“I’m doing it for myself and for everyone else who lives here.”

Burcu is in her fifties and a resident of the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. She came across Circle, Participle’s membership organisation for over 50s, when it launched in her neighbourhood and used it to inject a bit of life into her routine by meeting new people and trying new things.

I joined Circle when I turned 50 and decided to give up smoking. I live on my own, don’t see my family much, and I wanted to find new ways to keep busy. Continue reading “I’m doing it for myself and for everyone else who lives here.”

“This was living again!”: Martyn’s story, in his own words

Martyn is a member of Rochdale Circle. He sent us this because he wanted others to understand the sort of problems older people in his position face, and how he’s helped himself and others lead a better life.

I am a retired local newspaper editor, and as such had quite a hectic social life, with many friends, prior to retiring.

I retired early at the age of 58, and over the following years lost touch with many of my work colleagues and acquaintances. Continue reading “This was living again!”: Martyn’s story, in his own words

Part 2: Nurturing the local (in Leeds and beyond)

As we at Participle reflected on the first chapter of Circle, we also asked what others are now doing to create new and different ways to support brilliant ageing.  This question led us to Leeds and the inspirational Mick Ward, the Commissioner of Adult Social Care, and the pioneer behind Local Links. Continue reading Part 2: Nurturing the local (in Leeds and beyond)

Part 1: The learning from London Circle

This week we publish the learning from the first chapter of Circle – our membership service for people 50 and over. Circles are thriving in Nottingham and Rochdale but very sadly London Circle was forced to close in March this year.

What have we learnt? Continue reading Part 1: The learning from London Circle

Loosening all the knots

Recently I’ve talked about the coverage of the Nuffield report on women who’ve had multiple children taken into care. Many of the lessons learned there really chimed with what we’ve found over the course of running Life Programmes. However, I did think there was one key thing left unmentioned. Continue reading Loosening all the knots