Now that a detailed vision had been developed, along with a values base upon which it would stand and with costings attached, practical work began on turning the vision into a reality.
To this end the larger circle split up into smaller working groups. Each subgroup looked at specific tasks identified through the consultation process as areas to prioritise in this stage of planning for Adam’s move. Circle members chose to be involved in a smaller group based on their skills and interests. Adam’s parents were not necessarily involved with every sub circle. Each group met between the larger circle meetings then reported back to the group (every six weeks). If there were any questions that needed more discussion, these were raised before the next round of meetings.
The groups started off with a paid facilitator (to help establish goals and effective functioning and use of time) but soon became self sufficient, with a nominated lead person in each group. The groups evolved as new areas of action were identified. Some of the sub groups dealt with: Communication, Housemates, House and Safeguards.