Circles South West currently seeking Volunteers to help prevent sexual abuse

Circles South West is an independent charity (No. 1138726) established in 2010. The charity works in close partnership with health, police, probation and youth offending services, uniquely providing Circles of Support and Accountability across South West England. It is the only recognised partner of the Ministry of Justice and statutory agencies/MAPPA, providing specialist support and accountability to enhance the management of people who have sexually offended in the community.

Circles South West is currently seeking volunteers to join its Circle of Support and Accountability and has provided the following details below. Many thanks to Jo Burden, Chief Executive of Circles South West for asking us to share details. Please forward to anyone in your contact networks who may be interested in volunteering or finding out more.

“Volunteer to help prevent sexual abuse

“As a Volunteer in a ‘Circle of Support and Accountability’, you’ll make an important contribution to creating a safer community and preventing sexual abuse by helping reduce the risk of further sexual offending by a known perpetrator.

A Circle of Support and Accountability is a small group of carefully trained and selected Volunteers who meet regularly with an individual convicted of sexual offences. Volunteers hold the individual to account for their behaviour, supporting their safe integration into the community. They work closely with the responsible statutory organisations – police, probation and prisons.

Circles South West needs more Circle Volunteers from all walks of life – adults who are approachable, emotionally stable and with a mature outlook. The ability to maintain firm boundaries is essential. Circle Volunteers commit around 2-4 hours per week for 12-18 months. We provide full training, ongoing professional support and reimburse expenses. Appointment is dependent on suitability assessment, satisfactory references and an Enhanced DBS Check.

Circles South West is now recruiting new Volunteers across the South West region for training and assessment in early 2021.

Find out more here About volunteering – Circles South West (circles-southwest.org.uk) or contact Lucy on 07738 947988 or at volunteering@circlessw.org.uk

Circles South West is a registered charity operating in Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Avon, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire.”