Circles Connected is a membership programme of monthly community events and opportunities, helping people over the age of 50 to connect around shared interests and creating the conditions for friendship and mutual support.  Our members help to shape the programme and we respond to what people are asking for and how we can contribute to our local community.

Circles Connected is a partnership between Wellbeing Teams and Community Circles

Our monthly programme includes;

  • Weekly Coffee Clubs – for people to meet up, plan their month of things they’d like to get involved with and share ideas for new events and opportunities
    • Cath with a Circle Family member

      Dave shared he was interested in walking football so we are helping to set a group up

  • Regular events and opportunities that reflect what people are interested in
    • Our regular events include knit and natter, a craft club and Happy Hands, our pamper club
  • Organised visits for example movie night or a theatre trip
  • Taster sessions – for people to try new hobbies, such as pebble painting, mosaic or floristry
  • Social action sessions – ways to contribute to our local community, such as litter picking or getting involved in fundraising or awareness projects
    • Our knitters have knitted blankets for Alder Hey Hospital and are just finishing their twiddle muffs for the local hospice
  • Short term projects such as supporting a local schools Eco Project

Insect boxes made by the Circle Family

This week Ashton Circle members joined St Oswald’s Primary School to help with their Eco Project and spent the afternoon together making insect boxes which provide a great space to invite friendly bugs into your garden.  We had spent a few weeks gathering items for our boxes and had a really lovely time in school building them and chatting with the children.  We are keen to continue supporting the Eco project and next time are planning to make bird feeders together.

Circles Connected is currently developing in Ashton-in-Makerfield, take a look at our Facebook pages to keep in touch: