A circle of support is shaped by the person supported, but in general has the following characteristics:
- The circle consists of people in the person’s life and volunteers;
- The circle aims to support the person and their family to manage challenges and transitions in their life;
- The circle helps the person to achieve their goals, try new hobbies, and to make meaningful social connections;
- The circle is person-centred, and the person’s voice and needs are paramount;
- The person’s family may or may not be circle members, but they contribute to the person’s plan and are liaised with by the Equal Futures team;
- An Equal Futures Project Coordinator organises and attends circle meetings.