Hi, I'm Sonia.

My passionate belief is in the power of families and individuals to build thriving communities. I believe when we create meaningful connections, we provide each other with the platform to be amazing as individuals, and as a whole.

But genuinely connecting with others is about more than polite respect. It is about the complexity of difference, the challenge of empathy and the power of authentic engagement. It is the struggle to connect, that makes us human and helps us thrive.

Communities and organisations that honour and celebrate differences of age, experience and background enable us to all be better people – to create a world where we all belong.

I am excited to work with communities and organisations who seek to capture and embed the voices of children in their service design, delivery and evaluation. Such organisations are innovative and forward-thinking, searching for ways to be increasingly child-friendly in their practice.

By taking little steps today, we can pave the way for a more connected future, for our children and for ourselves.

Consulting

I work with organisations to design and implement youth engagement projects. From co-designing play spaces to strategic planning, my packages can be customised to meet your specific needs.

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Mentoring

I help organisations, schools and communities enhance their youth and family engagement strategies. My experience across a range of sectors gives me the knowledge and insight to take your project to the next level.

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Speaking

I speak at local, regional, state and national events on creating environments of empowerment for children and young people, and their families.

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Training

I deliver training to ensure you and your team are confident and effective in all aspects of working with children, young people and their families.

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LAUNCHING SOON: Family Connect
A Virtual Space for Families of Children with Additional Needs

Family Connect is a new project, designed to support families caring for a child living with a disability. It is an online platform where families can find the knowledge, confidence and support to live their best lives.

As a parent of a young adult with disability, I have firsthand knowledge of the complexity and challenges of this space. Professionally, I have worked with hundreds of families on a similar journey, including families who represent a huge range of disabilities and chronic health conditions.

Over the years, I have often been asked by people if they can “just pick my brain”. So I decided to try and pull as much out of my brain as possible to build this platform. I will also be including expertise from other professionals and parents, to bring new, unique and varied perspectives.

The platform includes free resources and a paid members area. Members will have access to online learning, a supportive community forum, advocacy coaching and mentoring as well as plenty of up-to-date resources.

This is designed to be the space I wish I had had when our family first landed in the disability world – a space full of resources, accurate information and genuine support.

To find out more check out the website below and sign up to newsletter for more information about our upcoming launch.