What Circles has helped to remind me is that we are all human beings made up of many facets of interests, skills and personalities. John isn’t a sex offender, he is someone who at one part of his life committed sex offences. There is substantial difference in these views. The former denies someone’s humanity and the later affirms it.
Circles Volunteer, Circles of Support & Accountability

 

I was really suspicious when I first heard about Circles. I couldn’t understand why members of the public wanted to meet me other than to get at me. From the first meeting I was told why each person was there and understood that they, like me, wanted no more victims.
Circles Core Member, Circles of Support & Accountability

 

I was given dignity, which built up my confidence and self-esteem.
Buddy Service User, The Buddy Project

 

I look forward to meeting up, something to do each week
Buddy Service User

 

It’s a great chance to tell local people about the jobs we do in here.
Prisoner, HMP Haverigg, The Seagull Newspaper

 

The allotment has been a lifeline for me.
Allotment Service User, Horticultural Project, Allotment

 

I want to thank you and the whole allotment team for letting me get involved and making me feel really welcome. It really helped me during that time as I really enjoyed it and it was starting to cheer me up again. Thank you for helping me.
Allotment Service User, Horticultural Project, Allotment