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The belonging project is an action-based participatory research project which aimed to improve social inclusion for children with additional needs, and their families, in the Tweed Shire community on the border of New South Wales and Queensland.
The aim of the research was to work with stakeholders across the community to build a framework for social inclusion in community settings. In particular, the project aimed to grow the skills and knowledge to become a community in which everyone has a say, has friends, and can go where they want, when and how they choose.
The project action plan included:
A report of project outcomes includes recommendations with a focus on the culturally specific needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, who made up fifty percent of the research participants.
This project was a collaboration between the Northern Rivers Social Development Council and the Centre for Children and Young People, and was funded by the New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care.
Abstract adapted from the Northern Rivers Social Development Council
Northern Rivers Social Development Council
16 Keen Street
Lismore NSW 2480
PO Box 5419
East Lismore NSW 2480
Ph: (02) 6620 1800
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