Developing Community Circles with a Care Home

As a Blackburn lass I’m delighted that Community Circles are being developed in my home town and that I’ll have a role in this.  Community Integrated Care a forging a pioneering partnership with Helen Sanderson Associates in the new specialist dementia care service, EachStep Blackburn.

EachStep Blackburn is a cutting-edge £5 million dementia care home that is opening in May. The 64 bed specialist service will provide a range of dementia care and support, including respite, residential, nursing and end-of-life care. It has been planned in partnership with Community Integrated Care and Blackburn with Darwen Council, with the aim of modernising local care provision, reducing demand on NHS services and improving quality of life.

New Picture (32)Person centred approaches and Community Circles will be at the core of our support and embedded in the way we work.  Through the support of a Community Circle people living with dementia will be able to maintain and develop connections with their community and have in their life the things that are important to them.

You can read the full press release here

Community Circles are keen to build on the learning and experience of working with Bruce Lodge to develop circles of support; May’s story shows us what can be achieved through a circle and how May has developed friendships and now has a valued role as a member of her local choir.

Part of my role as Community Circles Connector is to find facilitators and match them to someone wanting a circle; someone who is a people person, keen to make a contribution to their local community and can support conversations that lead to action.  We already have our very first facilitator for EachStep and are looking for people who are able to contribute a couple of hours a month to support the circle.

One of the things we are keen to explore is how we can develop a reciprocal relationship with businesses and Community Circles as part of their corporate social responsibility.

Corporate social responsibility is the way businesses support their local community and make a contribution.  We believe we have a unique offer to businesses, supporting you to develop you csr strategy, making a meaningful contribution to your local community, developing the skills of staff and their well being.

There are six reasons for local businesses to work with Community Circles;

Developing the skills of your employees – the training and support we give to facilitators supports them to develop skills that are just as valuable to business as they are to communities; leadership, problem solving, great communication, creative teamworking and facilitation

Make an impact in your community – in each of the areas we work there is a dedicated Community Circles Connector who can support you to make a difference locally, we’re all about relationships and connections

Great support at every step – from training to ongoing support, we can be flexible to support you in a way that matches your business needs

We always put people first – Community Circles are based on the principles of person centred thinking which means we work hard to understand what matters to the people we support.  We work with people to identify their individual strengths and areas to develop, supporting them to achieve their full potential

Lots of ways to get involved – we can develop a programme that works for you and your business

Spreading the word – we love to celebrate what we do and shout about it!  Sharing inspirational stories about Community Circles we spread the word for our charity and your business

Keen to know more?  Contact Cath, Community Circles Connector


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