Archive for the Circles 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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Hello from Sharon – new Community Circles Connector in Doncaster

When I was a child (many moons ago I have to say!!) my grandad lived with us towards the end of his life.  Grandad had dementia and on occasions he would wander off around the village where I lived, sometimes going into other people’s houses, sitting himself […]

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Introducing the new and improved Well Being Team for Care Solutions in Dumfries, Southern Scotland

Joining Aimee (red jacket) are Karen, Amber and Susan who joined Vicki our Wellbeing Team Leader and myself, Ali Community Circle Connector for our first Well Being Team Meeting. We will be welcoming another member Tracy shortly. Aimee was new to the care profession when she applied […]

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Every day’s a school day

We have been rolling out Circles at Age UK Doncaster for almost six months now, but what are we learning about people in Doncaster? Firstly, that they recognise loneliness and social isolation as important issues.  Some people have heard about it through campaigns such as The Campaign […]

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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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Volunteer with us in Wigan

A Community Circle is a way to support someone through bringing together friends, family and neighbours with a facilitator, supporting conversations that lead to action and help people to live better, happier lives. We’re looking for volunteers to get involved with Community Circles to support older people […]

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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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Innovations with Wellbeing Teams in Dumfries

Have you found yourself thinking that the stairs are getting steeper, the TV is blurrier or regularly having to stretch because your legs are stiff? Welcome to maturity! I read a funny story recently:  Margaret recognised someone they went to school with, and was struck how old […]

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Community Circles and innovative models of care in Dumfries

For those of you who have never been to Dumfries in South West Scotland, it is a beautiful rural university town with rolling lush hills, a stunning coastline, a rich heritage and a vibrant food and music scene. I moved to Dumfries over 20 years ago on […]

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Discovering A Different Way Of Working In The Role Of Community Circles Connector

Six months ago my partner and I moved to Torquay in Devon.  One of the driving forces behind our move was a strong desire to feel part of a local community where we could live and work according to our own values. We also felt a real […]

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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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‘No man is an Island’

‘No man is an Island’. Most people in the English speaking world are familiar with this famous quotation from the writings of John Donne. These five words written in the 16th century highlight the connectedness of people. They encapsulate the idea that no one is self-sufficient; that […]

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Christmas Connections

Community Circles is all about people; who we know in our local community, what gifts and assets people and communities have and developing reciprocal relationships.  For the people we support at EachStep Blackburn who live with dementia, keeping connected to their local community is really important.  Our […]

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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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The Ripples from a Community Circle

The Ripples from a Community Circle

At EachStep, specialist dementia care home in Blackburn, we are developing a Community Circle with each person we support. When people have lived here for about 8 weeks, we have a settling in meeting to reflect on what’s working well and what’s not working from everyone’s perspective.  […]

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Volunteer Buddies and Community Circles facilitators: how are the two roles different?

How can people with a learning disability be supported to build meaningful connections with others in their community, in order to reduce their isolation and build their confidence, independence, skills, activity levels and social networks? This is a question I’ve been asking myself and a challenge I’ve […]

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Community Circles for older people leaving hospital

Britain’s population of older people is increasing. Since 2008, the number of people aged over 85 has increased by nearly a fifth and, according to current estimates, the population of 65-84 year olds is likely to be 40% larger by the 2030s. This has invariably led to […]

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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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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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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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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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