Delivering circles of support and accountability to protect communities from sexual harm and sexual reoffending


Our most vital asset: our volunteers

With the publication of our Final Evaluation Report we thought it was important to look at the part that covers 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 be made, as well as looking at the difference that volunteering brings to their lives.

With this in mind the report finds:

“CSW volunteers are not only contributing to the core members’ lives, but are also an important asset to the wider community. Volunteers gain high-quality training and experience in social and criminal justice work, and contribute thousands of hours of their time to preventing reoffending” (Final Evaluation Report, March 2019, p.57)

The evaluation also found that (Ibid, p.53ff):

We’re delighted that our volunteers are so positive about their experiences and this shows in the numbers who decide to continue to a second or third circle, and in some cases and even higher number than that.

We regularly keep in contact with our volunteers to gain their feedback, and we’ll be sure to share future survey results with you here on our news page.

If you’d like to join our dedicated and skilled volunteers, to be a part of a CSW circle, don’t hesitate to learn more and apply on the website.

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