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Belonging in focus

‘Belonging’ is a difficult term to define, but it is something that people can readily feel emotionally. People have a strong urge to belong, but what happens when we are not allowed to belong? We have all experienced exclusion at some time in our lives.

How do parents ensure that their children 'belong'?

Me Do

Gabrielle Garrigan

Gabrielle tells her story of growing up and her involvement in community life. With her mother's help and her own skills, interests and tenacious, upbeat personality, she has overcome many barriers.

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What does it mean to be included?

Quilts of Understanding

Jenene Egan

Jenene participated in a program to create links between individuals and convey a message of inclusion. This story provides an insight into the effectiveness of such programs.

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When can 'belonging' be destructive?


Angela Gotzamanis

Angela describes her childhood growing up in a broken home, what she has learnt and how she has moved on.

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