Laughter, Friendship and Cocktails

Becky, our Community Connector for Ashton, describes the challenges the team have faced in lockdown and the amazing opportunities that have been opened up by taking Circles online, through ‘Circles Connected’.

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Megan’s Story

Megan, a Community Circles Connector, reflects on how life has changed for her during lockdown and how we can continue to offer each other something, no matter how small, even when we are apart.

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Making the Best of Lockdown

Circles at Age UK Doncaster faced similar concerns to others across health and care when COVID-19 swept across the country. They have been overwhelmed by the creativity and resourcefulness of their members, who have kept themselves incredibly busy writing, painting and making music!

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We’ll Meet Again

The lockdown caused by COVID-19 has meant different ways of working across all of health and social care. At Circles, we’ve been working with our colleagues at Nesta and In Control to tackle the challenges of continuing to keep our communities connected.

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One Page Profiles for End of Life

One page profiles are a snapshot of a person; rich, detailed information about what matters to a person and what good support looks like. Cath explores how they are used in end of life care, shares her own profile and encourages others to think about their potential benefits.

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Portable Magic

Sharon reflects on the power of the written word to transport us somewhere magical, supporting people in Reading Groups to think differently. Shared reading sessions prompt responses to text that appears one way to an individual and very differently to another. She found that conversations can and do flow freely when the words spark a thought, a feeling, emotion or memory.

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Climbing Blind; A Story of Inspiration

The inspirational story of Jesse Dufton, a successful rock-climber living with sight loss, has prompted other members of Sight Advice South Lakes to get take up new challenges.

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Circles Connected Our journey

COVID-19 has caused every organisation to think differently about the way they work. Our work so often involves face to face engagement, so at the beginning it was difficult to see how we could continue as effectively. But our initial worried conversations led to new ideas, thinking about different ways of working and a big learning curve for all of us…

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Homestay on the Other Side of the World

The Circles team in New Zealand reflect on their time during the Coronavirus pandemic when they have been required to stay at home. If anything, they’ve seen an increase in their work during ‘homestay’.

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