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Befriending ain’t the ending

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

Ashton Circle -The allotment

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

Are you interested to find out more about Community Circles?

March 3, 2022
Are you interested to find out more about Community Circles? Community Circles create opportunities...
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Learning

The Difference A Circle Makes

March 3, 2022
Community Circles create opportunities for people to come together and help each other have...

Community Circles Go Global

March 3, 2022
We often describe a circle of support as a space of love and listening,...
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Community, Learning

Arthur’s story

January 1, 2022
Arthur is a lively and energetic gentleman in his 70s, who lives at the...
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Circles Stories

The Two Hour Club

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

How can I help you?

January 1, 2022
An older gentleman we know has lived in the same house for many years.  He...

Carers Circles

January 1, 2022
Over the last few years Community Circles have worked in both extra care and...
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Carers, Circles Stories

Small Spark to Bright Idea

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

Covid Buddies

July 7, 2021
The team at Community Circles has been working closely with teams in Suffolk during...
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Community, Older people

Ashton Circle: Connecting people through shared interests, locally and online

July 7, 2021
With COVID restrictions easing, and the excitement of face to face events becoming more...
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Community

Maintaining connections and contributions with creativity and exploring what’s possible…

January 1, 2021
Leanne, who has a learning disability, has a circle to support her finding things...

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...

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...

Encircled with love

January 1, 2021
At the beginning of 2014 my husband Dave was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment....

Sit up and take notice!

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

Karen’s Lockdown Story

November 11, 2020
Sight Advice has a number of wonderful volunteers. In this blog they focus on...
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Community, Older people

Doing More of What Matters…

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

Reflections on One Page Profiles

November 11, 2020
Following on from her last blog, exploring the power of one page profiles, Cath...
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Community, Learning

Laughter, Friendship and Cocktails

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

Making the Best of Lockdown

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

We Are All On This Journey Together

August 8, 2020
In New Zealand, our colleagues are exploring how best to fade out of the...

Circles Connected Our journey

June 6, 2020
COVID-19 has caused every organisation to think differently about the way they work. Our...
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Community, Learning

Homestay on the Other Side of the World

May 5, 2020
The Circles team in New Zealand reflect on their time during the Coronavirus pandemic...

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...
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Community, Wellbeing

My Garden of Wonder and Light

April 4, 2020
Judy wanted to see the gardens come to life at the setting and for...
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Extra care

A Cake Story

April 4, 2020
Jenny's health condition affected her eyesight and mobility so she struggled to see ingredients...

The Chicken and the Egg

April 4, 2020
A story which shows the power of using animals to create connection for others....

How do we measure happiness?

March 3, 2020
Sharon captures a moment of happiness shared by all of the residents of Wickham...
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Extra care

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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Care homes

Blossoming Intergenerational Connections

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

Eliot Gardens & St Judes Primary | In Perfect Harmony

March 3, 2020
A couple of weeks ago Sharon from Community Circles reached out to St Judes...
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Extra care

Sharon’s Story | Generations Apart, Together

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

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...
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Community, Wellbeing

All Hands On Deck

February 2, 2020
Sight Advice South Lakes is a charity which supports people with sight issues. They...
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Community, Older people

Dancing The Night Away | Eric’s Story

October 10, 2019
Eric was in his 90s and had recently experienced some health issues and given...

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...
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Care homes, Learning

Sharon’s Story | A Leap of Faith

October 10, 2019
For some of us how difficult it is to take a leap of faith,...
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Extra care

Sharon’s Story | Hey, Day Dream Believer

August 8, 2019
How do you know what something will look like if you haven’t experienced or...
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Extra care

Cycling With Sight Loss

August 8, 2019
We are currently working with Sight Advice South Lakes, an amazing charity which is...
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Older people

Circles in New Zealand | Virginia’s Story

July 7, 2019
It is exciting to see the impact that Circles are now having worldwide! In...

Flourishing Relationships

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

From Sheds to Scones | Circles in Extra Care

July 7, 2019
Sharon is leads on developing Circles in extra care in Wigan. Working across three...
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Extra care

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...
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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...

Community Circles in Extra Care Settings

April 4, 2018
Community Circles are working with Wigan Council to support care homes and Extracare settings across...
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Extra care

The Essence of a Circle

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

Georgia’s Community Circle

July 7, 2017
Community Circles have been working with Brandon Trust, the learning disability charity, to set...

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...

Keeping dreams alive through Community Circles

January 1, 2017
  Aspiration A hope or ambition of achieving something   Is there an age...

Yvonne’s story

September 9, 2016
Broadening my horizons

May’s story

September 9, 2016
Getting singing again

Mary’s story

September 9, 2016
Reconnecting with my faith

Lynda’s story

September 9, 2016
Living well with dementia

The Ripples from a Community Circle

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

5 ways Community Circles help local authorities comply with the Care Act

August 8, 2016
The Care Act has been in place for a while now, but we know...
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Community, Learning

Henry’s story

July 7, 2016
Transitioning to adulthood

Doreen’s story

July 7, 2016
Coping with cancer

Dennis’s story

July 7, 2016
Sharing my passion

The Jedi Council

April 4, 2016
We met today after a bit of a gap, ill health, busy schedules and...

How having a Community Circle can complement paid support from Healthcare professionals

February 2, 2016
I had a fascinating conversation with a new Community Circles facilitator recently. Anita had...

How do we develop Community Circles for people who have nobody in their lives?

February 2, 2016
There is much in the news of the effects of isolation.  Research shows that...
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Community, Learning

Feeling isolated? How Community Circles can help

January 1, 2016
I recently read an article about how people with a learning disability can feel...

Relationships and living with dementia

January 1, 2016
I watched a video shared on facebook the other day, a plea from a...

Tea and cake with friends

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

Developing dementia friendly communities starting from the person

October 10, 2015
Part of my role as Community Circles Connector in Rochdale is working with people...

“Come Dine With Me” Creating ripples through a Community Circle

September 9, 2015
The purpose of Dawn’s circle is to support her to find things to do...

9 reasons why I am excited about the potential of Community Circles to make a difference

September 9, 2015
Many people with dementia are lonely, bored and have little in their lives that...

Giving, connecting, appreciating

September 9, 2015
For the past twelve months I’ve shared Mary’s story and how her Community Circle...

Developing relationships through a Community Circle

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

The role of support staff in a Community Circle

July 7, 2015
Mary’s Community Circle began nearly 12 months ago and is has been a delight...

The role of support staff in a Community Circle

July 7, 2015
Mary’s Community Circle began nearly 12 months ago and is has been a delight...

Judith Snow – A Pioneer Woman

June 6, 2015
In memory of Judith Snow 29.10.1949 – 31.05.2015 Previously, we have blogged about the...
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Community

Community Circles and difficult conversations

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

A personal reflection…

May 5, 2015
My Mum passed away a couple of weeks ago aged 82; she was beautiful,...
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Carers, Older people

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...

What assumptions are staff and managers making about Community Circles?

March 3, 2015
Blog by Cath Barton – Community Circles Connector As we continue to introduce Community...

A different kind of 5 a day

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

A sense of belonging…

February 2, 2015
Lynda’s circle meeting, January 2015 It was lovely to get together at Lynda’s circle...

Helen’s long distance call

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

My top 10 learning points of working with Churches – so far….

January 1, 2015
Written by Helen Smith, Community Circles Coordinator It’s a new year again, and I...
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Community

Looking back – Marge’s circle

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

Always look on the bright side of life – A circle journey

December 12, 2014
A blog by Ruth Gorman I wanted to write about the work that Community...

Continuing to learn with Mary

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

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...

‘My first facilitation of a circle’

October 10, 2014
My first circle of support with Winnie As I approached the series of flats...
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Home care, Older people

A circle of 3 – Miriam’s story

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

In between Circles

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

Ever Increasing Circles – A (brief) history of circles in the US and UK

September 9, 2014
In Canada, in the mid 1970’s, a young and brilliant graduate York University lecturer...
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Community

What church means to Mary…

September 9, 2014
I had the pleasure of going to church with Mary today. It was lovely...

Mary’s Circle, the ‘Cream Cake Get Together’

September 9, 2014
How are we building on actions… Today’s Circle get together with Mary starting off...

12 reasons why I love my job…

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

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...

“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...

Mary’s circle, or I should say “the cream cake get together”

July 7, 2014
Cath writes….. The Cream Cake Get Together Mary takes a great pride in her...

Lynda’s Circle – Starting the Journey

July 7, 2014
Today, Cath shares with us the story of Lynda’s first Circle.  It is an...

Circles of Support? Community Circles? What’s the difference?

July 7, 2014
Here at Community Circles, we are exploring how Circles of Support can be delivered...
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Community, Learning

Canadian models of Circles and supportive social networks

July 7, 2014
Over the next few weeks, we want to share with you how Circles are...
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Carers, Community

Who could provide Facilitation and Support for Circles?

June 6, 2014
The following is an excerpt from Circles of Support and Personalisation (Helen Sanderson and...
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Community

What is the contribution of Circles of Support to delivering personalisation?

June 6, 2014
The ‘circle of support’ is a model that has enormous potential to enhance the...
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Community

How can you engage with Community Circles?

June 6, 2014
Community Circles is exploring how to create Circles at scale, using person-centred practices, so...
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Community

Do we (still) need a facilitator?

June 6, 2014
Henry’s Mum writes…. As the conversation flowed at the Circle meeting last night, a...

8 Strategies for Connecting Communities

May 5, 2014
Written by Max Neill There has been lots of discussion in the press and...
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Community

Meeting Laura

May 5, 2014
Written by Lowri Bartrum; Circle Facilitator I was first introduced to Laura and her...

Not being there

April 4, 2014
If you’ve read previous blog posts from me about the circle, you’ve probably already...

(Not) Being in Charge

March 3, 2014
Today, Henry’s mum talks about her fears of not being in control – something...

Should a Circle Facilitator be a paid role?

February 2, 2014
There is much discussion around this subject.  Some feel strongly that anyone facilitating a...
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Community

Circles – How do you get started?

February 2, 2014
In her first blog post last December, Henry’s mum wrote about Henry’s person-centred annual...

What do you do when you suddenly find yourself making all the decisions?

January 1, 2014
Written by Circles Facilitator Michelle Livesley Amy is a young woman in her early...

Social Work students using one-page profiles

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

What is the secret of Circles of Support?

January 1, 2014
By Sandra Fietkau, Leonberg, Germany About five years ago I learned about the idea...
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Community

In the heart of the community – or is it?

January 1, 2014
Written by Sarah Thomas, parent carer As a parent carer of a son who...

A solid foundation for the future

December 12, 2013
Valerie Houghton,  Learning Disabilities Lecturer, Salford University  We run a well established joint course...

Going round in circles?

December 12, 2013
Written by Henry’s mum We’re in transition – that horrible halfway space between children’s...

Economic pen-pictures of Circles

December 12, 2013
Written by Martin Routledge, TLAP and In Control   A couple of weeks ago I stood...
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Community

Stories from Circles so far

November 11, 2013
Written by Caroline Tomlinson Yesterday I blogged about Circles of Support, the role of...

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...

The Law, The Lords and Circles of Support

November 11, 2013
Written by Max Neil, Community Circles Co Founder with comment from Peter Crane Today...

Making connections, forming friendships and sharing resources, learning about ‘circles’

November 11, 2013
Written By Gillian Allan, Community Circles Facilitator in Edinburgh We run a ‘community circle’...
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Community

Turning dreams into realities

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

Preparing social work students for the road ahead

October 10, 2013
Written by Ali Gardner, Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) It is always...
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Community

Sarah’s Circle is the group that can change her world

October 10, 2013
Written by Cath Barton Driving home from my first of Sarah’s Circle meetings, I...

Why ‘Community Circles’?

September 9, 2013
by Max Neill If you look at the people who have led change in...
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Community