Volunteering with Circles South East
Circles South East has been recruiting, training and supervising volunteers to contribute to work carried out in the field of sexual abuse since 2002. In that time we have worked with over a thousand volunteers. Some people think you need specialist knowledge or experience to undertake this work safely and effectively. While we welcome relevant experience it is not necessary. Actually what we are seeking is people from all walks of life who are reliable, empathic, boundaried and able to commit to the work for two to three hours a week. Please refer to the Volunteer Role Specification document for more information.
Our dedicated staff team provide all the training, support and expertise necessary so that volunteers enjoy a challenging but ultimately rewarding experience. Training is free and all expenses incurred through volunteering with us are paid.
The following volunteering opportunities are on offer:
- Circles of Support and Accountability – available in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Kent, Northamptonshire and London
- Mentoring – available in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex
- Adapted Circles (Transforming Care) available in Hertfordshire
- Youth Circles – available in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire
- Forums for survivors – pilot programme. Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire.
National Open College Network
All Circles South East’s volunteer training is certificated. As well as this, the Big Lottery has funded the national rollout of our OCN volunteer qualification. Those who wish to can enrol on the course which is free. Essentially OCN volunteers are asked to keep a journal which evidences understanding of the two day initial training process, and reflections on the first three months of a Circle. Journals are marked by CSE tutors, verified and certificated (equivalent to NVQ level 2) by the NOCN.
We have been offering a limited counselling service for all those impacted by sexual abuse for some time. Lottery funding has now allowed us to extend the service to the whole of our region.
If you would like to refer someone for counselling, or to talk to someone about the service, please contact the office using contact details provided.
If you are interested in becoming one of our volunteer counsellors please note that you will need to be fully qualified with at least 100 hours of clinically supervised counselling and have BACP (or similar) membership. We offer induction training, opportunities to expand knowledge and experience, supplementary training (towards CPD) and expenses.
Find out More!
For more information about the services above please visit the relevant section of the site. If you would like to speak with a member of the Circles team please contact us.
T: 01235 816050
Circles South East is an organisation dedicated to equal opportunities.
Volunteer Application Forms
If you would like to apply please click the download button below the application forms, complete and return to the e-mail address above: