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


Who we are & what we do

Who we are

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. This is more than 6400 direct volunteering hours, equivalent to £89,500 in kind.

Where we work

Circles South West work across seven counties in the South West of England: Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Avon, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.

Most of our work takes place in the largest towns within the counties but do get in touch to find out where your nearest Circle might be.

Read more here.

* The county formerly known as Avon includes the four unitary authorities; Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire.

Our vision

Our vision is No more Victims. Circles work towards there being ‘No More Victims’ by reducing emotional loneliness; modelling appropriate adult relationships; supporting their safe integration; and holding the individual to account for their behaviour.

The Circle represents a community engaging with, rather than rejecting, someone trying to live without harming, putting local volunteers at its heart.

Our Funders