Staying connected with Community Circles
We believe that great care is about being happy and fulfilled, doing more of what matters and staying connected to other people in your life; as well as getting the basics right.
That’s why we have partnered with the charity Community Circles. Community Circles are a way to help people to do more of what matters to them, and improve their wellbeing, at no extra cost.
What are Community Circles?
Community Circles help people to be happier, healthier and more connected with the support of those around them.
More often than not, people have other people in their life who’d like to help them out, but they don’t know how or where to start. A Community Circle solves this by bringing people together with someone who needs it and giving them the opportunity to find out what they can best do to help.
The Circle then helps to share tasks, and keeps everyone in the loop about how things are going. Members meet every few weeks with the person being supported and their Circle facilitator, who keeps things on track and makes sure that conversations turn into actions.
If it sounds simple, that’s because it is – but Circles are a great way of helping people to do more of what matters to them.
The service is completely flexible, and we’ve had people explore all sorts of things; from spending more time with friends and family, to getting back to their local church or getting out and about more. We work with people to discover what would work best for them.
Why do we do this as part of our love2care Wellbeing Teams service?
Traditionally, communities organised themselves to support each other. Today the way we live, work and interact with our communities has changed, but the principles have stayed the same. We believe that all today’s communities need is a little help to learn how to support each other again.
Community Circles are the way to make that happen, and by partnering with them as part of our home care service we can help people live well and stay connected to others in their life.
Is there a charge for having a Community Circle?
No. We believe that Circles can make a real difference to people’s lives, so we offer it as part of our standard service. It doesn’t cost a penny extra.
How does it work?
We talk with people we support about their Community Circle in person, about six weeks after they start working with their Wellbeing Team. Through their Circle we can help them to achieve more of what they’d like to see happen in their life, and we’ll think together about how it would best work for them.