Life Story: Matt's Circle of Support

Matt's Circle of Support

Matt’s Circle of Support started with the help of Circles Network five years ago.

Nadine Jay, his facilitator, was ceremoniously ‘dumped’ at a beer festival some four years a go when Matt and the Circle decided they were strong enough and committed enough to go it alone! Matt requires 24 hour support to assist with personal and communication requirements. His Circle supported him to move in to his own house, to recruit his own personal assistants, to have an active social life and to be involved in the world of work.

Matt has over the past five years, presented to Government Ministers in London, been invited to speak at a Circles of Support conference in Dortmund, Germany, co-chaired a transition conference and has presented at numerous events and workshops. Matt will be developing his career in training in the very near future, by becoming a trainer on our person centred planning course alongside his brother Simon.

On a community level, another of Matt and his Circle’s dreams is to organise a street party outside his house in August 2010. The aim of this is to enable Matt’s neighbours to come together and to build community, with Matt organising and making a hugely positive contribution to his local area. Matt has a regular column in his local neighbourhood magazine and as a result of this, so many people stop him to say hello, it now takes him a lot longer to go shopping, which is great!

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