Alternative Futures appoints community circles connector
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North West charity Alternative Futures Group (AFG) has adopted a new community approach to help people with dementia and learning disabilities.
AFG says it is the first provider to invest in a full time community circles connector to help people develop circles of support.
Cath Barton, who has been appointed to the post, describes a community circle as a way to support someone through bringing together friends, family and neighbours with a facilitator. Cath, who is an experienced trainer and facilitator who prior to joining AFG was an adviser for national charity MacIntyre in all areas of person centred approaches, said a circle could start with two people or several people coming together with a clear purpose before agreeing what the circle can do that will make a difference.
“I’m passionate about developing person centred approaches which support people to live the lives they want,” said Cath.
“Circles intentionally build community around a person and help to build relationships and connections with others. Through conversations, supported by a facilitator, a positive difference can be achieved.”
AFG community service director Carol Toner said the group was very proud in developing the relationship with Community Circles.
“We are looking forward to seeing the very real difference having a circle makes in people’s lives,” she said