Southwark Circle

SouthwarkCircleLogoSouthwark Circle is a membership organisation that mobilises public, private and voluntary resources to meet the everyday needs of older people in the area and build up stronger local networks.
Locals can join the Circle as a Member (older person) or as a Neighbourhood Helper. Members get to be part of a growing social network, to take part in events and to access a free phone number to get recommendations for anything from a trustworthy, local builder to the best mobile phone plan, and to buy tokens that can be exchanged for slots of time from Neighbourhood Helpers. Neighbourhood Helpers sign up to the Circle to contribute as much or as little time as they want, either voluntarily or at London Living wage.
Southwark Circle was launched in 2009, after being co-designed and tested by 250 older people and their families, alongside Participle, Southwark Council, Sky and the Department for Work and Pensions.
The Circle model has now been replicated in Nottingham, Hammersmith and Fulham and Suffolk, as separate CICs and supported by a local authority partner. It is now being scaled across the country with approximately twenty others in the pipelines at different stages of business planning.
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