As a University

What’s involved?

We can work with your university to offer meaningful, engaging ways for students to gain first-hand experience in person-centred practices. By developing a partnership with Community Circles, we can work with you in the following ways. We can:

  • Design and deliver an interactive skills day as part of certain university courses, providing an insight into personalisation and how person-centred practices can be used to work towards positive change (click here for more information)
  • Offer students and staff members the opportunity to train to become Community Circles facilitators, or become members of circles, and gain experience of using person-centred thinking tools in practice
  • Explore the ways in which Community Circles facilitation can become accredited as part of university placement opportunities, to offer students a great way of gaining first-hand experience of working with person-centred practices
  • Help students to develop their own circle to support them whilst at university, and match them to a trained facilitator

Working alongside circles of support means that the next generation of social workers will develop essential person-centred thinking skills and knowledge that will stay with them throughout their career. Ali Gardner - senior lecturer - social work. Manchester Metropolitan University

What do you gain?

Knowledge and skills in using person-centred practices

Through our skills days, students gain a working understanding of how and when to use person-centred thinking tools, as well as a comprehensive introduction to personalisation. By facilitating a circle or joining somebody’s circle, students gain first-hand experience of person-centred practices in action, and benefit from experience of working with a diverse group of people whilst learning new skills, which will certainly stand them in good stead in their search for a job at the end of their course.


Wellbeing has two main elements: feeling good and functioning well. By engaging with Community Circles your colleagues and students can increase their own wellbeing by engaging with sustainable and innovative volunteering opportunities that establish a sense of community around your university.

Transferable skills

A partnership between your university and Community Circles will also provide your colleagues and students with opportunities for the development of key transferable skills and experiences, such as improved interpersonal communication skills, engagement with positive and productive meetings, knowledge and experience of using person-centred thinking tools, as well as group facilitation skills.


Corrine Barnes Delargy, a social work student and Community Circles facilitator wrote a blog post about the ten reasons why social work students benefit from being a facilitator, which is a great read from a student’s perspective.

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