How Does It Work?
ACSYL simply builds on the work families already do to support their loved ones. We provide a way of extending this safety net by formalising a circle of support (a personal network).
The circle supports the individual by bringing together the people who are already in his or her life (friends, family, acquaintances), and finding ways to introduce new people on the basis of shared passions and interests.
Circles of support meet regularly to understand the focus person's strengths, aspirations and needs. ACSYL recognises that autonomy, competence and connectedness are basic psychological needs, essential for well-being. The emphasis in circle meetings is always on listening to and empowering the person at the centre. Circle members may also come together socially: for celebrations, joining fun things in the community, and trying new activities.
In short: ACSYL's main role is to make it easy for people to stay in touch, so that when something big arises, the focus person knows who to contact and how.
This enables individuals to continue to live well and be cared for even after their parents have gone.