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30th January 2020

Circles South West recruits new Devon & Cornwall Coordinator

Working alongside Jamie Stephenson, John joins us after a long and illustrious career in probation. A professionally qualified Probation Officer, John has extensive knowledge and experience in criminal justice, gained […]

17th January 2020

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6th January 2020

Circles South West welcomes new Circles Coordinator for Dorset

Neil Claughton has joined us as the Circles Coordinator for Dorset and will manage our existing Circles in the County as well as leading on our newest initiative, Prison/Through The […]

2nd December 2019

Circles documentary journalist wins award for her work

Adele Robinson’s documentary ‘Special Report: Inside the Circle’ described how Circles of Support and Accountability uses community volunteers to help prevent sexual harm. The documentary questions many of the negative […]

12th November 2019

Cornwall’s Pirate FM interviews CSW about the newly published MAPPA statistics

This week our Circles Coordinator for Devon & Cornwall spoke to Cornwall’s Pirate FM about what the figures mean and more broadly about our work with people who have sexually […]

1st November 2019

Circles South West inspires local playwright

Maz spoke to us about what inspired her, the premise of the play and her plans for the play’s future. I have been a Circles South West Volunteer for just […]

18th October 2019

New Vacancies Announced

Circles South West is an independent charity that works to prevent sexual abuse by reducing the risk of sexual re-offending through its innovative community-based approach. We provide Circles of Support […]

1st October 2019

Circles South West welcome guest trainer Matthew Trerise on Autism

We were delighted to welcome Matthew Trerise, a specialist trainer with 15 years of experience in supporting people with Autism Spectrum Conditions. He currently works for a nationally recognised specialist […]

19th September 2019

We Are Recruiting

Circles South West is an independent charity that works to prevent sexual abuse by reducing the risk of sexual re-offending through its innovative community-based approach. As part of our sustainability […]

14th September 2019

Circles South West 2019 AGM

Our AGM was held on 12th September in Taunton to hear about our achievement of the previous year and enjoy presentations from some of our esteemed guests. The day began […]

23rd August 2019

Voice: A core member’s story

Firstly, I had better tell you a little bit about me. I’ve been in prison twice for sexual offences and the second time was for an escalation in offences. However, […]

8th August 2019

Circles South West’s AGM 2019

This year’s meeting will take place in Taunton on Thursday 12th September and we would be delighted to welcome anyone interested in our work. In 2018-19 we coordinated 55 Circles […]

1st August 2019

Read all about it: 2018-19 headlines and highlights

We recommend that you read all about it here in our 2018-19 Annual Report CSW Annual Report 2018-19 Short on time? Take a whistle-stop tour of the main headlines and […]

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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