Circles of Friends or Circles of Support have been in every society since the dawn of time. We are wired for belonging, connection and being in relationship with one another.
‘Circles’ 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
Circles of Friends is about this kind of
“Mapping” our relationships helps us ‘see’ and notice who our people are, and which connections are important for us to nurture and sustain. We all need to notice who is important in your life from time to time. Then, we must be intentional about connecting and reconnecting with those people. It is a foundation for a healthy life.
The books, videos and overheads shared here explore the incredible simplicity, and paradoxically the enormous complexity, of building and sustaining a circle of support so we can all live full lives.
from Person-Centered Planning with MAPS and PATH: A Workbook for Facilitators, 4th Edition (2007) – Use the template to review your ‘network of support’ – the people in your life – regularly.
This Workbook for Facilitators includes 29 short articles, including two more we are making available here, which offer guidance and perspective:
Charting Our Circles of Support (O’Brien and Pearpoint, 2007) and
Participation Through Circles of Support (Judith Snow, 2007)
from The PATH & MAPS Handbook: Person Centered Ways to Build Community (2010). Use it to review your ‘network of support’ – the people in your life – regularly. We’ve also included here as a free download Charting the Circle, from the Handbook, which offers steps to identify planning circle members.
Circles of Support: How To – download
instructions on how to create a Circle of Support taken from the Tools for Change DVD (2000) beginning with a 2020 Preface (pdf)
Circles of Support (Friends) – download
a story from a classroom (1991) that is still relevant – scary thought – 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 and connect with people!
Circle of Friends Template download
DANGER: It is dangerous when there are very few people in the circle of intimacy and a majority of paid people in the outer circle of exchange. No friends and no associations create isolation and loneliness. – download
IDEAL: Full Circles – Circle of Friends download
Creating and Maintaining ‘full circles’ is a sign of health – and resilience for a full life
Circle of PARTICIPATION: Fill 3rd Circle First download
Abstract: In her typical forthright way, Judith peels back the layers of misunderstanding about the nature of Personal Assistance – and reminds us of the very simple truth – is a form of support for people who are labeled disabled.
An Article on Circles from Members of Each Other – a book by John O’Brien and Connie Lyle O’Brien
another great book of stories about the impact of circles: Remembering the Soul of Our Work (O’Brien and O’Brien)
Circles of Friends – a selection of videos…
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 ZoomIncluding Tips for Participating in Circles – Virtually – using Zoom
Circles: How to – Resource recommendations
The PATH & MAPS Handbook -Korean$0.00
What are We Learning about Circles of Support – ebook$0.00
All My Life’s a Circle (Spanish) – ebook$0.00
Toda a Minha Vida É Um Círculo- ebook$0.00
Person-Centered Planning with MAPS and PATH – A Workbook for Facilitators$25.00
The PATH & MAPS Handbook: Person-Centered Ways to Build Community$35.00
All My Life’s a Circle$20.00
Stories of Circles in Action
Dream Catchers and Dolphins: Reaching Out in a Time of Crisis$10.00
Who’s Drawing the Lines? – Judith Snow$20.00
Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community$25.00
Now in One Book: From Behind the Piano Snow Pearpoint$20.00
Friends & Inclusion$20.00
Celebrating the Ordinary: The Emergence of Options in Community Living as a Thoughtful Organization$20.00
Members of Each Other$25.00