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neighboursandfriends.SomepeoplealsoincludedtheirpetsasmembersoftheirCircle.Oneormorepeoplewhotheolderpersonknowsfindingoutabouthisorherwishesdreamsgoalseitherbyaskingdirectlyorbylisteningcarefullytowhatissaidingeneralconversation.Thepersonswhohasbeentoldorhaslistenedthenexploringwiththeolderpersonwhetherandhowthisdreamorwishcanbeachieved-whatwouldbeneededandwhomighthelp.Thisincludesexploringthetrueextentoftheolderpersonsnetworkandsupportingthemtodevelopandmaintainthisnetworkorcirclewhenneeded.Thepersonsprovidingthissupportinturnseekingtheirownsupportforexampletofindoutdifferentideasorcontactsthatmightbeusefulfromwithintheirownnetworksincludingcolleagues.OurfocusinthestoriesthataresharedfromtheCirclesprojectinthisbookisonextendingandstrengtheningolderpeoplespersonalnetworkstoenablethosecirclestoworktogetherwiththeolderpersontoachievetheirdreamsgoalshopesandoraspirationsthateachhasidentifiedwouldmakeadifferencetotheirlivesandoverallwellbeing.Thesearestoriesofhowpeopleslivesandorcircumstanceschangedoverafairlyshorttimeframe12-18monthsinonecasebutmuchlessformostotherpeoplethroughthepracticeofcirclesofsupportandapplyingtheprinciplesofpersoncentredlifeplanning.Webelievethereareimportantlessonstolearnandusefromalltheseapproachesbutthereisalsoalackofawarenessaboutwhatispossibleandachievable.Forexampleatpresentthereisfargreaterunderstandingaboutselfdirectedsupportwithinthoseareasthatarepilotsfortestingoutandtryingnewwaysofworkinganddevelopingservicese.g.theIndividualBudgetpilotsthePOPPpilotsLinkAgePluspilotsInnovationForumpilotsandsoon.AtitssimplestCircleswasaprojectabouthowsomeolderpeoplewereaskedwhattheywouldliketodohaveorbeandhowtheysetouttoachievethesedreamswithoutextramoneyspecialiststaffornewservicesorbyhavingeveryaspectofthosedreamsdoneforthembysomeoneelse.personcentredplanningwitholderpeople