|Name:||Circles South West Volunteer (Devon)|
|Organisation:||Circles South West|
|Location:||Various Locations, Mutley Plain, Plymouth, PL4 6JG|
We use various locations around the city but our focus is on Mutley Plain. We use public buildings like church halls, meeting rooms etc.
Circles South West helps the Police and Probation to make local communities safer by holding to account offenders convicted of sexual offences. Circles of four or five volunteers work with an offender (known as the 'Core Member') in a 'Circle of Support and Accountability', meeting them on a regular basis to monitor their behaviour and support their reintegration into the community.
A Circle is there to:
• Understand and help maintain the Core Member’s treatment objectives
• Model appropriate relationships
• Assist with conflict resolution
• Provide both support and accountability
• Provide practical assistance
• Monitor and help maintain the Core Member in the community
• Work in partnership with statutory agencies
The most effective Circles are those that meet frequently over an extended period of time. We therefore ask Volunteers to commit to a couple of hours per week for 12-18 months.
To equip volunteers for this challenging and very rewarding role, we provide full initial training, advanced training, ongoing professional support/supervision and expenses reimbursed. Appointments requires a satisfactory DBS check and references. These opportunities are located across Devon.
Launched in the UK in 2002, Circles of Support and Accountability projects operate nationwide. Circles South West, an independent regional charity was established in 2010.
Circles South West has the support of the statutory services which work with offenders, in particular, Police and Probation. Circles contribute to the risk management of offenders by working with these agencies to monitor those offenders who give cause for concern. The charity's main resource is its volunteers who act as the 'eyes and ears' of their community. They often become involved because they want to protect the children and vulnerable adults in that community. All Circle projects have the same aim: No More Victims.
Circles' volunteers are from all walks of life. They are emotionally stable and approachable people who have a mature outlook. They combine an empathic approach with the ability to maintain firm boundaries.