Circle of Support Workshops

What is a circle of support?

A circle of support is a team of people who come together and support the safety, health and wellbeing of an individual with a learning disability and autism, who is at the centre of that circle.

This expands people’s support network beyond their parent/carer, with circles members working together to help the person to plan for their future and achieve their goals.

Graphic explaining who could be in a circle of support and how many layers there could be. The layers are listed on the image and are: 1. People I am closest to 2. Friends and allies 3. Similar interests - acquaintances 4. Paid or professional associates

New! Circles of support workshops in your area

We are delighted to have received funding to run our circles of support workshops across West Dunbartonshire, Midlothian, West Lothian, Inverclyde, Glasgow, and Perth and Kinross.

Workshops are open to parent/carers of people with a learning disability and autism, as well as health and social care professionals.

Workshops will cover:

  • What is a circle of support?
  • Hopes and dreams for the future
  • How to invite people to be part of a circle
  • Community skills mapping

And much more!

These sessions are free to attend, with both in-person and online workshops available. Spaces are limited, so please email info@equalfutures.org.uk to register your interest.


With thanks to our project funders!

Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund Inverclyde

With the support of the Scottish Government and CVS Inverclyde we are able to deliver our unique Circle of Support workshops to individuals with a learning disability and their families in Inverclyde. These workshops will teach families how they can build support networks of others who can advocate, guide and support the individual through life.

Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund West Lothian

With the support of the Scottish Government and Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian we are able to deliver our unique Circle of Support workshops to individuals with a learning disability and their families in Inverclyde. These workshops will teach families how they can build support networks of others who can advocate, guide and support the individual through life.

Whole Family Wellbeing Fund Perth & Kinross

With the support of Perth and Kinross Third Sector Interface we are able to deliver our unique Circle of Support workshops to individuals with a learning disability and their families in Inverclyde. These workshops will teach families how they can build support networks of others who can advocate, guide and support the individual through life.

Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund West Dunbartonshire

With the support of the Scottish Government and West Dunbartonshire Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund we are able to deliver our unique Circle of Support workshops to individuals with a learning disability and their families in Inverclyde. These workshops will teach families how they can build support networks of others who can advocate, guide and support the individual through life.