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Qualities of Personal Support Network Facilitators

July 26, 2009


I was going to write about some particular folks I know who are excellent facilitators, but then the list of them kept getting longer and longer… so I decided just to use this excellent list from this booklet.

From CLBC’s publication, “Belonging to One Another: Building Personal Support Networks”

successful networkers:

• Begin from an asset perspective, identifying gifts, capacities, interests and aspects of people that will encourage relationship building.

• Believe in community and actively work to build connections.

• Take direction from people with developmental disabilities and are excellent listeners and observers.

• Are willing to be curious, ask, and keep trying.

• Have strong networks of friendships and social connections themselves from which to draw upon and understand.

• Believe in the capacity of individuals with developmental disabilities to form and sustain friendships and are capable of building relationships of trust with those they serve and support.

• See and seek connections between people and their gifts and abilities linking dreams and strengths with possibilities.

• Start small, take time, see opportunities, and find creative solutions to challenges. • Do not feel compelled to ‘fix’ or change those they support.

• Endeavour to work themselves out of a job… over and over again.

 • Are innovative, work outside of a formal, systems approach, and frequently keep irregular hours.

• Do not define themselves by a particular job description or title.

 • Adapt, change and redefine responses as circumstances, situations and needs change.

• Remain committed to the goal, present to possibilities and responsive to ideas other than their own.

 • Are natural “hosts” and networkers – they feel excitement and display exuberance for this work.

 • Have a deep appreciation for how isolation has occurred in the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families and are passionate about the value of friendships and social connections to heal the wounds of loneliness.

To get a copy of this lovely booklet, contact:

Jule Hopkins
Manager, Service Accountability and Safeguards
Community Living British Columbia
7th Floor, Airport Square
1200 West 73rd Ave.
Vancouver, BC     V6P 6G5


“Loneliness is the most significant disability of our time.” David Pitonyak

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 26, 2009 10:28 am

    Thanks for posting all this great info.

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