Hear from the volunteers what Circles is really about in this 4 min video.
By local people, for local people. A Safer Community
Circles could not exist without community involvement. Geographically Yorkshire, Humberside and Lincolnshire covers more than 8500 square miles. At YHLCOSA we recognise that to be a true community response to sexual abuse it’s paramount that we stay connected to the communities we serve.
Our core members tell us repeatedly that volunteers are the magic ingredient of Circles. The fact that people from the local community are prepared to put time aside to spend time with them is incredibly valuable giving them a sense of involvement, belonging and responsibility for their behaviour that many have never had before.
All our volunteers are community members and the Coordinators work hard to match volunteers to a Circle to ensure it is as reflective of the core members local community as possible. This ensures that the core member learns to engage with a variety of different people that they may meet in everyday life.
Local leadership and responsibility: a joined-up community response to ensuring 'no more victims'
In each of our 5 areas a local ‘steering group’ is hosted quarterly. Steering groups consist of a variety of people local to that operating area. Representatives from Police, Probation, victim services, faith groups, community groups, universities, current Circles volunteers are all invited.
The steering groups discuss specific local operational issues. For instance, where should the next Circle be prioritised, or why is a particular area not asking for a Circle?