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Circles Network can help you with planning, advice and administration to make the best use of your Direct Payments or private funds.

Our facilitators offer a free, no obligation meeting, in person or over the telephone or Skype to discuss your needs.  During the meeting our experienced facilitator will work with you to identify the support which will be most beneficial and cost effective for you.  After the meeting a package of support will be designed for you, including a detailed plan of what we can offer and how much this will cost. 
Your individualised plan will ensure that you are only paying for what you really need.

The support we can provide includes:

  • Support with all aspects of administration and finance
  • Support to draw up job adverts and person specifications and job descriptions
  • Support with interviews, recruiting staff and employment advice
  • Person centred support planning
  • Research into services and purchasing support (brokerage)
  • Support with record keeping
  • Developing a personal Circle of Support
  • Transition planning.

We understand that it is important that you are able to trust and feel comfortable with your facilitator. 
Your facilitator will have an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check and a proven track record of working with people from variety of backgrounds.  Our facilitators will arrange to meet you in a place which best suits your needs and where you feel most at ease, this could be at your home, a local library or somewhere else within your local community.

Circles Network’ facilitators are skilled in working in a variety of creative ways to support you. We often use graphic facilitation, a way of drawing what you say to make sure that it is presented in a way which everyone understands. 

We can also work with your family or friends if you would like their help too.  We will listen to you to ensure that we understand how you prefer to communicate with us and other people.

Alongside individualised support which we will offer through this service we will encourage you to come to our peer support groups or to meet up with other people who are accessing direct payments to share experiences and advice.  

And so who are Circles Network?

Circles Network is a registered charity, working throughout the UK for over nineteen years.  With vast experience of working with people of any age who are isolated or at risk of isolation, Circles Network has developed extensive and ground breaking expertise in the development of Circles of Support, Advocacy, Person Centred Planning and Life Building, Support Planning, Peer Mentorship and Befriending, Transition Planning, Family Empowerment and Parenting Skills, Care, Support and Companionship Services and Self-Directed Support, Community Outreach, Time Banking and Equine Facilitated Learning.

For more information or to talk to one our experienced facilitators, please call our head office on 01788 816671 or email

We are privileged to have been chosen as one of the Recognised Providers for Direct Payments Support Services for people in Gloucestershire.


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