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South West England

Welcome to Circles South West: Join us!

Circles South West logoCircles South West is an independent regional charity. Since 2010 we have been providing Circles of Support and Accountability across South West England for people convicted of sexual offences. More recently we have adapted the model to provide Circles for adults with intellectual disabilities and for young people with harmful sexual behaviour. Our vision is there being No More Victims.

“Circles of Support and Accountability assist in the reintegration of sexual offenders into the community by providing pro-social support, role-modelling, a positive platform and grounded assistance. [Circles] provide social and emotional support to the Core Members…. [who are] in a stronger position to live offence free in the community than at the beginning of their Circle” Independent Evaluator

In 2016/17 we coordinated 44 Circles across the south west region involving more than 170 community volunteers, who between them volunteered more than 5000 hours. This translates to a community contribution of more than £74,000.

“It would have been extremely difficult to address my issues without the help and support of my Circle. It is possible to review issues within the statutory framework of the police and probation but the different emphasis and, most importantly, the time provided by my Circle, enabled me to look deeper and to minimise the chances of getting back into a spiral of negative thoughts and fantasy and hence to avoid having any further victims. This has to be the primary aim. Core Member

We need more adult Volunteers from all walks of life who are approachable and emotionally stable with a mature outlook. The ability to maintain firm boundaries is essential. Volunteers are asked to commit around 2 hours per week for 12-18 months. We provide full training, ongoing professional support and reimburse expenses. Appointment is dependent on satisfactory references and an Enhanced DBS Check. Find out more about volunteering here www.circles-uk-volunteers.org.  For an application pack contact Lucy at Circles South West on 07738 947988 or at volunteering@circlessw.org.uk.

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The innovation of the Circles model is its mobilisation of volunteers as the core element of the solution to a profoundly damaging community problem Police and Crime Commissioner.

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We are grateful to our funders including various Trusts and Foundations; Police & Crime Commissioners, National Probation Service, NHS and Local Authorities.

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Abbey House/Abbey Square
Reading RG1 3BE
United Kingdom
 
0118 950 0068
 
http://circles-uk.org.uk/

 

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Circles UK, as the umbrella charity for Circles Projects across England Wales can provide information on the availability of Circles across England and Wales and how to volunteer for our work. Circles UK itself does not provide advice or counselling. In a situation when anyone contacting us provides identifying information and raises our concerns that a child is at risk, or a criminal offence has been committed of which the police may be unaware, we will pass that information onto the appropriate agencies.