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Care homes and schools, the magic relationship – what’s possible during COVID

January 1, 2021
As well as thinking creativity around what matters to individuals, at Community Circles we...

Community Circles – Brief Introductory Information

January 1, 2021
Lots of people are getting in touch to ask about Community Circles. There are...

A Former School Teacher’s Wish Brings Joy to Everyone At Westwood Lodge

March 3, 2020
Alice was a former school teacher who wanted to re-connect with her profession and,...
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Blossoming Intergenerational Connections

March 3, 2020
Sharon tells the heart-warming story of intergenerational sessions between primary school children and people...
Care homes

Hourigan House | It Feels Like Home To Me

March 3, 2020
When you no longer live in your original home what can make your new...
Care homes

Sharon’s Story | Generations Apart, Together

February 2, 2020
In this blog, Sharon spends time at an intergenerational session in a care setting,...
Care homes

Working Together – The Benefits of Care Home Hubs

October 10, 2019
Helen Keller famously said: “Alone we can do so little, together we can do...
Care homes, Learning

Flourishing Relationships

July 7, 2019
One of Community Connectors describes how Alice and Fiona have become part of one...

My own perfect day in a care home

May 5, 2019
Inspired by a blog by Sara Livadeas of her experience of spending three days...
Care homes, Learning

Embedding Community Circles in Support for Older People Living in Residential Care Homes or Extra Care | A practical resource

April 4, 2019
With support from Skills for Care we have pulled together our learning via various...

Community Circles, making a difference for people living with dementia

March 3, 2019
Arthur lives in a care home, the purpose of his Circle is to keep...

The Essence of a Circle

March 3, 2018
Essence – the basic, real and invariable nature of a thing or its significant...
Care homes, Older people

How can Community Circles contribute towards achieving outstanding?

February 2, 2018
In November 2017 Andrea Sutcliffe spoke at the Towards Outstanding conference in Wigan and...
Care homes

Celebrating 12 months of Community Circles at EachStep Blackburn

April 4, 2017
Throughout the course of our year-long project to develop Community Circles for people living...

May’s story

September 9, 2016
Getting singing again

The Ripples from a Community Circle

September 9, 2016
At EachStep, specialist dementia care home in Blackburn, we are developing a Community Circle...

From being present to contributing: Miriam and the community choir

March 3, 2015
Blog by Helen Sanderson I am part of Miriam’s Community Circle, and the purpose...

Helen’s long distance call

January 1, 2015
Helen lives in Bruce Lodge, a care home for people living with dementia. Her...

Looking back – Marge’s circle

December 12, 2014
Marge lives at Bruce Lodge, a residential care home for people living with dementia....

Jane’s Identity

December 12, 2014
A blog by Heather Cartledge Grayson Perry’s recent fascinating series ‘Who are you?’ explored...

What’s in a name?

November 11, 2014
Marge lives at Bruce Lodge which is a residential care home for people who...

A circle of 3 – how Miriam helped Helen to sing

October 10, 2014
Singing with Miriam   My family laugh at the gusto with which I sing...

A circle of 3 – Miriam’s story

October 10, 2014
Miriam Last week I met Miriam and Mandy for the second circle meeting at...

Singing, gliding and a glass of dry white

August 8, 2014
The idea of any kind of formal meeting makes Miriam anxious. Clearly we wanted...