Archive for the Community Circles Category

Call for volunteers to improve health in Doncaster

Volunteering Three months into my new role as community circles connector working with GP surgeries in Doncaster and I’ve now met with five lovely people who are living with long term health conditions.  I feel very privileged that they have given me a glimpse into their lives […]

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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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Why I volunteer with Community Circles

As a paid Connector, I have a delightful job developing circles, currently working in Wigan to develop circles across care homes.  For the last 12 months I’ve been based at a care home in Blackburn, seeing what was possible with circles and care homes, through which we’ve […]

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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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Moving on from 20th Century models: advice for the social care Green Paper team from the Six Innovations group

Moving on from 20th Century models: advice for the social care Green Paper team from the Six Innovations group

A Green Paper on social care was announced a few months ago. The current government has said that it will “…address system wide issues to improve the quality of care.” We very much hope that whatever the result of the election, a review of social care will […]

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What’s next for Community Circles?

Since 2012, we’ve been exploring how to create Circles at scale, so we can make them available to as many people as possible. We’ve considered and started to explore lots of different routes to doing this – including partnering with care homes and home care services, with […]

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Calling care homes across Wigan!

As part of our new partnership with Wigan MBC, we’re looking for care homes in the Wigan area who would like to develop Community Circle in their home to help in delivering personalised care. We’re coming to Wigan Are you a care home manager or owner in Wigan […]

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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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New innovations in Wigan

At Community Circles we are delighted to have secured funding from Wigan Council’s Care Home Innovation Fund to work with care homes to develop Community Circles in the Borough. This is our first funding to come from a local authority and an exciting development which we will […]

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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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Recruiting 3 new Connectors in partnership with AgeUK Doncaster

  We are delighted to share that in partnership with Age UK Doncaster we have recruited three Community Circles Connectors.  We’re really excited to be growing our team and our partnerships and are looking forward to be developing more Community Circles with older people in Doncaster. Through […]

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Caring Hands Wellbeing Team

Helen Smith – Community Circles Connector One of our latest Community Circles partnerships is with a homecare provider; Caring Hands. Caring Hands see a different way of providing home care and wanted to work with Community Circles and Helen Sanderson Associates to achieve this. The starting point […]

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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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Why I’m so excited to be joining Community Circles

We are delighted to announce that Martin Routledge is joining Community Circles as Head of Development. Until this summer, Martin was the interim Head of Person Centred Care at NHS England. Prior to this he was Director of the Coalition for Collaborative Care, which launched in November 2014 […]

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Contributions and more

Contributions and more

Alternative Futures Group are the first provider to invest in a full time Community Circles Connector in Rochdale. It’s fantastic for Community Circles to have a dedicated post where we can develop circles of support at scale and share learning.  We know that people are asking for […]

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Drive – purpose and motivation in volunteering

Drive – purpose and motivation in volunteering

As a Volunteering Manager and Community Circles Connector, I spend a fair bit of time thinking and planning how to motivate people to volunteer to do socially useful things. But what does a ‘good’ volunteer role look like? Putting aside the question of micro– and short-term-volunteering, how […]

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Keeping managers connected to people’s lives

Keeping managers connected to people’s lives

One of the leaders I admire is Richard Williams, CEO of Options for Supported Living. Almost a decade ago we collaborated on a paper that brought together what we had been learning about person-centred leadership. Richard talks about the importance of managers staying connected to someone who […]

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Judith Snow – A Pioneer Woman

In memory of Judith Snow 29.10.1949 – 31.05.2015 Previously, we have blogged about the history of Community Circles and how it all started with Judith Snow. In light of the sad news of her recent death, we thought we would look back at some of Judith’s life […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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