Circles of Friends/Support

Circle of Support

Circles of Friends or Circles of Support have been in every society since the dawn of time.

It is about how we take care of each other in families and communities. It is the ‘structure’ of our relationships. In Western societies, as wealth and mobility have increased, we are increasingly isolated from one another. We need to remember old wisdom, and learn new habits about how to take care of one another.

Circles of Friends is about this kind of life long dynamic. Circles of Friends is not a program. It is a way of living. It has an underlying philosophy of interdependence.

Most of us are not good at admitting this truth, so we need a hand. Noticing who is in your life from time to time, and then being more intentional about trying to connect and reconnect with the people we need to be with to have healthy lives.

These books, videos and overheads explore the incredible simplicity and paradoxically the enormous complexity of building and sustaining a circle of support so we can all live full lives.

Charting Circles of Support – simple instructions

Download this template from the PATH & MAPS Workbook – page 21. Use it to review your ‘network of support’ – the people in your life – regularly.

Download this template from PATH & MAPS Handbook. page 53 Use it to review your ‘network of support’ – the people in your life – regularly.

Participation through Support Circles – Judith Snow

Circles of Support (Friends) – a story from a classroom – Marsha Forest & Jack Pearpoint

Circles of Support Overheads

These overheads have been used to explain the concept of circles of support; that we all need people – and the strategy to find them “fill circles” is to fill the third circle – the circle of participation in organizations, activities, interests – where you meet people!

Recommended Books

Recommended DVDs

Circles of Friends – a selection of videos…

Circles of Friends – a selection of Videos

The Circle Way – there are many people utilizing Circles in many contexts. The Circle way has a wide array of excellent articles well worth your time.

Including Tips for Participating in Circles – Virtually – using Zoom