work exclusively from the shared support providers – be it the SDA provider or onsite support provider.  Community Cooperatives empower people to have increased choice and control over the supports they share. To achieve this, […]

Community Cooperative Meetings – What to Expect?

At all National Community Cooperative Pilot Project sites, we’re diving into the world of group Community Cooperative meetings, and it’s an exciting phase that many participants have eagerly anticipated. In these meetings, all individuals who share onsite supports, known as ‘Cooperative members,’ come together along with their Independent Facilitator. Community Cooperative meetings inside the Pilot […]

Exploring one-on-one sessions in our Pilot Project

Community Cooperatives are dedicated to strengthening communities and amplifying voices. Within these micro-communities, are individuals. In our National Community Cooperative Pilot Project, Independent Facilitators deliver 9 sessions. While sessions 3 – 6 are Cooperative meetings (meaning all members of the Cooperative are invited to attend), sessions 1, 2 and 9 are individual meetings between participants […]

My journey as an Independent Facilitator

Jessica’s experience working with people with disability I had my first experience working with people with disabilities when I was 13 years old. I spent 6 months doing work experience at a local school for people with special needs. This is what sparked my love and interest in this field and set me on the […]

The role of the Independent Facilitator explained

A Community Cooperative is made up of multiple individuals, with differing views, experiences, communication styles, and opinions. As such, its super important that you have an independent and impartial person there to help facilitate the meetings. We call this person the Independent Facilitator. The Independent Facilitator is important in helping keep the group fair and […]