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Dancing The Night Away | Eric’s Story

Eric was in his 90s and had recently experienced some health issues and given up driving. The combination of these events, had left him feeling isolated and lacking in confidence, even though he remained remarkably independent. With a little help from Age UK’s Circles project in Doncaster, Eric’s social life is now flourishing!

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Circles in Doncaster Speak For Themselves

An independent evaluation of Age UK Doncaster’s Circles Project has shown that the project is having a positive impact on reducing social isolation and loneliness in older people (aged 50+) by increasing social engagement, independence and resilience. The most significant change we are seeing is in improved mental wellbeing. The people supported by Circles are also increasing their social connections through the project. 

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Working Together – The Benefits of Care Home Hubs

Helen Keller famously said: “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”. It’s this philosophy that underpins the creation of care home hubs in Wigan – where care homes close to one another come together to realise the greatest possible potential of Circles.

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Cycling With Sight Loss

We are currently working with Sight Advice South Lakes, an amazing charity which is developing the Circles model to support people with visual impairment. They are currently helping a 100-year-old lady whose goal it is to ride a bike once more!

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Circles in New Zealand | Virginia’s Story

It is exciting to see the impact that Circles are now having worldwide! In New Zealand, an organisation called 'Options' has begun using the approach, seeing great results. Carol Sebborn is developing the approach and sat down with, Virginia, who has benefitted from...

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Flourishing Relationships

One of Community Connectors describes how Alice and Fiona have become part of one another’s lives through Community Circles and their shared love of the outdoors.

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The Volunteer Matchmaker

Michelle works to develop Circles with older people living in the community in Doncaster. Part of her role involves matching volunteers with opportunities to get involved. In her most recent blog she talks about the challenges of matching volunteers and how to alleviate the frustration they may feel when waiting for a match.

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