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The Circular - News Roundup

The Circular - News Roundup

Circles Animation

Those of you who were present at the Circles UK National Conference last October will remember the powerful animation, "A Friend to Circles", which we were privileged to be able to show.  The animation was created by a Core Member (offender) from the Circles of Support and Accountability project in Northumbria, with Melanie Hani from Sunderland University. The Northumbria Circles project, which commenced in 2010, is funded for three years by the Northern Rock Foundation, in partnership with the Police, the Probation Service, the University of Sunderland and is managed by Barnardo’s.

The film was created as part of research reviewing the effectiveness of animation in protecting and safeguarding children through preventative creative processes whilst working with high risk sex offenders.  The film and preproduction process represented the Core Member’s life experiences, identified the projects effectiveness and provided a platform for the Core Member to identify his individuality and risks whilst providing censorship for the individuals. 
As well as being well received at the Circles UK National Conference, the film has been received at the COSA Conference in Ireland,The NSPCC Ireland, Yorkshire and Humberside Circles Conference and the NATO International Conference, Brighton.  It has been widely peer reviewed by members of parliament, Lord Blair, directors and chiefs of the probation service and police force, Dr Deborah Lee (Consultant Clinical Psychologist), David Prescott (Becket Programs of Maine, USA) and Dr Ruth Mann (NOMS) to name a few.

If you are interested in accessing the animation or would like more information, please contact  melanie.hani@sunderland.ac.uk.

New Faces

In the current climate it is particularly encouraging that a number of Circles Projects have been successful in securing funding to allow them to appoint additional Coordinators and expand their geographical coverage.  In Yorkshire & Humberside Circles we welcome two new faces, with Caroline Collins coordinating Circles in North Yorkshire while Gavin Ledner has recently been appointed in Humberside.  Hampshire & Thames Valley Circles have been able to expand their operation to include Kent, and have appointed new Coordinator Ian Mill.  We’re also pleased to announce that as a result of funding secured from offender health, Northumbria Circles will be expanding their project to cover Durham and the Tees Valley and as a result they will be changing their name to North East Circles.
We are also pleased to welcome a new face to the Circles UK team.  Leah Warwick, who brings with her a wealth of experience from her career in the Probation Service, will be joining Circles UK on a part time basis from April in the role of National Support Officer while Kerry Earnshaw is on maternity leave.

All Going Swimmingly...

Well done to Circles South West Trustee Tony Davies, who took the plunge with a 2.5km swim to raise money for the Charity, which delivers Circles of Support and Accountability across Devon, Cornwall, Avon, Somerset, WIltshire, Gloucestershire and Dorset.  To read the full press release, click here; if you would like to donate to Circles South West, click here.

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