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  • 'Circles of Support' is tailored specifically to your needs - which makes each Circle totally unique

    If you are a young person aged 12-18 with learning disabilities/additional needs we offer a fantastic way to make new friends, try new things and learn new skills with ‘Circles of Support’.

    ‘Circles of Support’ is tailored specifically to your needs - which makes each Circle totally unique. A group of young volunteers (aged 16-19) make up the other members of your Circle and together you decide what things you want to do and when you want to do them whilst getting to know each other along the way.  

    You will meet with your Circle once a week and we join you once a month for a catch-up meeting to see how you are getting on and guide you with your progress. Our guidance enables you to fulfil your goals and aspirations -whether it’s independent travel, building confidence, socialising or getting out the house with people your own age – just like any other teenager.

    A Circle can last up to 2 years, and some individuals have even moved on to become volunteers themselves, using their own experiences to help others. Read more about Circles of Support

    All our staff and volunteers hold valid DBS certificates and receive training to support you and your needs.

    Interested in Circles of Support?

    We would like to hear from you if you think that you, your son, your daughter or the young person in your care would benefit from a Circle of Support.  Please get in touch with us on circlesofsupport@interact.org.uk or telephone 01245 608206

    “It gives you an opportunity to hang out with people, and just enjoy thing and do different things that you may not have a chance to do, or may not want to do on your own. I think it has definitely helped me with socialising skills that have definitely improved since I have been doing Circles of Support, that I didn’t have before.”  Young Person

    “My InterAct circle is helping me work on my independence and helping me organise my own stuff. It is helping me to transfer skills learnt at college into another setting and therefore develop them further.”  Young person

    Check out our calendar dates to find out what’s on or download our Young People Activity Programme and join in.

    Are you registered with InterAct?

    We ask parents/carers to complete and return a signed registration form to us before their son, daughter or the young person in their care can take part in their first InterAct activity. Please download a registration form and risk assessment form here and send to InterAct, Moulsham Mill, Parkway, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 7PX.

    If you’re feeling a bit shy or unsure if InterAct is for you ask about Taster Days with one of the team.

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