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Circles Network Impact Report 2009

  1. 1. Circles Network building inclusive communities Circles Network Impact Report
  2. 2. Contents Contents Mission, Vision, Acknowledgements 2 Word from the Chairman 3 Word from the CEO 4 Our Impact with Adults 5 - 14 Our Impact with Adults, Children, Young People and Families 15 - 17 Our Impact with Children and Young People and Families 18 - 24 Leadership and Empowerment 25 - 30 Independent Auditors - Statement 31 - 32 Statement of Financial Activities 33 - 34 Front and Back Cover Design Alan Blackaby Alan is a very talented artist preferring to use the medium of pencils and felt-tip pens; he is right handed but does all of his artwork left handed following a number of strokes and illnesses. He has an excellent eye for detail and enjoys drawing precisely and to scale. 1 We have taken the liberty to change some of the names in the stories to preserve confidentiality.
  3. 3. Mission, Vision, Acknowledgements Our Mission Introduction Circles Network exists to complement the efforts of people at risk of exclusion to become the architects The purpose of this report and the of their own lives by: accompanying DVD is to provide you with an up-to-date snapshot of the expanding work engaging in all aspects of community life of Circles Network throughout the UK during increasing confidence, respect and value the fiscal year 2008 - 2009. fostering a variety of interdependent Our ambition is to create sustainable and relationships inclusive communities, where everyone encouraging informed choice and belongs, in this lifetime. individual control Never has there been a time more urgent for improving personal well-being, safety bringing together all generations, cultures and happiness and diverse people to deal with issues that affect all communities. We hope to include developing gifts and competencies you in a circle somewhere, collaborating with towards productive, fulfilling lives. others for collective advantage, building a better world for all. We thank you for your interest and support and look forward to your participation and contribution to our mission and vision in the Our Vision is coming years. To create social inclusion, promote the spirit of community and accomplish the acceptance of difference. Acknowledgements We extend our gratitude and thanks : Front and Back cover - Alan Blackaby Graphics and layout - Alex Reeves and Jonny Cumiskey Writing and text - All staff and volunteers Production and printing 2009 - Impress Print, Northants 2
  4. 4. Word from the Chairman About Circles Network Circles Network is a UK wide voluntary organisation based in Warwickshire, renowned for building inclusive communities on the foundations of justice, advocacy, empowerment and relationships. Working with people of any The Chairman age who are isolated or at risk of isolation, this That wonderful man Rabbi Hugo Gryn, wrote organisation has ground breaking expertise in his book ‘Chasing Shadows’ : in the development of Circles of Support, independent and collective advocacy, person centred planning and inclusion into the “Time is short and the task is urgent. mainstream of life. Working in highly creative, Evil is real. So is good. There is a entrepreneurial styles, we are dynamic and ever choice. And we are not so much more determined to dream, dare and do. chosen as choosers.” I am constantly inspired by the choices which Board Members the staff at Circles Network continue to make and Trustees in their search to build inclusive communities – inclusive of all people. And in our world of Oliver Russell - President change those of us in the Network remain Eric Adams - Chair steadfast in our determination to encourage Andrew Cater - Co Vice - Chair both ourselves and those with whom we work Andrea Whittaker - Co Vice - Chair to be choosers and to grow, in all senses of the Jim Inglis - Treasurer phrase. Sue Pringle - Trustee All at Circles Network, not least my committed Tony Mc Teare - Trustee colleagues on the Board of Trustees, continue Julie Allen - Trustee to uphold that vision and ethos which gave Jill Mordaunt - Trustee birth to the organisation fifteen years ago and James Mc Neile - Trustee I am honoured to be able to commend all of Mandy Neville - Chief Executive Officer them and their choices to you in this report. Claire Lloyd - Financial Controller Tony Kirk - Director of Learning and Development, Company Secretary Eric Adams Chairman 3
  5. 5. Word from the CEO Word from the CEO “Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground” Our main purpose is to provide support We at Circles Network have certainly followed that enables and empowers disabled and the advice in Theodore Roosevelt’s quotation in disadvantaged people of all ages to take control recent times. This year demanded high resilience of and improve on life chances. Over the last against the first major national recession in our fifteen years we have provided direct support to history. We were forced to make cost efficiencies individuals and their families and indirect support and reduce provision whilst staying constant to through offering learning and development our purpose. opportunities to a wide range of professional supporters, carers, parents and friends through We have emerged in a very strong position our educational programmes and projects. with a skilful and passionate team, ready and able to take forward a new agenda for growth. Our challenge is to have the courage to continue Remaining positive throughout this period, to break new ground and to pass on the tools unleashing hope and possibility, indeed, and the wisdom so that others may follow and shooting for the stars, has driven us towards contribute their particular blend of magic. even greater goals. We want to see a multidimensional sustainable We have looked carefully at our strategic constellation for all. capacity to shape new frontiers for inclusion to flourish. Those new frontiers we are concerned I am ever grateful to our allies and supporters, to with are both geographic, spreading our reach our volunteers, colleagues and funders for the more fully across the UK, and holistic, ensuring energy, commitment and generosity that provides we reach all dimensions where people struggle the life blood of this organisation. for acceptance and belonging. Thank you One of the new requirements of the Charity Commission is that of demonstrating the public benefit each charitable organisation provides. This demand sharpens the thinking and led us to evaluate our own contribution, in truth, it Mandy Neville is clear that every project we undertake adds Chief Executive Officer public benefit and we have described this in our business plan and in the ensuing report. 4 3
  6. 6. Our Impact with Adults Modernising Making a Difference Day Services When Brian was put in touch with Circles Network Community Day Services at Leamington through the local Social Services department, he was settled We are delighted to provide day services across in his own flat with 24 hour support. The one thing Warwickshire for disabled people living in and Brian wanted was to have more opportunities to around Atherstone in the North, and Leamington get out into the community as he realised he was in the South, of the County. spending too much time worrying alone. Brian is now supported by the day service to go for regular As we make progress with modernising pub lunches. He recently visited friends where he these services, so we work more directly with used to live, who were surprised and delighted to people from the setting of their homes and be back in touch. Brian likes to sing songs by The neighbourhoods. The service has attracted people Beatles and The Rolling Stones and enjoys giving who have great talents and skills, resulting in the the friends he has made from his involvement in emergence of social enterprises in craft production Leamington Day Services a reminder of his vocal and in high quality exhibits of photography and talents. He has expressed an interest in live music arts and crafts, amongst other interesting activities. and is beginning to venture out, with support, to live concerts. Liam’s Story Liam is one of Circles Network’s shining stars! With our support, through the Atherstone Community Day Service, he has gone from success to success. Liam was encouraged to start an IT course at College, his resilience and hard work was rewarded Brian enjoying in 2007 with not only a 95% pass for his final test new found suppo but also an achievement award from Nuneaton and r t Hinckley College for the Best Student Overcoming Difficulties. Not satisfied with this Liam went on to push himself further gaining new independence by moving from the family home to establish independent living and travelling without assistance. Liam, who will openly tell you about his learning barriers, is an exceptional individual who is now putting something back by volunteering with New Ideas at Rugby, Coventry and Warwick, helping others with IT training and supporting the Day Service ten pin bowling Circle. Liam no longer needs Liam’s Success 5 the support of Community Day Service and has relinquished his place as a person in need!
  7. 7. Our Impact with Adults Matt’s Story Matt Howard’s Circle of Support started with One of the things that is important to Matt is to the help of Circles Network five years ago. share his personal story, which is what Matt has Nadine Jay, his facilitator, was ceremoniously now done many times as part of the Academy ‘dumped’ at a beer festival some four years for Inspiring Inclusion. ago when Matt and the Circle decided they were strong enough and committed enough Matt has over the past five years, presented to to go it alone! Government Ministers in London, been invited to speak at a Circles of Support conference in Matt requires 24 hour support to assist with Dortmund, Germany, co-chaired a transition personal and communication requirements. conference and has presented at numerous events and workshops. His Circle supported him to move in to his own house, to recruit his own personal assistants, to Matt will be developing his career in training in have an active social life and to be involved in the very near future, by becoming a trainer on the world of work. our person centred planning course alongside his brother Simon. On a community level, another of Matt and his Circle’s dreams is to organise a street party outside his house in August 2010. The aim of this is to enable Matt’s neighbours to come together and to build community, with Matt organising and making a hugely positive contribution to his local area. Matt has a regular column in his local neighbourhood magazine and as a result of this, so many people stop him to say hello, it now takes him a lot longer to go shopping, which Matt wit his Mum, h eann J is great! e Inclusion achieved. 6
  8. 8. Our Impact with Adults Circles of Support The project in Oxfordshire was originally Circles of Support are perhaps the area of work accessible only to those people living with Circles Network is best known for. We initiate and elderly parents or carers. develop thousands of Circles of Support across the UK and further afield. We have been delighted to be able to open up the project to more people with learning Along with assisting people with training and difficulties, made possible thanks to an extra learning to help them take the lead in developing two years of funding from the Oxfordshire Circles, we also run small and large projects Partnership Board. where we directly provide on-going support. These projects are currently based in North and The increase in funding reflects the impact South Wales, West Sussex, East Sussex, Surrey, the project has made to people’s lives in such Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and a short space of time and allows us to cope Warwickshire. We have captured a few examples with the additional demand on resources. in these pages. It has also enabled Oxfordshire Circles of Support to recruit our first full-time dedicated facilitator as well as a part-time manager. Circles of Support The role of the Circles facilitator is greatly valued by individuals, family and the in Oxfordshire multidisciplinary teams. The facilitator is the person who can co-ordinate the professionals The Circles of Support project in Oxfordshire involved in the individual’s life to ensure that currently supports 19 Circles with the help of the focus person gets the most out of the 92 volunteers and additional family members. services that are offered to them. Five of the These volunteers have been invited to original 19 Circles now run independently. participate in a Circle of Support, and give their This means that a natural unpaid facilitator own time to support the focus person to plan has emerged from within the groups. This and meet their goals and dreams. is the eventual aim for all of the Circles so that they can continue to support people “Most people who have a Circle of regardless of funding. Support say that, from the day that it is up and running their lives become so Not only has the project been able to support much bigger”. people by facilitating their Circles of Support, but also by taking on the role of advocacy, People suddenly realise that they have a and by supporting individuals to develop group of friends that have genuine interest in and implement person centred plans. We supporting them to actualise their aspirations. have provided people with opportunities to meet others, to expand their networks of relationships and to practise skills such as 7 public speaking and assertiveness; which they can use in other areas of their lives.
  9. 9. Our Impact with Adults Ellie’s It is a great way for people who have learning differences to get in touch with other people. New Venture The web forum is open to all people who live in One of the Circles of Support identified that Oxfordshire. This is a real success for the Circle Ellie, the focus person of their Circle, was and also for the people of Oxfordshire. interested in finding people who may want to house share. However, she didn’t know anyone Through the web forum, Ellie has met with other else who may be interested or how she might people who share the same desires as her. meet other people. So Ellie, with the help of her Circle, decided she needed to develop a way of She is now living in a shared house meeting other people. Ellie and her sister are that has been totally set up by Ellie really into computers, and decided that a web and her Circle. forum would be the best way. They have chosen and purchased the house, had building work done, interviewed and appointed So with the help of her Circle members, she has staff, agreed on two other house mates, developed a website called ‘Bridging the Gap’. and moved in. enture Ellie’s New V 8
  10. 10. Our Impact with Adults It Takes a Little Time Circles Network first met Richard eighteen months ago and in that time his life has been transformed from a story of isolation and loneliness into one of inspiration and joy. When Circles Network were first introduced This led to Richard making the most out of gym to Richard he made it very clear that he hated sessions and the beginning of some sustainable meetings, reviews and social workers. He refused relationships with people he met there. His spirits to comment when asked about how his life was had lifted hugely by now and he took Steve on for going, preferring to let Brenda, his supportive three days a week to pursue a range of interests. He mum, do the talking. started to show a distinct liking for the outdoor life, Richard spent most nights playing on his he took up horse riding and gardening and enjoyed PlayStation and then all day in bed. Brenda getting out to local farms and places of interest. described her son’s situation as “stagnant and Now he had the hang of Direct Payments, Richard having no life”. Brenda was worried that Richard and the small Circle of Support he had developed would never find a way to move on as he would around him by then, decided to give up his place at not engage with anyone. Previously he had a local respite care facility and take on another enjoyed a job at a pub for two hours a week personal assistant to support him at weekends at through a local supported employment scheme the family’s caravan in Skegness. but unfortunately the placement had broken down. Employment came next and through a connection of Caroline’s, Richard gained a trial placement When asked if Richard was interested in a Circle of with the Estate Manager of a nearby stately home Support he said yes, but that he definitely did not for a groundsman position. Through his own want anyone in it! determination, he showed how capable and strong A relationship had to be built with Richard and he is and is now working there officially for two Circles Network facilitator Caroline Garner felt the days a week. He even has his own set of keys to the ideal opportunity, given his interest in modern tractor he operates. music, was through a night club project that she was involved with. “I helped Richard get his name Brenda is overjoyed and is the first to acknowledge down for the six week DJ workshop. Richard made Richard’s new found confidence and conversational some friends at the workshop and on the last skills. His dad is also incredibly proud of Richard’s journey home he said to me, ‘I want to do what success and both parents agree that, Paul does and go to the gym’.” “this has been the making of him and them”. To help this become a reality, Caroline supported “Richard has made Wednesdays and Richard to access Direct Payments and gain the Thursdays the best days of the week support of a personal assistant and, after a small because we all look forward to battle, Richard was able to hire Steve. working with him”. 9 Work Colleague
  11. 11. Our Impact with Adults Barry's Story Barry decided that he would like to go on holiday, but didn’t know how to organise it, with the support of his Circle, he found that it was easy. Typically he would spend one week of the year with his family near a British beach. However, this year he wanted to do something different. out with Ma tty, on a day oodstock W A few months earlier he had decided that he his friends at wanted to find someone to go out with at the museum. weekends. He tried various friendship schemes, and eventually decided to advertise, and employ someone. He was fortunate enough to meet someone who he actually became good friends with and even after the money ran out, they continued to spend much of the weekend together. Preparing for a Barry decided that Jed is a really good friend and meeting. circles someone that he would like to go on holiday with. Barry plucked up the courage to ask if Jed would go to Spain with him and his parents, who would Ricky and Matty be staying in separate resorts, but in the same area. Jed was delighted, and said that it was an In August Ricky and Matty, who both have their honour to be asked. The holiday went ahead as own Circles of Support, planned a day out. They planned, and everyone had a great time! Barry are both really keen on dinosaurs, and found said that he never dreamed that he would be able out about an exhibition that was happening in to go abroad. Woodstock. They had originally met through one of Matty’s Circle members Greg who worked with Matty, and lives next door to Ricky and his family. When Greg realised that both Matty and Ricky were fascinated by dinosaurs, he suggested that they might like to meet, and invited them both over for a summer bar-b-que, along with many of his friends. The three planned their trip to Woodstock, and had a wonderful time. The sun was shinning and they really enjoyed the exhibition, and are now organising a trip to the Natural History Museum in London. 10
  12. 12. Our Impact with Adults West Sussex Circles The Circles Project in West Sussex has been our longest running, spanning more than nine years with support from West Sussex County Council. In this area alone there are more than a thousand volunteers who belong to a Circle of Support. Some of these volunteers also support Circles Saturday Circles Network at community events, raising our profile This Summer volunteers and people from the and that of the concept and practice of inclusion Saturday Circles performed at the Lion’s Fare. The and equality for all. One group of volunteers run show had songs from Mamma Mia, and Grease and a regular stall in the main shopping centre in was very well received. After the event the group Burgess Hill, talking to shoppers and introducing were approached to appear at two other events conversations that matter towards building in the area. Parents said they had never seen their inclusive communities in that particular locality. young people so confident and couldn't believe In this last year we have increased our provision that they sang in front of such a big crowd. for the sons and daughters of older parents who live at home, prioritising Circles of Support and increasing natural networks. The Young People’s Group The Saturday Circles’ young people’s group raised Social Opportunities money at the Lion’s Fare through a sponsored and Saturday Circles sports event and a stall. The group decided to use the money for a trip to Chessington World of Saturday Circles emerged to provide for a Adventure. growing need expressed by people who found themselves isolated at weekends. In the South The Circle hired a large fully accessible coach for East of England we have worked with 43 people, the journey and organised for a separate car as one supporting them to take a lead in deciding what of the mothers was concerned that her daughter, activities the three separate projects would take. Amy, was too frightened to use the coach. Involvement in such decisions led to greater On the morning of the outing Amy was given confidence and leadership experience. This in the choice of travelling on the coach and time turn encouraged four young people to take up was taken to gently help her on board. Amy then employment in this work and another two to decided she really didn’t want to use the coach, to become volunteers. her mother’s relief, she did agree to travel in the car. These new groups are gaining interest nationally Her mother admitted that this trip had meant a and we have plans to set up further Saturday lot to Amy and to her and her husband, as it gave Circles projects in two areas of Warwickshire. them a chance to spend the day together. She was also impressed by the positive adaptable attitude towards her daughter and her needs by the 11 volunteers and young people in the Saturday Circle.
  13. 13. Our Impact with Adults Advocacy What does Circles Network Our advocacy projects include those provide through our commissioned to provide Circles of Support, advocacy services? Patient’s Councils and groups of people using services as a form of collective advocacy. Circles Network have been providing advocacy with disabled and disadvantaged people in a We also provide professional advocacy for: variety of ways since our inception. The aims of people with dementia or enduring mental ill our endeavours are to ensure that we are: health, people with eating disorders, people with learning difficulties and people supported Safeguarding people who are vulnerable and in forensic settings. discriminated against, or who services find difficult to serve. In this year we have supported over 1000 people individually and hundreds of collective advocacy Empowering people who need a stronger groups. In Scotland we have projects in Glasgow, voice, by enabling them to express their own Edinburgh and more recently in Fife. needs and make their own decisions. Enabling people to gain access to information, to explore and understand their options, and to make their views and wishes known. Speaking on behalf of people who are unable to do so for themselves. We are the Cha mp ions It’s cool to belon g Enjoying the open air life 12
  14. 14. Our Impact with Adults How Advocacy helped Modelling Advocacy in George’s Life Suzanna was brought into hospital against her wishes; she was frightened, insecure and George had lived in Dundee for most of his life anxious about being in a psychiatric hospital. and had moved to Edinburgh to take up an Through contact and interaction with an amazing new job. Sadly, he found himself ‘let advocate she was able to find out what her go’ after a few short years, coinciding with his rights were regarding her treatment. She diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. hadn’t realised that she had rights when she was initially brought into hospital. As a result George told Janine, our advocate, that he of this she began to feel less threatened as felt he belonged in Dundee. He had been she was able to see how her treatment was apprehended a number of times by police as progressing and to exercise choice about what he tried desperately, despite his confusion, to was happening to her. return there. Suzanna’s stress levels began to decrease as Edinburgh was simply not the place of his birth, a result of her interactions with her advocate, besides, his sister, who still lived in Dundee, and she began to feel more supported on her was far more likely to spend time with him if journey. She grew in confidence, learned to only he could get back there. Instead he found organise her thinking and was able to highlight himself stuck on a hospital ward, unable to be points and questions she wanted to raise with supported at home because of his travelling staff. She also received quality information adventures. Each time he left and got a coach regarding her medication. or train he found himself back in a hospital he didn’t want to be in. Janine set to work exploring avenues with the nursing staff, the social services departments for both cities and the mental health officer, all at George’s request. The transfer seemed to take forever, mainly because people were afraid for George’s safety. However, the plan eventually came to fruition and George was able to move to a home where he could be supported. His closeness with his sister had been rekindled and he is particularly happy that he can see more of his nephews and nieces and their young families. 13 11
  15. 15. Our Impact with Adults In this case the advocate played a Changing the Outcomes: bridge-building role between Suzanna and the medical staff, modelling the concept come of advocacy and, in effect, teaching her to Ali was brought into hospital on a short term advocate for herself. Ben, the advocate, was detention order. He had not slept for weeks able to demonstrate to Suzanna that she could and told the clinical team that the noises from a get involved in decisions regarding her care nearby twenty-four hour parcel depot kept him and treatment, and that she could express her awake. As a consequence of this he began to own opinions. suffer from sleep deprivation and racing thoughts, culminating in nervous exhaustion. Nobody went to his accommodation to verify this, and the hospital gave him a diagnosis of schizophrenia. When he accessed Circles Network Advocacy he was adamant that he was just tired, and not delusional in any way. The advocate put his views forward at ward rounds as he was too upset and angry to attend. We claimed on his behalf that he needed rest, or to change his accommodation, rather than hospitalisation. Ali was given medication, against his wishes, and despite his insistence that he didn’t need it. This situation continued until his Mental Health Eventually, Suzanna told her advocate that Officer went to visit Ali’s home and returned in full she felt able to attend meetings and represent agreement with him and that the premises were herself in the hospital. She was grateful for incredibly noisy. the assistance she had received and said that it had been better for her to be involved at Ali was relieved that other professionals finally the start of her treatment rather than remain accepted what he was saying, he was grateful that uninvolved and powerless. his advocate had believed him from the start. His, consistently-stated, views had been accepted by the advocate alone when no one else would listen International Interest to him. Circles Network has gained widespread interest nationally and internationally for our As a result, his section was withdrawn, he work. We welcomed visitors this year from was made an informal patient and the local Australia, from Bangladesh, from India and Social Services department helped him to find from Europe. alternative accommodation. 14
  16. 16. Our Impact with Adults, Children and Young People and Families Dream Dare Do Circles Network have launched a new and exciting way of supporting people who want an alternative to conventional support services. 3D Community Support: Dream Dare Do! 3D Community Support: Circles Network have been involved in driving Dream Dare Do: the creation and implementation of a new 3D provides flexible and highly individual system of social care, in which people will support to help people create and implement a control their own support, their own money tailored Support Plan that works for them. and their lives as valued citizens. This system is called Self-Directed Support. Our support includes: Person Centred Planning and Life Coaching “First and foremost, Self-Directed Support is about people having Building a Circle of Support control over their lives. To have Developing social networks and local that overall control, people need community opportunities more control over their money and support.” Empowerment to Employment training In Control (June 2008) Support to access community based services and facilities 3D Community Support: Dream Dare Do has been designed specifically to empower Developing life and relationship skills to individuals and families to understand what increase interdependence they are entitled to and how to take as much control as they want! Support with advocacy The move to personalised individual budgets is a great opportunity to promote the values of inclusion that guide our work, for individuals to take control of their lives and for local authorities to streamline their services and be at the cutting edge of building sustainable communities. We want to hear from local authorities and trusts that are keen to explore how we can create partnerships to offer people wider choices of support and from people who are looking to 15 take more control of their own life.
  17. 17. Our Impact with Adults, Children and Young People and Families Circles Network’s experience of creative and flexible person centred thinking and working in Joe’s partnership with individuals, families, services and local authorities mean we are ideally placed Dream Dare Do Story to provide personalised support. Joe is a young man who, through the Dream Dare Do programme, the encouragement of his Our experience is vast, working in Circle of Support, and a lot of personal courage, neighbourhoods across the UK and with people has managed to go from living in a hostel to of all ages and challenges. employing his own personal assistants and living Using Dream Dare Do! We are changing lives. in his own flat, which he rents privately. In the South East, Circles Network worked with From the first meeting things changed for Joe Brighton and Hove Social Services Department when he asked “would people be able to have a as part of their self directed support pilot project. cup of tea with me when we are out?” Through the 3D Community Support: Dream The previous agency staff had said they were Dare Do project we supported eight young not allowed to have a drink with him when they people to move out of their family home, were out shopping. He was delighted when he creating imaginative support plans with heard the answer was “Yes! You are the boss!”. individuals and their families that focused on the outcomes they really desired. Joe now has three different people in his staff team. With the help of his mum he has A family in Essex funded Circles Network to employed someone to support him with develop a Circle of Support in the classroom cooking, budgeting and housework. He has also for a young boy who wanted to maximise his employed a young man the same age as him opportunities for social interaction and to gain to meet up with friends and socialise and has support from his peers. The project was highly another person to help him learn the bus and inspirational and our Dream Dare Do tools led train routes he wants to use. Joe chose people to some wonderful outcomes and experiences who shared his enthusiasm for his dream to be a for the young boy. self-employed artist. This work is now informing the development Recently Joe held an exhibition of his paintings, of our Transition Matters training and learning pottery and photography. His team of personal materials. assistants helped him to get ready for the exhibition and his Circle helped him to invite people. The exhibition was a great success, everything was sold and he received commissions. He also made links with local artists who invited him to exhibit his work with them. 16
  18. 18. Our Impact with Adults, Children and Young People and Families Person centred planning tools are alive and Person Centred active, always ensuring the focus person is central and in control. They are flexible, setting Planning no limits to the person’s wants, needs and dreams for their life. ‘The Circle is hard to describe; In person centred planning the process, as well it’s too simple’ Regina DeMarasse as the product, is owned and controlled by the person and sometimes their closest family and Person centred planning is at the heart of friends. There are no prescribed forms, tick boxes all Circles Network work, we use it to inspire or checklists, which means the resulting plan change, drive innovation and continually of support is totally individual. The plan creates challenge and work to improve service a comprehensive portrait of who the person is provision. and what they want to do with their life. It brings together all of the people who are important to Person Centred Planning is a process of life the person including family, friends, neighbours, planning for individuals, based around the support workers and professionals involved in principles of inclusion and the social model of their lives. disability. It is a process that is now gaining rapid acceptance and is replacing more traditional Derived from the early work in building Circles styles of assessment and planning based on a of Support, Circles Network aim to make medical approach to people’s needs. these tools available to everyone through publications, training and support. Making Planning Work Tim’s Circle has worked hard to put his person centred plan together and his Circle have met over tea and cakes, selecting photos of family and friends and working on the things he would like to do in the future. The Circle want to work towards supporting Tim to realise his true potential away from being at a day centre and to use self directed support to achieve the things he wanted to do. The Circle of Support has helped change his life course and has meant that t Learning abou Tim was able to talk to his Circle about his father’s d planning person centre recent death. Tim now has personal assistants who he employs with the support of his Circle and has stopped going to the day centre. Inspiring Ideas 17
  19. 19. Our Impact with Children and Young People and Families Working with Children The earlier we can introduce the range of tools and techniques applied by Circles Network, the more dramatic the life shifting opportunities for inclusion become. For this reason work with children, young people and families is targeted to expand dramatically over the next three years. Children's Advocacy Across the UK, wherever funding is available, we Growing trust and word of mouth amongst are providing the following projects: young people have led to a steady increase in requests for support and it would appear that Circles of Support service providers are becoming increasingly Family Empowerment – supporting disabled aware of the benefits of advocacy involvement parents and parents of disabled children for those young people who are considered very Friendship and Relationship Building – LG2 isolated and marginalised. With the permission (Let’s Get Together) of young people, advocates have been able to Peer Mentorship channel privileged information to the relevant Person Centred Planning professionals securing both short and long Saturday Circles term benefits for the young person. Working Steering to Success – The Nurtured Heart with young people can be politically very Approach sensitive and challenging, requiring great levels Taking the Reins – Equine Facilitated Learning of tact and diplomacy in order to keep lines of Transition Matters – CREDO communication open. The skills employed by our advocates are evident as this area of work grows Independent Advocacy in capacity and in its positive reputation. for Children and Young People As we have threaded advocacy into children and young people’s services there have been challenges. But also amazing experiences of growing relationships built on trust shared directly from young people. Some of those experiences relate to the transition between children’s and adult services and have allowed us to develop recommendations which embed the provision of advocacy for young people at this time. 18 16
  20. 20. Our Impact with Children and Young People and Families Taking the Reins Inclusion, relationship building, skills based learning, sustainability… this project has it all in abundance! Circles Network’s approach to innovation shines out through the eyes of over 160 children who benefitted from their involvement with ponies The children and young people learn how to safely and horses this year. Equine Facilitated Learning, approach a horse, have an introduction into how still unique in the UK, aims to improve the lives of to communicate with such a powerful, majestic children through a fusion of fun, education and animal and achieve positive outcomes through therapy. Taking the Reins is an extraordinarily a two way trusting partnership. This enables happy place to be and in the words of children participants to gain further understanding and who attend can be described as “heaven”, “my awareness of how their own behaviour, posture, special safe place” and “the place I always want movement, energy, stance and voice are to be”. The “place” of course is in the hearts important aspects of communication between and minds of those children as, although the human and horse. This learning soon becomes horses are based in Warwickshire, they do travel intrinsic and works well in all kinds of relationships. to various locations so that the experience of bonding with beautiful, intelligent and loving The journey continues with choosing mutual equines can be shared widely. respect through grooming, leading, lunging and many more activities including loose schooling Participants range in age from two to eighteen. with the horse in a round pen and learning to take We particularly welcome disabled and leadership with their chosen horse. disadvantaged children and young people and have just begun a separate project with adults. All of these sessions are designed to build foundations for strong, positive relationships, Many of the children involved have been through allowing children to grow in confidence and loss and other experiences of early childhood self-esteem. The achievements of all trauma and there are evident benefits of working participants are highly recognised and “hands on” with horses who enjoy all the cuddles celebrated throughout the courses. For many they can get. The care and welfare of the herd children Equine Facilitated Learning is very is a big feature of this project and conversations empowering as they may feel they have little about safety, nutrition, exercise, relaxation and control over their lives. The informal and happiness abound. inclusive environment provided encourages children to be expressive, confident, passionate and most of all happy. This unique experience 19 is both lasting and valuable.
  21. 21. Our Impact with Children and Young People and Families Creative thinkin g ilding Friendship bu Making a difference... Carla is a young woman with a severe form of Having worked on her personal development she epilepsy and she approached Circles Network learned how to be more assertive and confident wanting to volunteer. As she has never entered with the horses showing a really caring nature employment her goal was to find some part-time and thorough attitude towards her goals. She work involving working with animals. established an excellent journal folder recording her feelings and emotions and has now achieved She was nervous and shy about approaching her goal to become a volunteer. people and had spent many years unable to explore her gifts and skills. Carla has also begun to make friends with other young people with whom she can go out socially Carla’s lack of communication with her peers and has been to live pop concerts in London and had affected her self-esteem and social life as Birmingham, staying away overnight. she didn’t have close friends.She felt that simple elements like meeting new people, speaking on the phone and exploring new avenues in her life were too difficult. Carla’s life has changed dramatically after enrolling on the Equine Facilitated Learning project and completing a ten week course with a trained facilitator. 20 16 12
  22. 22. Our Impact with Children and Young People and Families One student commented; Peer “School never asks about personal stuff, they just want to know I can do the work” Mentorship He began to recognise what he is good at and seemed proud that the group were interested. Our peer mentorship work brought together This student believed that his achievements were students from mainstream and special schools in only meaningful if they were of academic value; Cambridgeshire. The project took place weekly we believe that the peer mentorship project has during curriculum time with the aim of developing challenged this belief. real friendships, planning for positive futures, creating person centred portfolios and supporting Another student shared; “I used to be scared of the peers in reviews. The project had an underlying students from the college, because one person essence of exposing young people with learning called me a loser. I now have friends at college and difficulties to the ‘ordinariness’ of growing up and love that they wave at me when we go over for being a teenager in today’s world. woodwork”. This project not only helped students to gain The work was also valued by teaching staff, a class confidence it also offered a better understanding teacher from Highfield School in Ely felt that it of communication and learning styles that may was… be used by their peers or themselves. This has been beneficial in building new friendships and “absolutely invaluable to the running in ensuring that ALL young people have the of our person centred annual reviews possibility to achieve, feel that they belong, for Year 9 students. Our Year 9 students and experience being truly valued. have enjoyed, developed and matured as a consequence of the project”. Without doubt, a distinct outcome was that all students benefitted by spending time together and sharing their experiences, thoughts and aspirations. 21
  23. 23. Our Impact with Children and Young People and Families Family Having up to date knowledge and references can be powerful additions to the armoury necessary Empowerment to get the best available opportunities in place for a disabled and disadvantaged child. There are two different distinct strands to our family empowerment work; the first In support of disabled parents we have one, supporting parents, foster parents and developed specific projects across the UK. carers to support disabled and disadvantaged In response to demand we offer the following: children and the second strand, supporting disabled parents and carers to support their Direct support for parents going through the families. court system, fighting to maintain their rights to parent, we provide assessments, viability reports In supporting parents and carers of disabled and reviews. children, we often become involved in setting up Circles of Support in the school, Direct support for parents going through the home or neighbourhood. We also provide family court system in the home, preventing assistance in compiling person centred plans situations of crisis and coaching in parenting or school transition reviews, involving the skills. whole family as appropriate. We are keen to share knowledge about the many other Developing Sustainability Circles of Support to organisations available to offer assistance and further opportunities for parents to be included can help parents find a path through the maze in their local communities. of different providers to get the best outcomes for their needs. In some areas we have set up support or study groups, we also have an exciting programme for parents and carers of children who challenge, known as the Nurtured Heart Approach. Rio’s master piece 22
  24. 24. Our Impact with Children and Young People and Families Families Forward Our Family Empowerment Project in West Sussex, Motherhood supported eight families with disabled parents Maria gave us a resounding testimony in her who have attended family court hearings. This own words following the successful outcome project recently produced a Parents Charter and of a twelve week parenting assessment. a list of recommendations for changes that could be made in public services. Five of the families “When I started working with Circles involved now have ongoing Circles of Support. Network I had no confidence, I was on Family Empowerment Wales, is funded directly antidepressants and just kept thinking through the Welsh Assembly has enabled fifteen I was going to lose my son. I would families to receive the support they required to agree to anything Social Services said, improve their parenting skills. All of those families I was not allowed to be with my son had experienced the painful trauma of separation on my own. from their children and are now at least back in regular touch and in some cases completely Circles helped me to learn how to reunited. cook, gave me more confidence in myself and gave me more ideas about what to do with my son at different Steering to Success ages. The people from Circles Network were there to listen and they were Funded by the Dulverton Trust, this innovative really good. They would be really project was the first of its kind to bring learning fantastic for other people too. about the Nurtured Heart approach to parents in the UK. More about the approach can be found Now I have lots of confidence, I stand in our section about the work of the Academy for up for myself in meetings and not Inspiring Inclusion. behave like a mouse. I now have my Parents of children who challenge are typically own house and live with my son on my given very few alternatives to medication as a own and I can do everything and go solution. Already overwrought and tired this anywhere”. option is often taken up in desperation. By providing the techniques of the Nurtured Heart approach, many of the parents involved in Steering to Success found that their children’s behaviour improved rapidly, making a difference to the whole family. The project has designed specific teaching aids in the form of a box set of cards and a set of recommended books and these are available to help parents and practitioners. 23
  25. 25. Our Impact with Children and Young People and Families Angela, a Circles Network Coordinator, met the couple Andrea and worked with the family over a number of weeks. and Thomas’ Story She was invited by the couple to attend court, core meetings and a case conference, as well as visiting Andrea and Thomas are in their 40s, and have a their home a number of times. young child in early primary education. They are a lovely family and their child is the focus of their Supporting Andrea and Thomas to put together their life. All Andrea wanted, was to be a mother and own person centred plan, Angela helped the couple enjoy parenting. Thomas from the start loved begin to take control. Both Andrea and Thomas felt being a father and was the main carer for their that they had never had their strengths and skills child in the early months, looking after Andrea acknowledged until they had a plan. They now use and the baby. their person centred plan at all core meetings. The couple felt the early months were “the best “We have never had such positive things time of our lives”. When their child was one, said about our family; it has given us the Andrea felt she needed some support, as she was confidence to continue to do the best for finding some parenting issues difficult. Their GP our child.” referred her to Social Services, with the idea that they had the resources to help the family. Circles Network’s Parent’s Charter Over the next four years 13 social workers worked with the family, each doing their own At the core of all our work with parents are our assessment and focusing on Andrea’s learning guiding principles: difficulty rather than providing the help they needed. All parents should be listened to. Andrea and Thomas attended parenting All parents should be respected and valued. classes, but found them to be unhelpful and confusing. Andrea said she would have found All parents should be involved in planning for one-to-one home parenting visits more help, their children. as she would remember more and feel more comfortable about asking questions. A home All parents should feel welcomed by services visit was arranged from a support worker with that support them. this in mind, but it again seemed more like an assessment. All parents should be able to have support to be good parents. This was very distressing to the family as a whole, making parenting even more of a challenge. All parents should have the support they need Andrea, as a result, suffered from depression if they are going through family courts. and was prescribed antidepressants. The family after four years were left intimidated, powerless, These principles came from our Families confused and exhausted. Forward project; they were put together by the parents involved in the project. 24
  26. 26. Leadership and Empowerment Academy for Inspiring: New to The Academy Inclusion The Nurtured Heart Approach to New The Academy for Inspiring Inclusion has been Challenging Behaviour (ADHD) established to drive the value of inclusion through all our training and learning delivery The Nurtured Heart Approach is a revolutionary work and to help us share our experiences and new way of reducing challenging behaviours expertise. such as ADHD and is widely practised throughout the United States. Circles Network has developed many highly effective methods and inspirational techniques The approach steers away from managing through the support they have given individuals. behaviour and prescribing medication and We are now keen to ensure that we share these focuses on a positive approach to channel resources, tools and techniques with other people’s energy into more creative pursuits. professionals. We have many new and exciting developments underway as well as plans to Circles Network are proud to have some of develop our current suite of courses into the country’s few trained practitioners on the highly accessible self study packs to improve Academy’s training team and would encourage accessibility. anyone that would like to learn these skills to get in touch. The Academy’s portfolio includes: New Majestic Achievement Inclusion Matters Circles of Support Circles Network developed a new training Person Centred Planning and Life Building course in 2009 aimed at personal development Transition Matters – CREDO and positive business solutions at management Friendship and Relationship Building level. Disability Equality Training Managers from all walks of life were invited to Equine Facilitated Learning develop skills and strategies through equine Partners in Policymaking facilitation that will help them to reflect on Peer Mentorship and refine their own strategies and talents as Measuring Up managers of people. The Academy also specialises in providing training in self-directed support for both Delivered by Mandy Neville and Emma professional practitioners and for people Knowles, who are both experienced in high wanting to direct their own support. level management and have an extensive equine knowledge. The course is being described as offering a genuine wow factor 25 and will be offered again in 2010.
  27. 27. Leadership and Empowerment Independent Advocacy Advocacy is one of the foundations upon which Circles Network was founded along with justice, empowerment and relationships. Perhaps because, until recently, we have been best acknowledged for the development of relationships through Circles of Support, the advocacy element of our work has gone largely unnoticed. However, our reputation in this field has grown steadily since we were contracted to Now we are confident that we have a wealth of provide independent advocacy in Glasgow as practical experience and knowledge which we long ago as 2001. could share for the benefit of other advocates and ultimately for the benefit of those who Since then we have continued to grow and need advocacy. develop our advocacy skills alongside people with mental health challenges in Glasgow, Through the Academy for Inspiring Inclusion Edinburgh and now also in Fife. we will soon be launching a range of learning opportunities related to advocacy and which The introduction of mental health legislation consider the social, technical, legal and policy which enshrines the individual’s right to requirements of the role. advocacy has seen massive growth in the area of provision and there is clearly a need for more The concept of advocacy is simple but in learning opportunities for those who choose this practice it can be a highly complex challenge! demanding but rewarding career pathway. Initially we developed courses in advocacy which were for the benefit of our team of advocates. 26
  28. 28. Leadership and Empowerment Nurtured Heart Approach In 2009 Circles Network hosted the Nurtured Heart Approach Course the first of its kind In England. Two events were run in Manchester aimed at parents, carers, teachers and professionals. People travelled from around the world to attend the course run by Howard Glasser and Tom Groves, experts that have extensively Practitioners have had extraordinary results in researched alternative methods for reducing helping parents and teachers to quickly succeed difficult behaviour in the classroom and home. in becoming extraordinarily skilful and effective in It was an inspiring week with overwhelming helping children to achieve wonderful new levels feedback and convinced Circles Network to add of competency…almost always without the need this learning experience to courses offered by for medications or long-term treatment. The Academy. Many professional practitioners believe that a The Nurtured Heart child’s intensity is a problem that needs to be Training Experience treated with medications and made to go away. Earlier this year, parents, foster carers and The Nurtured Heart technique puts parents and professionals from across the UK and from teachers into the driver’s seat and gives them the health & social care, education and the perspective and strategies to shift children into voluntary sectors were immersed in the using their intensity in beautiful ways. Nurtured Heart technique by Kathryn B. Sherrod Ph.D, Clinical Psychologist and experienced Ordinary methods of parenting and teaching Nurtured Heart Practitioner from Tennessee typically backfire with intense children. Despite and Brenda Richardson, Foster Carer and the best of intentions, the more adults attempt experienced Nurtured Heart Practitioner from normal responses, the worse the situation can Manchester. This is how Kathryn and Brenda inadvertently become. describe the Nurtured Heart Approach and what you can gain from the training experience. The culprits are the methods most people have at their disposal…not the parents, teacher, therapist Nurtured Heart is an amazing set of strategies or the child. Approaches designed for the average developed specifically for children with ADHD child are not powerful or encompassing enough. and other challenging behaviours to facilitate parenting and classroom success. These Instead of believing that you get a great deal more methods have helped thousands of families to from adults through negativity and that positive transform their child from using their intensity choices are a less certain bet, the child is moved to in primarily negative ways to believing that he or she can fully invest energy and using their intensity in beautifully intelligence in successes. 27 creative and constructive ways.
  29. 29. Leadership and Empowerment Identifying how to enable challenging Benefits from attending the Nurtured Heart children to thrive, the Nurtured Heart learning programme include: Approach is a powerful and quick way to create a new scenario of success and it has Learning about yourself and your reactions so achieved national acclaim for its results with you can maintain a calmer approach. children who have been diagnosed with: Preparation for a total mind shift - a life change! Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Understanding why conventional methods of (ADHD) parenting and teaching often fail with intense Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) children. Learning ways to enable challenging children Obsessive Compulsive Disorder to use their intensity in creative ways. Reactive Attachment Disorder Identifying how to enable challenging Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD) children to thrive. Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Other abuse, neglect and chaos related What our delegates have said: syndromes Autism. ‘It has been a great learning experience all round and I want to take it forward in many aspects of my life’. ‘That I can change and in doing so, it may hopefully help family life and relationships within the family unit’. hardson Brenda Ric lived experience shares her Kathy Sherrod visit professor from the ing USA 28
  30. 30. Leadership and Empowerment Person Centred Planning and Lifebuilding Although Circles Network have been delivering The six day Person Centred Planning and Life Person Centred Planning Courses for 15 Building Programme is Circles Network’s most years this is a continually evolving and fresh popular programme. Open courses are available programme that is constantly enriched with the across the country throughout 2010. Circles team’s experiences of disability and promoting Network also run bespoke courses to meet inclusion. This six day course provides an organisation’s particular needs. in depth exploration of the values, skills, We are currently working with Edexcel to ensure approaches and tools that can be used with this programme achieves nationally recognised individuals to create fluid, colourful and truly accreditation. original life plans. During 2009 we ran events nationwide, with a significant take up in Suffolk What our delegates say: where we have trained over 200 facilitators many of whom now contribute to the many “Excellent, with a lot of relevant Circles of Support at work across the county.The information that I can take back work of the team in Suffolk attracted great praise and apply to my work and myself.” from the partnership board and social services. 29
  31. 31. Leadership and Empowerment Circles Network Circles of Sustainability Moving Forward Climate change and the inevitable need to move to a low carbon economy will potentially present new Circles Network is poised on the verge of some ways in which individuals can be disadvantaged new and very exciting projects as we move and disengaged from society. Using a unique into 2010. These are projects that will drive our Circle of Support approach Circles Network will practitioner and management skills to new be working with communities to understand the heights, requiring new understanding and implications and opportunities created by the innovative methodologies and placing the move to a low carbon economy, and to drive the organisation in a unique position. community to work to reduce their collective carbon footprint. BBC Digital Switchover Help Scheme Professional Advocacy Training and Development Circles Network will be working with the BBC and Digital Outreach to provide advocacy and Circles Network has embarked on a programme information relating to the switchover from to gain national accreditation for The Academy’s analogue to digital television in 2010. Television training programmes, working both with can often play a vital role in preventing loneliness Edexcel and a UK University. As part of this work, or isolation and for many the loss of signal could development has begun on a range of advocacy be potentially detrimental to their wellbeing. qualifications with the aim of delivering a This innovative new project will allow Circles professional pathway from Level 2 through to a Network to work with individuals who require Masters programme. This will be the first suite of support during the switchover due to issues of age, qualifications in advocacy in the country. disability and isolation. Person Centred Service Timebanking in the Evaluation Interactive and South East of England Online Through our work with Circles of Support, we have begun to look for new ways to recognise Circles Network is extending the potential of its the contribution our volunteers make to our IPSI evaluation tool by taking this highly impactful work and the local community. The Timebank and effective process online. The methodology project seeks to address this by setting up a has been trialled and tested across many settings system where people in the community can and with a wide range of professionals and people exchange their time and skills with one another who use services. Creating an online version by using ‘Timebank Credits’. It is hoped that this now adds a new dimension to the framework by will extend our network of Circles to reach across improving access, adding new levels of guidance whole communities and encourage a new kind of for practitioners and providing data for equaliser, beyond status and money. strategic management. 30
  32. 32. Independent Auditors’ - Statement Independent Respective Auditors' - responsibilities of trustees and auditors Statement The trustees are responsible for preparing the Impact Report. To the Trustees of Circles Network Our responsibility is to report to you our opinion on the consistency of the summary financial We have examined the summary financial statement within the Impact Report with the full statement of Circles Network for the year ended annual accounts and the Trustees’ Report. We 31 March 2009 which comprise the statement also read the other information contained in the of financial activities, the balance sheet and the Impact Report and consider the implications for related notes. our report if we become aware of any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with This report is made to the charity’s trustees, the summary financial statement. as a body, in accordance with the terms of our You are responsible as trustees for the engagement. Our work has been undertaken preparation of the summary financial statement. so that we might state to the charity’s trustees We have agreed to report to you our opinion on those matters that we have agreed to state in the summarised statement’s consistency with the this report and for no other purpose. To the full financial statements, on which we reported to fullest extent permitted by law, we do not you on 11 November 2009. accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the charity and the charity’s trustees, as a body, for our work or for this report. Basis of opinion We conducted our work in accordance with Bulletin 1999/6 ‘The auditors’ statement on the summary financial statement’ issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the United Kingdom. 31
  33. 33. Independent Auditors’ - Statement For further information, the full annual accounts Opinion and the auditors’ report and the trustees’ report on those accounts should be consulted. In our opinion the summary financial statement is consistent with the full annual accounts and Copies of the full accounts are available from the Trustees’ Report for the year ended 31 March Circles Network registered office 2009. Circles Network, Potford’s Dam Farm, Coventry Road, Cawston, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV23 9JP Mazars LLP Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors These summary accounts do not constitute full The Broadway, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4PY accounts within the meaning of the Companies Act 1985 and the Charities Act 1993. 11 December 2009 A copy of the statutory accounts of the charity, Financial Summary upon which the auditors have reported without qualification, will be delivered to both Companies House and the Charity Commission. The trustees confirm that the accounts on these pages are a summary of the information extracted from the full annual accounts, which Approved by the trustees were approved on the 11 November 2009. The summary accounts may not contain and signed on their behalf: sufficient information to allow for a full understanding of the financial affairs of the charity. Eric Adams, Chairman 32
  34. 34. Statement of Financial Activities Statement of Financial Activities Unrestricted Restricted Funds Funds Total Total 2009 2009 2009 2008 for the Year Ended 31st March 2009 £ £ £ £ Incoming Resources Incoming resources from generated funds: Voluntary income 29,027 - 29,027 28,329 Investment income 4,782 - 4,782 8,301 Incoming resources from charitable 627,784 902,089 1,529,873 1,683,499 activities Total Incoming Resources 661,593 902,089 1,563,682 1,720,129 Resources Expended Costs of generating funds: 9,114 - 9,114 19,809 Charitable activities: 653,990 833,948 1,487,938 1,693,746 Governance costs: 11,456 - 11,456 12,018 Total Resources Expended 1, 1,9 674,560 833,948 1,508,508 1,725,573 Net Incoming/(Outgoing) Resources for the Year ( 12,967) 68,141 55,174 ( 5,444) Decrease/ Increase in value of investments - - - ( 8,946) Balance transfers ( 7,592) 7,592 - - Net Movement In Funds ( 20,559) 75,733 55,174 ( 14,390) Total funds at 1 April 2008 391,850 119,784 511,634 526,024 Total Funds At 31 March 2009 371,291 195,517 566,808 511,634 33
  35. 35. Statement of Financial Activities Balance Sheet at 31 March 2009 2009 2008 Fixed Assets £ £ Tangible assets 36,428 27,639 Current Assets Debtors and prepayments 159,949 173,142 Investments 212,473 202,883 Cash at bank and in hand 216,908 187,283 589,330 563,308 Current Liabilities Creditors: amounts falling due within 12 months (58,950) (79,313) Net Current Assets 530,380 483,995 Total Assets less current liabilities 566,808 511,634 Unrestricted Funds General funds 132,994 162,342 Designated funds 238,297 229,508 Restricted Funds 195,517 119,784 Total Funds 566,808 511,634 34
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