Archive for the Dementia Category

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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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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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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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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Community Circles featured in ‘Innovations In Dementia’

Community Circles have been featured in an e-book that showcases a range of innovative approaches to care and support for people living with dementia. This is a new resource developed by In Control in collaboration with Helen Sanderson Associates and sponsored by Alternative Futures Group. The e-book aims to help […]

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