Circles of Support

What is it?

A Circle of Support is a group of people who have a specific and focused purpose of supporting an individual.

Circles of Support (sometimes called a Circle of Friends) vary greatly;

  • They can be big or small,
  • Consist of just friends and family or may also include professionals or people who have shared skills and interests,
  • A group of people that get together in person or chat on an online group,
  • Meet on a regularly basis or just every so often, enjoy formal meetings or prefer a get together in a local social space.

What is important is that the people that make up the Circle of Support get together because they have a genuine interest in the person who is the focus of the Circle of Support.

What would a Circle of Support mean for you?

You would have access to a group of people who have clearly stated that they wish to support you in whichever way they can.  The support you need will be very specific to you and your circumstances.

We have found that in the past Circles of Support have helped people to

  • Find ways to meet new people and make friends,
  • Find ways to be able to meet up with friends and have more social time,
  • Prepare for and organise trips and holidays

In many ways a Circle of Support can help to achieve greater independence and control.

Getting your Circle Started 

Firstly think about the people in your life and who you would like to have on your Circle of Support, think about the people who have been there for you in the past, the people who have offered you help, the people who have  practical skills or knowledge to assist you, people who are well connected within your community and the people you enjoy spending time with.

Once you have thought about who you would like on your Circle and why you would like them to be involved begin to think about how you would like to invite them.

And I am sure you will be able to think of some creative and fun ways to invite people, something that would be unique to you and would represent your personality.

You may also want to give your Circle of Support a unique name or title, like ‘Doing Things My Way’.  One circle we help to facilitate is called ‘Full Steam Ahead’ for a gentleman who loves and is very knowledgeable steam engines.

How we can help?

We offer a range of input to help you get started with developing your Circle of Support;

We will talk you about your ideas for your Circles of Support and how you would like yours to be set up.

We will help you facilitate your Circle meetings.

Some people like to aim towards running their own Circle meetings and therefore we can offer to help until you feel confident to take the lead, knowing we are always on hand to give a bit of advice or to help when needed.

We have helped to set up and run a number of Circles of Support that have made a huge difference in peoples lives and we strongly believe in the difference that can be made when you bring together a group of people who are dedicated to listening to a person, engaging in conversations about what would make a difference and are able and prepared to take some action to help make things happen.

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