|Good Life Cooperative||
Social connections and relationships are the key to living a good life. They are not optional extras. They cannot be provided by services or bought with extra funding.
The Good Life Cooperative enables the association of members in creating mutual and peer-based supports -a Circle of Support around each package individual/family member, and a Network of Peers formed by ten or more members in each locality.
A Circle of Support will typically comprise 6-8 people comprising immediate and extended family, friends, neighbours, shopkeepers, volunteer drivers, and members of local sport and recreation, faith and community groups. The Circle undertakes to meet monthly as a base commitment in supporting the person at the centre of their Circle. The Circle will usually act as the primary unit of support for the participant in pursuing personal, family and social goals.
A Network of Peers is a participant-governed group of at least 10 individual/family package holders in the same locality who meet to develop mutual supports, create local support options, access local services, and assist their Circles of Support. Networks have a important role in enabling participants to develop independent living arrangements with local supports.
Participation in a Circle and Network is mandatory for individual/family members of the Cooperative. Working with Circles and Networks is mandatory for support organisation and support worker members of the Cooperative.