Circle Volunteer
Volunteer Types: Companionship/Visiting, Mentoring, Special events and festivals
Organization types: Criminal Justice, Human Rights and Civil Liberties, Poverty/Social Justice
Ongoing (more than a year)
Application Deadline: May 31, 2024
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Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) Ottawa is a community-based reintegration program, based on restorative justice principles – articulated by its twin mottoes: No More Victims and No One is Disposable – for people who have been incarcerated for committing sexual offences and are returning to the community. ‘Core Members’ participate in the program voluntarily and are committed to leading an offence-free life.

A ‘circle’ of two to four trained and screened volunteers (age 21+) are assigned to a Core Member and meet regularly as a group and 1on1 (for a minimum period of one year, which is renewable), helping the Core Member with reintegration issues, and challenging problematic thoughts and behaviours that may lead to relapsing.

If you’re interested in being a part of this initiative, join our spring training! The sessions will take place (by Zoom and in person) on week day evenings from 6-8pm (dates TBD). Following these sessions, we will conduct volunteer screening (interview and references checked), and successful applicants will be required to obtain a Police Check (cost minimized for CoSA volunteers). Approved volunteers will then proceed to a final session and will be assigned to a circle when an opportunity arises, at which time the one-year term begins.

Attending the training does not obligate participants to become a circle volunteer – all are welcome to learn about the wonder of CoSA!

How will this opportunity benefit the volunteer?
The volunteer will gain valuable experience providing support and accountability to a person released from prison by role-modelling pro-social behaviour and good decision-making. This allows volunteers (citizens) to be 'part of the solution!'
How will the organization benefit?
CoSA and the wider community benefit greatly from volunteers' contributions. When volunteers invest their time and effort with our clients, the core members' risk of relapsing (reoffending) is reduced fulfilling our goal of No More Victims.
Volunteer location:
Our office is located at 211 Bronson Ave (Unit 231). However, our circle group meetings are held at a centrally-located church, and by virtual means.


Kathleen Weedmark
@Circles of Support and Accountability - Ottawa
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This position would be great for: Adults, Seniors (65+), Young Adults (19-24)
Number of Positions Available: 15
Good for people interested in: Companionship/Visiting, Mentoring, Special events and festivals
You will be helping with: Disadvantaged, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Indigenous persons, Homeless, LGBTQI2+, Men, Persons with disabilities or medical conditions, Seniors, Visible minorities or racialized persons, Women

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  • Police record check required
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