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What church means to Mary…

I had the pleasure of going to church with Mary today. It was lovely to see people who remembered Mary and came over to greet us, welcoming Mary back to church. The purpose of Mary’s circle is to reconnect her with her faith community.  At the moment […]

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Mary’s Circle, the ‘Cream Cake Get Together’

How are we building on actions… Today’s Circle get together with Mary starting off by admiring her beautifully manicured nails and chatting about her recent holiday.  We then recapped on the actions from Mary’s person centred review.  The purpose of Mary’s circle is to reconnect her with […]

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Being a good fit and why it matters

I read with interest Helen Sanderson blog about person centred recruitment and being a ‘good fit’ with an organisation. Helen says, “Usually ideas of a good fit are one way only – do you fit with us? How do you find people who are a great fit […]

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Why I love my job…

Why I love my job…

  Cath Barton writes about why she loves her job as Community Circles Connector in Rochdale. #1 It’s a privilege to be part of someone’s circle.  In a Community Circle you really are invited into the heart of a family, invited into an intimate gathering where positive […]

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Singing, gliding and a glass of dry white

Singing, gliding and a glass of dry white

The idea of any kind of formal meeting makes Miriam anxious. Clearly we wanted to avoid this, so to anyone else, her circle meeting looked like friends visiting and chatting. Within the Community Circles process this is the meeting where another facilitator, in this situation Gill, supports […]

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“It’s made room for action…” Lynda’s person centred review

Within Community Circles, the second meeting always takes the form of a particular person centred planning style, helping to develop actions that will support the progress within the circle. For Lynda’s second circle get together we had a person centred review; thinking about what is important to […]

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LDOK Radio, SURFing the airwaves

  Cath writes….. LDOK.net is an inclusive online radio station with a mission to inform and entertain everybody, everywhere, at anytime. It is also an important platform for the recognition, support, promotion and development of the UK’s disabled community with an emphasis on supporting people with a […]

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Mary’s circle, or I should say “the cream cake get together”

Cath writes….. The Cream Cake Get Together Mary takes a great pride in her appearance, loves having her nails done and being pampered and loves to receive compliments.  She has a great giggle which can brighten everyone’s mood around her.  Mary enjoys all things to do with […]

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Lynda’s Circle – Starting the Journey

Today, Cath shares with us the story of Lynda’s first Circle.  It is an inspiring story and also shows the use of technology when people cannot physically meet up for a Circle. Starting the Journey Lynda is warm, welcoming, kind and patient.  She has been married to […]

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Circles of Support? Community Circles? What’s the difference?

Here at Community Circles, we are exploring how Circles of Support can be delivered at scale.  There has been some confusion about the differences between Circles of Support and Community Circles.  People are asking are they the same thing and if not, what are the differences? So […]

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Canadian models of Circles and supportive social networks

Over the next few weeks, we want to share with you how Circles are working in other Countries.  We want to learn from them how we can help Circles to be developed at scale here. Several of the UK initiatives refer to their basis in a Canadian Circle […]

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Who could provide Facilitation and Support for Circles?

The following is an excerpt from Circles of Support and Personalisation (Helen Sanderson and Max Neill 2012) So, who could provide Facilitation and Support for Circles? Existing circles: Where existing circles have been working successfully, the people who have been part of this success can share their […]

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What is the contribution of Circles of Support to delivering personalisation?

  The ‘circle of support’ is a model that has enormous potential to enhance the lives of many more people, and to increase the capacity of the community to welcome people with disabilities and other social and health needs. Circles harness human warmth and human creativity and […]

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Time Out to Reflect

Written by Helen Smith, Community Circles Coordinator, Greater Manchester In a time when information moves so fast and we are constantly accessible through social media, it sometimes takes that extra effort to sit down and take the time and space for some reflection. Recently I took some […]

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How can you engage with Community Circles?

Community Circles is exploring how to create Circles at scale, using person-centred practices, so that everyone can benefit. What does this actually mean? We need to find a way to extend the opportunity for people to have a Circle, to all disabled people, people with a personal […]

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Do we (still) need a facilitator?

Henry’s Mum writes…. As the conversation flowed at the Circle meeting last night, a surprising question popped into my head: do we (still) need a facilitator? At moments, it felt as if we, the Circle members, were doing it for ourselves, could we do this on our […]

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First Month as Community Circles Connector in Rochdale

Written by Cath Barton There’s a saying “Do something you love and never work a day in your life.”  My first month has captured all the things that make a perfect job for me; working in a supportive environment with can do folk, meeting people who are […]

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8 Strategies for Connecting Communities

Written by Max Neill There has been lots of discussion in the press and online recently about how people become lonely and socially isolated and about the devastating impact this has on them. In this blog I’d like to think about the various ways that people connect. […]

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Meeting Laura

Written by Lowri Bartrum; Circle Facilitator I was first introduced to Laura and her family over email. The email was an introduction and a brief outline of  the purpose of Laura’s circle – For Laura to make plans for the future and to take a lead on […]

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Community Circles Facilitator Training

Written by Corinne Delargy When Helen Smith invited me to a 3-day free training session at Salford University, my heart beat a little faster!  I had the opportunity to learn how to facilitate a circle. It was Day One of the Community Circles Facilitator Training. As I […]

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Not being there

If you’ve read previous blog posts from me about the circle, you’ve probably already got the idea that I’m a bit of a helicopter parent!  In fact, you could probably describe my helicopter as one of those huge, military types that you see on the news, blasting […]

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(Not) Being in Charge

Today, Henry’s mum talks about her fears of not being in control – something many parents can relate to When I first started thinking about Henry having a circle, there was something nagging away at the back of my mind, and, to be honest, it was the […]

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Should a Circle Facilitator be a paid role?

There is much discussion around this subject.  Some feel strongly that anyone facilitating a circle should be paid but others feel that this may mean some families missing out on this valuable resource, and don’t feel comfortable with the issue of payment. The pro’s and con’s of […]

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Circles – How do you get started?

In her first blog post last December, Henry’s mum wrote about Henry’s person-centred annual review.  Here, she tells us about the first time his Circle met together. Written by Henry’s mum So we’ve done it!  Our first ‘proper’  meeting. I can’t believe it! Not long ago, I […]

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What do you do when you suddenly find yourself making all the decisions?

Written by Circles Facilitator Michelle Livesley Amy is a young woman in her early 30s. I’ve known her dad, Kevin, for years because we used to work together but only met Amy in the last 12 months. I’d bumped into Kevin at a conference and he was […]

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What does 2014 hold for Community Circles?

Written by Helen Smith, Community Circles Well, New Year is always a time of reflection and I was thinking about how far we have come with Community Circles. At the beginning of 2013, I would never have imagined that we would now be in a place that […]

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Social Work students using one-page profiles

Social Work students using one-page profiles

Written by Ali Gardner Senior Lecturer – Social Work Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) Last time I blogged for Community Circles I talked about how we are introducing person-centred thinking tools with our Social Work students and exploring ways in which students can become part of Circles as Circle […]

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What is the secret of Circles of Support?

What is the secret of Circles of Support?

By Sandra Fietkau, Leonberg, Germany About five years ago I learned about the idea of gathering people around a person to help her solve problems or achieve a goal. What a great thing! I was stunned by the excellent stories of success of circles of support that […]

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In the heart of the community – or is it?

Written by Sarah Thomas, parent carer As a parent carer of a son who will need lifelong support, I find the future a scary place.  There are lots of good things about being Owen’s Mum, but it is difficult to shake the cloud that lingers on our […]

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A solid foundation for the future

Valerie Houghton,  Learning Disabilities Lecturer, Salford University  We run a well established joint course at Salford University that teaches students to work with people with learning disabilities. Our completing students leave the course with a degree, a learning disability nurse qualification and a social work qualification. Lots […]

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Going round in circles?

Written by Henry’s mum We’re in transition – that horrible halfway space between children’s and adults’ services, a no man’s land littered with the complex policies and procedures of health, education, and social care. My son, Henry* is 17; he is a much loved and loving young […]

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Economic pen-pictures of Circles

Written by Martin Routledge, TLAP and In Control   A couple of weeks ago I stood up at a Community Circles event in Stockport to talk to people about Circles of Support and their short and long term benefits  I strongly believe that Circles of Support are a way […]

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Stories from Circles so far

Written by Caroline Tomlinson Yesterday I blogged about Circles of Support, the role of facilitators, training and how there are more than 30 Circles set up and running in Wigan. Today I want to share with you some of the individual stories of those Circles; why they […]

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Andrew Webb’s letter of support

Corporate Director, Services to People, Andrew Webb recently sent this letter of support to Community Circles to open this week’s event. Stockport has a long history of working in partnership to encourage innovation to deliver effective services for people. I am pleased to offer my support to […]

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First impressions

Written by Rowan Hall, Communications Manager So I’m sat at a table with ten others and we’re given the task of planning a wedding. We don’t know each other – we have no idea what skills, gifts or talents the person to the left and right of […]

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Leaving home – with a little help from Jennie’s Circle

Leaving home – with a little help from Jennie’s Circle

One of the key roles of Jennie’s Circle has been supporting her (and me for that matter) in her transition to independent living. To help think and plan for her future. With Jennie gradually becoming more adult, we had to face the agonising decision about when she […]

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Thinking about the future – aiming higher

  Written by Suzie Franklin, Jennie’s mum Within the first couple of months of Jennie’s Circle, Helen Sanderson suggested that we did a Path. A Path is a style of person-centred planningthat focuses on someone’s future and how to get there. Initially the most important thing for […]

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Jennie’s Circle: releasing the worry

Written by Suzie Franklin, Jennie’s mum I like many parents of disabled children worried about what would happen to my daughter if I was not around. We set up a Circle of Support to make sure that there were enough people in Jennie’s life with the same […]

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The Law, The Lords and Circles of Support

Written by Max Neil, Community Circles Co Founder with comment from Peter Crane Today I’m sharing with you the thoughts of Peter Crane; an advocate of inclusion. He and his family have in the past made great personal sacrifices in the campaign for inclusive education for his […]

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Making connections, forming friendships and sharing resources

Written By Gillian Allan, Community Circles Facilitator in Edinburgh We run a ‘community circle’ in North Edinburgh which meets once a month and has been going for three years. The idea is that we gather together a diverse group of people to eat, talk about community and share […]

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Learning that you don’t have to cope alone

Written by Deb Aspland After years of being involved with parent carer forums and parent participation, I have made the decision to move on to a new challenge. This decision has been hugely daunting, as despite any frustrations I’ve had with my role in the past (as […]

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The Our Futures Model

  Caroline Tomlinson is one of the pioneers of Circles. You may have heard how her son Joe has a Circle of Support, and was the first person in the UK with a personal budget as part of the early In Control pilots. After learning how Circles […]

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Turning dreams into realities

Written by Circle Facilitator, Helen Smith I am so excited to be involved in Community Circles and the plans that we have for the coming months! It got me thinking about where my journey with Circles began, and I went back to 5 years ago when I […]

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Preparing social work students for the road ahead

Written by Ali Gardner, Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) It is always interesting to see the change in students over the three years that they are with us. Some students come to University ready to ‘change the world’ others are less focussed in their goal […]

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S’ Circle is the group that can change her world

Written by Cath Barton Driving home from my first of S’ Circle meetings, I felt a warm, fuzzy glow.  As a facilitator I had started the journey with lots of emotions; feeling privileged to be asked to be involved, excited about the possibilities, anxious about a new […]

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Why ‘Community Circles’?

Why ‘Community Circles’?

by Max Neill If you look at the people who have led change in the field of learning disabilities in Britain in the last 20 years, nearly all of them are either supported by a circle of support or are involved in somebody else’s circle. The leading […]

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