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Project information

Sitting Circles

A circle for carers and the cared for where carers can support each other and care for other 'cared for' people allowing the carer to have free time to themselves. The circle operates on reciprocation between carers. Ensures a cost free way to have a sitting service in a safe and familiar place.

start January 2018

Charity information: AGE UK MID DEVON

  • Need


    There is a significant gap in service provision for carers in Mid Devon. There used to be a subsidised token system in place but this has been withdrawn. Research shows that in Mid Devon over a third of carers provide 50 plus hours a week and 12% give a 100 hours or more. Data identifies this group as at high risk of suffering from mental health problems.


    We propose a system where carers and their 'cared for' buddy up in pairs to support each other through
    a circle system. The circle consists of 2 pairs of buddies who will work from one of their homes. So there are 2 carers and 4 cared for in each session. A 3 hour sitting session will be available. We will appoint a coordinator to buddy match, circle match carry out home assessments and induction for carers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide free support for carers to take respite periods


    » Setting up the sitting circle in carers homes

    What success will look like

    Success will be setting up 10 circles over the year across Mid Devon district.

    Aim 2

    To improve the wellbeing of carers


    » Discussions with carers at start of project, 6 weeks in and 3 monthly thereafter to assess health and wellbeing

    What success will look like

    The project will improve carers health and wellbeing - assessed by using a self-assessment tool with individual carers and case studies.

  • Impact


    Each circle once set up will be self organising referring back to the coordinator only if a circle member is unable to continue.


    The main risk is not being able to identify suitable circle carers in remote areas of Mid Devon. We will liaise with GP's .Carers direct and other voluntary and statutory networks to spread the service as widely as possible.


    We would report to donors every quarter via a newsletter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,700

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      Amount Heading Description
      £300 induction for carers
      £800 Equipment for cared for in other homes
      £10,900 Coordinator 20 hours per week
      £2,000 expenses travel for coordinator
      £200 advertising promoting the scheme
      £500 admin management
  • Background


    Across Mid Devon where the majority of the population live in small rural areas and villages with little or no public transport.


    Carers who support family or friends- with physical or mental limited ability, vulnerable older people ( 50 plus years) is our target group.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a reputation for supporting older people through service provision, support and information and advice. Age UK is a national organisation and we have worked in Mid Devon since 1998.
    Our aim is to improve the quality of life for older people

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    Will set up and deliver the sitting cirlces