It feels just like yesterday we were gearing up for the schools returning after summer, and now, we are preparing for Christmas!

As always things at Circle have been incredibly busy. Alongside the colder temperatures and darker nights this time of year brings with it: funding applications. As with my general experience of buses in Edinburgh they never seem to come along on their own, it is two or more together. This is the case with applications this year so far and I have to say the team pulled out all the stops to make sure high-quality applications were submitted. Now we must wait for the outcome to see what the impact will be for families and the teams within Circle – it’s unfortunately a never-ending cycle within the third sector.

Circle families embrace Halloween fun!

Circle families attended Halloween events in several of our services and I can assure you the staff team enjoyed these events as much as the families (<—- here are some snapshots of our teams!) – keen to dress up and provide fabulous Halloween related activities. You’ll read more about Halloween parties in this newsletter and if you want more regular updates, please join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Supporting families tackling the cost-of-living crisis

We know the cost-of-living crisis continues to put pressure on families’ budgets. Along with the impact of fuel costs, families across Scotland continue to have to choose between food on the table and heat. Here at Circle, we are working with local organisations to identify ways to ensure we can provide a variety of food options for families to access alongside, fuel cards.  I anticipate as Christmas approaches things will only become harder and January beyond and belts can only be tightened so far.  We have some donated resources to help any family, as and when they need it, if we possibly can and I’ve been hearing the creative ways teams have been making this happen for families.

Although it feels a little early, as I write this mid- November, I would like to wish you all the very best over the Christmas period and wish you and your family the very best for 2024!

Find out more about what has been happening in our services in our Project Updates.