Circle Stories – Fiona Dawson

Circle Stories – Fiona Dawson

Fiona Dawson started building her circle in 2014 and had regular meetings at her mum’s house. These meetings gave her the opportunity to discuss her future with a group of friends and with her mum. Fiona is very determined and has very clear goals which she is happy to share with her circle. Her circle members are happy to listen to the plans and ideas she has and make suggestions or offer support if needed.

In February 2017 Fiona moved into her own flat which was a huge transition for her. She was very excited about having her first circle meeting in her own home but had to wait for furniture and for some formal support to be put in place to help with independent living skills. She decorated her flat with some of the artwork she has done over the years. When everything was in place her community connector organised a meeting and her circle members came along with house warming gifts. Fiona was delighted to show them round her new home.

Her circle meet up regularly in her flat and some members have taken on individual roles such as helping with maintenance, form filling and other practical things that come with living in your own house. She also meets up once a month with two of her circle members in Glasgow. One of the biggest things Fiona said about having a circle is that she enjoys sharing her news about the things that are happening in her life such as winning the SCLD sports personality of the year award and securing a new swimming coach job.