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25th June 2019

Our most vital asset: our volunteers

Volunteers are the life blood of Circles South West and we regularly ask them to review our practices through their experience. It allows us to see where any improvements can […]

7th June 2019

In Profile: CSW Volunteer Coordinator

So what is the Volunteer Coordinator’s role within Circles South West? The Volunteer Coordinator role is really the first face of Circles South West. I’m the first contact that potential […]

5th June 2019

Circles South West featured by BBC Spotlight

Anna interviewed one of our Dorset volunteers who has participated in three Circles and talked about the purpose of Circles and the importance of the service provided. She also spoke […]

5th June 2019

Bidding farewell to our Somerset Coordinator

After 6 years Kate is off to pastures new. She will be sorely missed by both staff and volunteers alike. After training in the early 80s Kate worked as a […]

27th May 2019

In depth: Working with a female core member

Determining the prevalence of female perpetrated sexual offending is difficult and has long been under-recognised and under-researched and remains the subject of much debate amongst academics. Historically, there has been […]

23rd May 2019

CoSA are “an important part of a community-led, strengths-based and restorative approach to reducing the risk of future sexual abuse” concludes independent evaluation

In 2016 CSW was awarded a 3 year grant by the National Lottery Community Fund to develop, establish and evaluate 3 new pilot projects, adapting the tried and tested Circles […]

30th April 2019

Circles South West Volunteers: Who Volunteers For Us?

It may come as no surprise to you that more women volunteer with us than men, by a majority of 3:1. We have always had an easier time attracting women […]

17th April 2019

Exclusive documentary about Circles on Sky News today, 17th April 2019

We are proud that a Circles South West Circle features prominently and are enormously grateful to the volunteers and core member who enabled this. We are grateful too, to the […]

21st March 2019

As we say goodbye to Bob, we welcome Alastair: reflections on a volunteer training weekend

The delegates arrived early as, unusually, the motorway seemed clear and smooth running. Everyone immediately entered into the spirit of cooperation and camaraderie and this atmosphere continued throughout the weekend. […]

27th February 2019

Circles South West commended in national prisoner re-integration award

The innovative risk management approach compliments and supports the work of public protection agencies, helping to facilitate the safe integration of people into the community. Recycling Lives, a social business […]

15th February 2019

A 6 month snapshot of our work

In the 6 months between May and November 2018 we coordinated 31 Circles across the region. This first chart shows those Circles by area. The second shows the  those Circles […]

6th February 2019

Circles South West plan Dorset volunteer ‘get-together’

This has been very welcome news as Dorset was one of the original areas which fostered and promoted the work of Circles. Circles South West has always had a strong […]

30th January 2019

PCC funding saves Dorset Circles of Support & Accountability

It has been a turbulent year for our Dorset Project. When Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) match-funding for the half-time coordinator seconded by the National Probation Service (NPS) ceased in […]

15th January 2019

Congratulations to Circles South West: “a wonderful review result”

“A wonderful review result… Well done on an excellent achievement! Riana Taylor, CEO, Circles UK, December 2018 The Review Report concluded that: “It is clear that CSW pride themselves on […]

9th January 2019

Wondering what Circles South West has been up to in the last 6 months?

In our December 2018 newsletter you can find out about: our multi-faceted and very successful Volunteer Conference the ‘shape’ of our work in 2018 our 2018 Dorset journey with new […]

13th December 2018

Circles South West launch their new website

This year we have been working with the company The Group of Seven to update our printed information, with them creating a unique template that we now are taking forward […]

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