Who we are

Circles Network was created in 1994 by Chief Executive Mandy Neville, and a loyal group of people who were involved in the creation of the first Circles of Support in the UK.

The intention was to set up an organisation, which from their experience was different: an organisation that embraced the philosophy of social inclusion and where information, knowledge and practice leading to improved, self determined lives, became widely shared, particularly amongst people who were vulnerable and lonely.

Circles Network is now a national charity and voluntary organisation with its own personal and professional development academy and offices supporting and developing its work throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland and is renowned for building inclusive communities on the foundations of justice, advocacy, empowerment and friendships.

With vast experience of working with people of any age who are isolated or at risk of isolation, Circles Network has developed extensive and ground breaking expertise in the development of Circles of Support, Individual and Collective Advocacy, Person Centred Planning and Life Building, Peer Mentorship and Befriending, Transition Planning, Family Empowerment and Parenting Skills, Three Dimensional Community Services and Self-Directed Support, Community Outreach, Time Banking and Equine Facilitated Learning.


Registered Charity Number England/Wales: 1043601; and in Scotland: SCO38068

Registered Company Number: 2972700


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