Pathways to Independence Workshops for people with Down syndrome, Ballarat

August 27, 2022

10am - 3pm

Ballarat - venue TBC

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DSV is coming to Ballarat this August to run two workshops for people with Down syndrome.

You are welcome to attend the whole day, or you can select individual workshops.

We will also be running workshops for parents and families on the same day. You can read about those workshops here.


Date: Saturday 27 August 2022

Time: 10am – 3pm


A minimum number is required to run these workshops in person in Ballarat, and may be run online if registrations are low.

Ballarat venue to be confirmed closer to the date.

About the event

Community Participation workshop, 10am-12pm

This workshop is for adults with Down syndrome.

Community participation means to get out of the house and spend time with friends, family or groups. Community participation is meeting a friend at the park, or going out to see a band.

This workshop will help you learn about how to be more active and participate in the community. You will learn more about why participating in the community is important and some ways you can do this.

By the end of this workshop you will understand:
  • Why community participation is important
  • How you can be more involved in the community

Decision Making workshop, 1pm-3pm

This workshop is for adults with Down syndrome.

This workshop will help you learn more about making your own decisions. It will teach you about the types of decisions we can make and how we can all develop decision making skills.

By the end of the workshop you will understand:
  • Types of decisions
  • How to develop your decision making skills

To Register

To register, please visit our online registration page.


Keziah Glenane, Advisory Network Member, DSV

Keziah Glenane: Kez is passionate about being able to meet up with groups of friends and provide a voice for her community. Kez would like to help people with Down syndrome to get a paid job in the community and live independently.

Kez says:

‘Community participation is important because when you are out in the community you have friends, they give you the feeling of heart-warming and understand how you feel. It’s good to explore things and get out of the house and this helps you not to think about stressful things’.

Kez will be facilitating the Community Participation Workshop alongside Zoe Shearer.

Matt O’Neil, Advisory Network Chair, DSV

Matt is passionate about his community and raising awareness about Down syndrome. He is very excited to be the Chair of the Down Syndrome Advisory Network Victoria (DSANVic).

Matt says:

“Making my own decisions is important for me to control my life. It is about what is important to me and what I want to have in life and what I want to do. Making decisions is putting things into action.”

Matt will be facilitating the Decision Making Workshop alongside Zoe Shearer.

Zoe Shearer, Health Project Manager, DSV

Zoe has worked in the not-for-profit sector for the last 16 years, delivering projects in a wide range of sectors in workforce capacity building. In particular in the last three years Zoe has worked in the health and aged care sectors to build capacity of professionals to work with people with disability and complex support needs and the NDIS to facilitate getting supports to live an ordinary life in the community.  

She is passionate about working with communities that facilitates real change founded on social justice, equality and inclusion, as well as ensuring information is targeted, practical and brings about better outcomes for people with disability and those that support them.

Thank you

These workshops are funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services

Sponsored by Down Syndrome Australia