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Circles South West is an independent charity established in 2010. We work in close partnership with health, police, probation and youth offending services, uniquely providing Circles of Support and ...

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Community Circles volunteer

Community Circles volunteer

Organisation role · 2–3 hrs/Week · Starting from 17 Jan 2023
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Our Vision...
No more victims of sexual abuse.

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Driven by our aspiration to prevent sexual abuse, we are a professional, forward-thinking independent charity, led by capable and committed people. Central to our delivery are carefully selected and trained volunteers who support, and hold accountable, people who have sexually harmed others, contributing to their safe integration into local communities.

As a volunteer with Circles South West you will be making an important contribution to preventing further sexual abuse by helping reduce the risk of sexual offending by known perpetrators. Circles give ‘core member’ a safe space to spend time with volunteers from their local community who have knowledge of their harmful behaviour and risk. Many core members suffer from social isolation, emotional loneliness and limited social skills. The Circle gives these individuals the opportunity to develop communication skills and to have any distorted thinking challenged.

Community circles are for adult core members who have been convicted of sexual offence(s) or engaged in harmful sexual behaviour and have been referred to us by police, probation or health services. Each circle is managed by a local coordinator who is an experienced criminal justice professional. They will work closely with you to ensure the safety and success of your circle.

Circle meetings take place weekly, on the same day in the same location for a period of approximately 12 months. (If you cannot commit to 12 months please ask about our shorter Reboot opportunities) We ask that you can commit to this time frame when applying. Circles meet in a central, risk-assessed location, such as a community venue, for between 1-2 hours. Meeting are usually held in the afternoons or evenings and your circle will be made up of 4-5 local volunteers.

Circles require volunteers to submit minutes of the meeting as well as other small admin tasks and so we ask that you be IT proficient and bear in mind this will be a small extra time consideration on top of your meeting time. Travel and other expenses are paid and you will require two references and an enhanced DBS check (which we will provide).

We have volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life and welcome applications from anyone over the age of 18. Volunteer must have a mature outlook and good communication skills. They will combine an empathic approach with the ability to maintain firm boundaries.

It is not necessary to have experience in this field, or to have volunteered previously. Our circles are made up of people from the community and not professionals. It is more important that you are committed, reliable and trustworthy.

To equip you for this role, we provide a two-day specialist training and assessment event with other prospective volunteers, ongoing professional support and reimbursed expenses. Your appointment requires satisfactory references and an Enhanced DBS Check.

You will need access to a computer or laptop to fulfil the admin part of this role. It would be helpful if you were proficient in Word and able to use e-mail.

You will need to be able to travel to Taunton for our 2 day training and assessment weekend.

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What we will provide to volunteers

💸 Reimbursement of costs🤝 Extra support
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About Circles South West

Circles South West is an independent charity established in 2010. We work in close partnership with health, police, probation and youth offending services, uniquely providing Circles of Support and Accountability across South West England. We are 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. Last year we coordinated 58 Circles of Support and Accountability, involving more then 200 volunteers around the region.

Circles South West is an independent, regional charity working in partnership with statutory services across the South West to reduce sexual harm. We do this by providing 'Circles of Support and Accountability' ('Circles') to monitor and support people who have sexually harmed in Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Avon, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.

An innovative community response to the endemic problem of sexual abuse in our communities, a Circle comprises 4 or 5 community volunteers who are trained, supported and supervised by professionals.

The Circle meets frequently for 12-18 months, assisting the Core Member to establish an independent life-style which is free from crime. Volunteers both encourage the Core Member and hold him/her to account, reporting back to the public protection agencies.

Our mission is ‘No More Victims’ and reducing reoffending is our objective.