Circles are looking to recruit volunteers in Gloucestershire to work in a group ('Circle') with an individual sex offender, challenging their attitudes and behaviours, mentoring and supporting them to try to ensure they do not re-offend. Circle meetings are initially weekly, then fortnightly, and the work is done in close collaboration with Police and Probation Services. Volunteers talk about 'carefully balancing our role of support and 'watchdog'' and have said that the work is 'challenging, critical and rewarding'. Vital training and professional support is given to all volunteers.
What are they looking for?
No formal qualifications are needed, but volunteers need to be non-judgmental, emotionally mature, trustworthy and well balanced individuals who are committed to the principles of restorative justice.
When: Variable times
Age requirements: Over 18
About Circles of Support and Accountability-southwest
Circles of Support and Accountability are an innovative and successful community contribution to reducing sexual offending, and hence making communities safer. They offer a practical way for communities to take responsibility for the re-integration of offenders. Funded by the Ministry of Justice, but heavily reliant on fundraising, they operate in fifteen areas of the UK.
Circles South West was established in 2010 after two successful pilot projects had been completed in the region. They are rightly proud of the fact that, substantially against the odds, none of the men who have participated in this region has been convicted of further sexual offences.
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