The Lucy Faithfull Foundation is celebrating 20 years of protecting children from abuse, and 10 years of Circles and the Stop It Now! Campaign and Helpline Find out more
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation (LFF) is one of the original Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) pilot projects funded by the Home Office. We started our first Circles in 2002, and together with the Hampshire and Thames Valley Circles Project helped to pioneer and establish CoSA in the UK.
Since 2002 we have set up and maintained more than 40 Circles. The majority of these have been centrally funded, in collaboration with statutory agencies and MAPPA. Others have received funding from charitable trusts in addition to one-off Circles we have successfully provided on behalf of faith communities.
Current service delivery
At the moment we are running circles in London and the West Midlands. This year we have embarked on a new collaboration with Staffordshire West Midlands Probation Trust and Heanton Housing.
The Ministry of Justice funded Circles between 2005 and 2010. All Circles now need to secure their own funding.
We remain committed to the development of Circles nationally and can set up and run Circles anywhere in the country, and are keen to collaborate with other Circles projects, statutory agencies, voluntary groups and faith communities to establish new Circles projects. Our staff have a wealth of experience in all aspects of Circle activity including volunteer recruitment and training and core member selection and assessment.
We are a full member of Circles UK and as such comply with the Circles UK “Code of Practice” and “Practice Guidelines”.
LFF Circles are designed to offer support to the core member at the same time as holding him/her accountable for their actions. Volunteers act as a safety net for both the core member and the community.
We believe that by helping the core member to develop healthy adult relationships, it is possible to maximise the chances of the core member successfully reintegrating into society and living a “good life”, preventing further harm to children. To achieve this, LFF works collaboratively with the statutory agencies, MAPPA and Circles UK the umbrella organisation for CoSA.
Being a volunteer
Qualifications and or previous experience are not required to become a LFF Circles volunteer, except that you must be over 21-years-old. We have volunteers from all walks of life, from a barrister to a vicar and from a furniture-maker to a young mum. Anyone wanting to volunteer will be given full training and will be CRB checked. Once you are part of CoSA you will have access to on-going support from the LFF.
If you would like to discuss a “one off” Circle for a potential core member or a potential Circles project or just want more information about our Circles, how to volunteer and where we are recruiting please contact the Lucy Faithfull Foundation on 01372 847160 or use the contact form below