Our Blog

Befriending ain’t the ending

April 4, 2022
My friend posted this on Twitter… “Befriending scheme befrienders have to keep a log...
Categories:
Community, Wellbeing

Ashton Circle -The allotment

April 4, 2022
After being cooped up in my house for almost 2 years during the pandemic...
Categories:
Community, Wellbeing

The Two Hour Club

January 1, 2022
I love nattering and the wide variety of conversations you can have with people; from...

Small Spark to Bright Idea

January 1, 2022
It’s amazing what you can discover in your own home when you’re stuck there...
Categories:
Community, Wellbeing

Social Care Future Event

July 7, 2021
Cath describes her experience and learning from hosting a workshop at the Social Care...

Creating opportunities for friendships to flourish…social pedagogy in practice

July 7, 2021
We walk alongside people, not leaping to ‘fix’ them but exploring what matters to...

Thinking About Outcomes…

January 1, 2021
Cath reflects on how, in our desire to be helpful, we can leap to...

Community Circles – Brief Introductory Information

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

Sit up and take notice!

November 11, 2020
I wonder how often we stop and take notice – to clear our heads...

Doing More of What Matters…

November 11, 2020
In the last blog from Age UK Doncaster, we heard about Richard and his...
Categories:
Older people, Wellbeing

Laughter, Friendship and Cocktails

August 8, 2020
Becky, our Community Connector for Ashton, describes the challenges the team have faced in...
Categories:
Community, Wellbeing

Making the Best of Lockdown

August 8, 2020
Circles at Age UK Doncaster faced similar concerns to others across health and care...
Categories:
Older people, Wellbeing

One Page Profiles for End of Life

August 8, 2020
One page profiles are a snapshot of a person; rich, detailed information about what...

Portable Magic

August 8, 2020
Sharon reflects on the power of the written word to transport us somewhere magical,...
Categories:
Community, Wellbeing

Volunteers Making an Enormous Difference

April 4, 2020
We have never underestimated the difference our volunteers make to people’s lives but now,...

Knitting with Purpose and Good Company

April 4, 2020
The 'Knit & Natter' group started off with a few ladies having a chat...
Categories:
Community, Wellbeing

Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader

February 2, 2020
Imogen originally contacted the Community Circles Project hosted by Age UK in Doncaster looking...

A Spotlight on Circles Connected

February 2, 2020
Circle Family is a membership programme of monthly community events and opportunities, helping people...
Categories:
Community, Wellbeing

Tea and cake with friends

December 12, 2015
Margaret was very nervous about having a circle. What did it involve? Who should...
Categories:
Older people, Wellbeing

Developing relationships through a Community Circle

August 8, 2015
Yvonne is warm and welcoming, loves to chat and is really good company.  Yvonne...

Community Circles and difficult conversations

June 6, 2015
Blog by Helen Sanderson Joanne was a work colleague of mine. We shared an...
Categories:
Community, Wellbeing

A different kind of 5 a day

February 2, 2015
Blog by Michelle Livesley This week I found myself having a conversation with someone...
Categories:
Learning, Wellbeing

Continuing to learn with Mary

December 12, 2014
Blog by Cath Barton Mary’s circle is exploring ways that she can reconnect with...

In between Circles

October 10, 2014
So far, I’ve talked quite a lot about what happens in Circle meetings.  Life,...

12 reasons why I love my job…

September 9, 2014
Cath Barton writes about why she loves her job as a Community Circles Connector...
Categories:
Community, Wellbeing

“It’s made room for action…” Lynda’s person centred review

August 8, 2014
Within Community Circles, the second meeting always takes the form of a particular person...

Social Work students using one-page profiles

January 1, 2014
Written by Ali Gardner Senior Lecturer – Social Work Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) Last time...

First impressions

November 11, 2013
Written by Rowan Hall, Communications Manager So I’m sat at a table with ten...

Leaving home – with a little help from Jennie’s Circle

November 11, 2013
One of the key roles of Jennie’s Circle has been supporting her (and me...

Thinking about the future – aiming higher

November 11, 2013
Written by Suzie Franklin, Jennie’s mum Within the first couple of months of Jennie’s...

Jennie’s Circle: releasing the worry

November 11, 2013
Written by Suzie Franklin, Jennie’s mum I like many parents of disabled children worried...

Turning dreams into realities

October 10, 2013
Written by Circle Facilitator, Helen Smith I am so excited to be involved in...