President Steve Kirk has chosen Circle as his charity for 2018.
Circle’s aim is to support the most disadvantaged children and families to improve their lives, promote their healthy development and reach their potential.
We are based in Pilton and have been running a number of projects in some of the most deprived areas of Edinburgh as well as East & West Lothian since 2006 though we were originally formed in 1946 as the Family Services Unit following WW2 to assist families resettle from devastated urban areas. We are particularly proud of our ISSEP partnership with George Heriots school which sees local primary school pupils paired with high school mentors who spend 2hrs per week with them helping with academic or social activities. Both sets of young people get a great deal from the relationship.
We organize 1:1 sessions with both children and parents as well as group activities that can involve the children, parents and other family members individually or altogether. We work with families building parenting skills which can include setting appropriate boundaries and managing behaviours, weekly planners for school attendance, homework and appointments as well as ensuring the family spend quality time together. We also help them address any health needs and increase awareness of the impact and effect of substance abuse on the children. We can signpost, and accompany, parents to recovery meetings and help them with any setbacks.
As Circle are not time-limited or target led and as our services are voluntarily engaged with we find that families stay with us for longer than other care providers. We have been repeatedly told that our willingness to stick by people makes us a unique service.
If you would like more detailed information on our work then each of our projects publish an Annual Report with stats and case studies, you can find them here – http://circle.scot/about-us/publications/