Adapted Circles – supporting individuals with Autism and/or Intellectual Disability in the community

Circles South East is an extremely successful community initiative working with groups of volunteers to support, monitor and maintain registered sex offenders in the community. Our aim is to reduce reoffending and therefore reduce the number of victims.

Working in partnership with the Police and Probation services in Hampshire and Thames Valley, we are adapting our support package to specifically support individuals with Autism and/or an Intellectual Disability.

We are recruiting volunteers who can combine an empathic approach with the ability to maintain firm boundaries and challenge inappropriate attitudes and behaviour. Volunteers should be able to commit to supporting one individual for a couple of hours a week as part of a group for a two year period. Volunteering opportunities are available across Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire. Training and supervision are provided and expenses are paid.

We are looking for empathetic individuals from all walks of life, who have an interest in community safety, and who themselves have a firm set of personal boundaries. Due to the nature of our work we are unable to accept volunteers under the age of 21. We provide full training and therefore other than a desire to work in this field and with this client group no skills or experience are required.

Contact: Rowena Lewis, Adapted Circles Co-ordinator on: 01235 816050 / 07721239937 or e-mail: info@htvcircles.org.uk