Archive for the Circle User’s Stories Category

How Community Circles help people to stay connected

I saw this graphic on Twitter, the bleak statistics from Campaign to End Loneliness about loneliness in the UK and the effects it has on our physical and mental health. Nobody wants to be lonely and I don’t think knowing there are lonely people in our local […]

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Caring for Carers

    12th-18th June 2017 is Carers Week.  Carers Week is a national awareness week that celebrates and recognises the vital contribution made by people across the UK who currently provide unpaid care. Caring is defined as ‘anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member […]

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Circles and living well with dementia

I’ve been involved with Community Circles since 2012, from our first conversation with a group of inspiring, passionate people, keen to make circles available for anyone through to having Connectors in post from Torbay to Dumfries (and internationally too, with our colleagues developing circles in Canada and […]

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Celebrating 12 months of Community Circles at EachStep Blackburn

Throughout the course of our year-long project to develop Community Circles for people living with dementia at EachStep Blackburn, we have had many successes from individual outcomes through to developing local dementia-friendly communities. We’re now coming to the end of the project, and it’s really rewarding to […]

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Keeping dreams alive through Community Circles

  Aspiration A hope or ambition of achieving something   Is there an age when our dreams diminish or disappear?  Or do we get to a time in our lives when we stop dreaming because that time has passed?  Do we get new dreams as we get […]

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Loneliness…how Community Circles is supporting people to stay connected

There’s a quote I hear around Christmas time; “It’s not what’s under the tree that matters, it’s who’s around it” As well as the quotes and Facebook posts about the importance of being with family and friends and the celebrations of spending time with loved ones, there […]

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Community Circles at EachStep Blackburn, making a difference for people living with dementia

At EachStep Blackburn, Community Integrated Care’s new specialist dementia care home, supporting people to live well with dementia is at the core of what we do. We are very proud to be the winners of the National Dementia Care Awards for the Best Dementia Care Home http://www.c-i-c.co.uk/dementia-care-awards-success-community-integrated-care […]

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Making a difference with Community Circles at EachStep Blackburn

      I’m based at EachStep Blackburn, Community Integrated Care’s specialist dementia care home.  My role is to develop a Community Circle for each person that lives here, enabling them to stay connected to family, friends and community, keep doing the things they have always done […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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