“Open Doors Open Minds” – Free inclusion training in Belconnen Community Theatre

26 February 2018

Is your community group, recreational club, or organisation as inclusive as it could be?

Our friends at Rebus are providing free professional development inclusion training for staff, volunteers, and members of ACT based community organisations. Rebus is a not-for-profit theatre and workplace training organisation made up of people with and without disabilities. Their training sessions are fun, interactive and thought provoking.

Belconnen Community Service has been providing Rebus with governance support for over a year. Having watched the company grow and progress over that time we are extremely excited to be hosting two of the sessions for this fantastic initiative in our very own Belconnen Community Theatre.

Rebus received funding through the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Information, Linkages and Capacity Building program, to provide a free professional development inclusion training program for staff and volunteers of community organisations in the ACT.

By ‘community organisations’ Rebus means everything from completely informal groups like book clubs, through to sporting organisations, arts and cultural organisations, faith groups, and large funded organisations like BCS or Woden Community Service.

In consultation with local community members, Rebus has developed interactive experiential training sessions using the model of Forum Theatre, with a cast entirely consisting of people with disabilities. This training will look at where things can go wrong when people with disabilities want to join, participate in or use the services of community organisations, and allow audiences to work together to find solutions.

Rebus is offering ten of these free training sessions throughout March 2018 with one daytime session, and one after-hours session, in five locations across Canberra including Tuggeranong, Woden, City, Belconnen and Gungahlin. In order to facilitate community discussion around improving accessibility, people with disabilities, and the volunteers, staff, or members of community groups and organisations are all invited to attend. If you would like some more information you can watch this 5 minute video that explains the process in more detail here.

Become a leader in your community, and increase membership in your club, group, or organisation, by learning new ways to become more inclusive. Book now for your free training in the Belconnen Community Theatre on March 8 here, or one of the other sessions around Canberra via eventbrite here.


Session Dates/Times:

Belconnen – Thursday March 8: 2:00pm session and 6:00pm session

Belconnen Community Theatre – Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Crt Belconnen

Tuggeranong – Tuesday March 13: 2:00pm session and 6:00pm session

Tuggeranong Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street, Greenway

Woden – Thursday March 15: 2:00pm session and 6:00pm session

The Hub in Phillip – 38/ 40 Colbee Crt Phillip

Gungahlin – Tuesday March 20: 2:00pm session and 6:00pm session

Gungahlin Lakes Golf & Community Club, 110 Gundaroo Dr, Nicholls

Civic – Thursday March 22: 2:00pm session and 6:00pm session

Hellenic Club in the City, 13 Moore St, Canberra

For more information on these sessions please email Rebus on ben@rebustheatre.com or to express interest in attending book directly through the Eventbrite page for your location of choice.

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