Reconnection Reverse is that part of Reconnection for
anyone who needs support from others. It's designed for
people who feel isolated, marginalized, excluded, left
out, unsupported, but it's also designed for people who
have an idea, or something they want to do but who need
the support from others to get something started or
something off the ground. Either way it's about the
creation of the new possibilities and opportunities.
How to join the Reconnection Reverse group
You first sign up to Reconnection which is completely free of charge. There's no membership fees, subscriptions, nothing to buy or pay for, you simply fill out the form if you're not already involved in Reconnection. If you're already involved in Reconnection you simply apply to join the Reconnection Reverse discussion group.
You can then post about your specific situation and start getting the support you need. There are however some restrictions when it comes to Reconnection Reverse. You cannot be in the Reverse group in Reconnection if you're in the Governance group and vice versa. Being within the Reverse group of Reconnection identifies you legally as a Qultura beneficiary for the duration of your time spent in the Reverse group. Being a part of the other groups is fine, but you cannot be a Qultura Trustee, or part of our administration or support while you are in the Reverse group.
About getting support.
All support given to people in Reconnection Reverse is unqualified community support and based on primary social interaction. It's also based on the following cycle..
The governing principle here is that whoever receives the support controls the cycle. The basis for the support is the life experiences of whoever is being supported and their trajectory of emotional and cognitive development. This is what forms the perspective on life and it is known only to one person - the one who is receiving support.
Getting practical and qualified support.
Reconnection is not designed to provide anyone with practical or qualified support. If you have a housing issue for example, there are organizations and charities who can give far better support and assistance in housing matters. Likewise with a mental health issue we strongly recommend going to your GP or getting support from someone with qualified medical or clinical experience. We can support you in getting access to such support and assistance, and you should always ensure that you get the best possible qualified support when you need it.
The way to get anything done in Reconnection is to create a project with clear objectives and tasks, with roles and involving other people. If you need some form of resource whether it be space, material or financial support, instead of creating a project you create an appeal.
Creating an appeal is not that much different to creating a project, but there are some differences because you are the beneficiary of the appeal. You need to have a clear objective for your appeal so other people can understand why you need the resources. You also need to provide details of what you need, giving details of dates and times space is needed and a costed breakdown of any material and financial needs.
You also need someone to administer the appeal from the Governance group, administration and/or support, and to work with them to administer the appeal to its completion or conclusion.
You can fulfill any of the other roles in Reconnection for your appeal and make use of our pledges and donations to gather resources. Whatever is pledged or donated to your appeal is forwarded to you in exchange for administration. Please note that we never give people cash or give people money for unspecified reasons.
For those affected by social exclusion and social stigma
Social stigma and social exclusion is always a unique and individual experience. This makes such things as studies, research and statistics largely meaningless. The only resource is the individual pathway of emotional and cognitive development someone has taken through life.
When you sign up to Reconnection the fact that you experienced, or are experiencing social exclusion or social stigma is not an issue. You will not be perceived as someone with an issue, but someone who has increased awareness, understanding, knowledge and real life experience of these issues and what impact they can have on someone's life. There is a recovery process, which is also unique and highly individual. The experience of social exclusion and social stigma does not in any way take anything from your value as a human being.
Other people may not understand or be aware of the issues or consequences that are involved which is why it's important as part of any recovery to develop narrative accounts based on your own experience - experiences and stories - to be able to share with others. We work to give you enough media and a platform to share those narratives and experience. This is part of your experience, your perspective, and it gives you authority. You are the highest authority in your life. But it's speaking and communicating with this authority which is going to cause others to think differently.
This is a major part of Qultura, that platform and the media through which people affected by social stigma and social exclusion get to speak out, share their stories and experience, and also interact with other people in their community to recover that sense of inclusion and to create the possibilities and opportunities through which changes can be made.
About activism - to be read and taken on board.
Qultura is a charitable organization which also functions
in the community. Our focus lies in the creation of new
possibilities and opportunities for people who are affected
by social exclusion and social stigma - people who are
excluded, marginalized, isolated, deprived, stigmatized and
who don't have access to the same opportunities as everyone
Our strategy is the development of culture in local
communities and the setting up of community support
networks. This requires a certain amount of change. Change
is synonymous with creativity.
Creativity on the one hand involves exploration,
experimentation, trying different things out to see what
works and what doesn't. But it also requires commitment,
effort, thinking, sometimes involving conflict and failure,
so it also requires the ability to resolve conflicts, get on
with different people, have an open mind which is often
separate from personal belief and judgment.
Our definition of activism means active and participating
in the local community, doing things together with other
people in the community for the benefit of oneself, for
others and for the benefit of the community itself. We are
fully committed to our objectives and mission and also our
commitment to working in the public interest.
This is a supportive environment for getting involved, getting to know other people, making connections, getting to know people, doing different things together, mainly for the purpose of creating new possibilities, new opportunities, and developing support networks and culture. It's not a good environment for devotion to personal beliefs, developing attachments to personal beliefs, or creating and maintaining conflicts on the basis of personal beliefs. There are other organizations for this sort of thing.