For the last two years we have been working with Wigan Council and the providers of residential care and extra care support in the Borough to explore how Circles can help increase person and community centred support.

The challenge we took on was to work in partnership to take our early learning about how Circles could work and help in these kinds of support and embed them across Wigan. We are now at the end of year two – working currently with 19 care homes and 3 extra care services, both directly with individual services and via geographical hubs.

With support from Skills for Care we have pulled together our learning via various forms of data, stories, reviews and a interviews with many of those involved. We have shaped this into a practical resource for others interested to help care homes and extra care become more person and community centred. This is not the end of our learning of course but we wanted to share it given the interest from many people and places. The resource is an interactive PDF which describes the why, what and how of the work to date, shares results and learning to date. Linking off from the main paper are many more detailed materials – tools, handbooks,
examples, stories. The resource is free to use.

If you want to explore further with us do get in touch at There is lots of free material available on the rest of our website. We also have a low cost membership for people who want a bit more help. To find out more click here.

You can get the resource here.