Circles of Support and Saturday Circles

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Circles of Support are perhaps the work that Circles Network is most renowned for. We work across the country to establish Circles of Support with vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people to help them progress to more inclusive and fuller lives. We are happy to support children and young people in their own home, community or in school. 

What is a Circle of Support?

A Circle of Support, sometimes called a circle of friends, is a group of people who meet together on a regular basis to help somebody accomplish their personal goals in life. The Circle acts as a community around that person (the 'focus person') who, for one reason or another, is unable to achieve what they want in life on their own and decides to ask others for help. The focus person is in charge, both in deciding who to invite to be in the Circle, and also in the direction that the Circle's energy is employed, although a facilitator is normally chosen from within the Circle to take care of the work required to keep it running.

The members of the Circle, who may include family, friends and other community members, are not paid to be there. They are involved because they care enough about the focus person to give their time and energy to helping that person to overcome obstacles and increase the options which are open to them. 

 

Academy for Inspiring Inclusion

The Academy runs introductory and advanced programmes to help you develop Circles of Support in your own work, for more information seen our Academy website www.academyforinspiringinclusion.org.uk.

 

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