Making a stand for what matters

    We cannot expect others to change if we cannot follow our own advice. That is why our values of integrity, innovation, inspiration and inclusion matter so much to every one of us.


    Restoring people and communities

    We ensure people who commit crime take responsibility for the harm they have caused but also help them learn how to rebuild their lives and their relationships with their communities.


    “Do it with me –
    not to me or for me!”

    It is by having someone who believes in you until you can believe in yourself, and by working together, that you can gradually find solutions to the challenge of change.


    Making services more accessible

    We are locating some of our services in community hubs. This enables our rehabilitation work to be more effective because our service users can access a range of support all in one place.



    Tailored services delivering lasting change

    By delivering innovative services which target the different needs of people on probation, we are learning to be more effective in supporting positive change.


    Rehabilitation for Women

    Women often have different causes for offending; and may also be looking after children. By responding to women’s needs our specialist centres are highly effective at enabling change.


    Creating joined-up rehabilitation

    We work with many different partners in the public, voluntary and private sectors. We each bring our own skills and together we give people a holistic package of support for rehabilitation.


    Equipping people for resettlement

    Through Community Payback projects, development programmes and training in employment skills we enable people to regain self-respect and their place in society.

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    Understanding family backgrounds

    The law needs to treat people as individuals accountable for their actions. But, in reality, we all belong to families and groups. By understanding this we make our rehabilitation more effective.


    Changing the
    habit of crime

    This year we were given the remit to work with people on less than 12 month prison sentences. We are starting to make a difference in reducing reoffending in this group.

Key Documents

BGSW CRC Brochure

Please take a look at our new brochure which sets out our vision and priorities for this year.


June 20, 2014

What's New


Awards for Wiltshire quartet

Four probation workers from Wiltshire have been praised for their work and commitment by the High Sheriff of Wiltshire, Lady Sarah Gooch. Lady Gooch visited Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Community Rehabilitation Company’s (BGSW CRC) Chippenham office in February to present the High Sheriff of Wiltshire Award for service user engagement and commitment to good outcomes for service users. Find out more

February 29, 2016
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Offenders helping to breathe new life into derelict track

Groups of offenders are helping to breathe new life into a former athletics track in Bristol. The ageing Whitchurch Stadium athletics track in Bamfield, Hengrove, is being redeveloped into a Family Cycling Centre by Bristol City Council. Teams of six to eight service users are on site three times a week, clearing huge amounts of rubbish, fly-tipping and overgrown greenery from the area to bring it back to some of its former glory. Find out more

February 26, 2016

Offenders brighten up railway stations and hospital wards

Groups of offenders are helping to brighten up railway stations and hospital wards in the south west as part of their Community Payback activity. Offenders completing community sentences with Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Community Rehabilitation Partnership (BGSW CRC) have been planting daffodils at Worle and Weston Milton stations, then picking some to give to patients receiving palliative care at the Solihull Hospice as part of the Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal campaign. Find out more

February 23, 2016

Criminal justice chiefs join forces to discuss young review

SENIOR figures from across the South West have met to discuss the next steps in a bid to improve outcomes for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) offenders in the region.

Police and Crime Commissioners, Chief Constables, members of the Black Police Association and other criminal justice system workers attended a roundtable discussion on the findings of The Young Review on Monday 25 January. Find out more


January 28, 2016
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Trio Land Commendation For Offender Autism Project

Three criminal justice system workers have been commended by a leading industry body for their work in helping to diagnose and help offenders with autism in the south west.

Andrew Murray of Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Community Rehabilitation Company (BGSW CRC), Lisa Potter of Working Links (previously of BGSW CRC) and Dr Sue Smith of SEQOL (the social enterprise delivering adult social care in Swindon) have been recognised for their leadership of the Understanding Autism Project by the Butler Trust. Find out more here

January 14, 2016
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Royal visit for outstanding probation workers

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has paid a visit to Weston-super-Mare to celebrate the work of the region’s outstanding probation workers.

Three of this year’s winners were visited by The Princess Royal at Queensway House, Worle on Thursday 17 December. James Bamford of Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Community Rehabilitation Company (BGSW CRC), David Miners of the National Probation Service and Julie Greenslade of the National Probation Service were all introduced to The Princess Royal and spoke about their daily duties. Read more…

December 18, 2015

Director appointed one of first fellows at Probation Institute

The probation director of the south west Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) has been appointed as one of the first fellows of the Probation Institute.

Find out more here

November 19, 2015
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Reoffending Partnership Wins Award

A BRISTOL-based partnership helping people with convictions get much-needed employability skills has won a national award.

The partnership between Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Community Rehabilitation Company (BGSW CRC) and Brunel’s ss Great Britain picked up the partnership award at the NoOffence! Redemption and Rehabilitation Awards held at Manchester Cathedral.

Find out more here

October 13, 2015

Former offender switching his life around

A former prolific offender whose crimes cost the public almost £25,000 is turning his life around with the support of an innovative programme.

Andrew*, 45, is on the path to recovery after linking up with Bristol, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Community Rehabilitation Company’s (BGSW CRC) SWITCH team in Swindon.

Find out more

August 26, 2015
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Nursing home manager praises restorative justice process

The manager of a Wiltshire nursing home has praised the restorative justice process after an offender apologised for causing alarm to its residents.

Following reports that a man was acting strangely in the grounds of the nursing home, police were called and found a man experiencing mental health difficulties. Causing stress to many of the home’s residents, the man was arrested and found to be a service user of Bristol, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Community Rehabilitation Company (BGSW CRC).

Find out more here

October 6, 2015
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Community Payback team restores dignity of war memorials

War memorials are the focus of attention on Remembrance Day but often get neglected for the rest of the year.  The Community Payback team of Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Community Rehabilitation Company (BGSW CRC) has come up with a plan to make sure memorials across Bristol and Somerset receive some love and attention during this centenary of the First World War.

> Find out more

June 16, 2015
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Rehabilitation team helps young man stop illegal car pranks and plan for a career with tanks

A 20 year old mechanic from Yate who admitted to stupidly taking a car and ripping great big circle tyre tracks into a rugby field in Weston-Super-Mare could soon be creating even bigger track marks but legally this time in a tank.

> Find out more

June 9, 2015
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Rugby legend provides added motivation for change

Louie, a person with convictions who is working with Bristol Gloucestershire Somerset and Wiltshire Community Rehabilitation Company (BGSW CRC) to get his life back on track got a massive motivational boost recently by meeting up with World Cup winning rugby legend, Jason Robinson.

> Find out more

May 29, 2015
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Swindon-based justice partnership wins national autism award

The national Great Autism Practice award has been won by the Understanding Autism Project, a partnership initiative run by SEQOL; Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Community Rehabilitation Company (BGSW CRC) and the National Probation Service (NPS).

> Find out more

May 21, 2015
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Swindon Probation Officer receives national award from Princess Royal

James Bamford, a Senior Probation Officer with Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Community Rehabilitation Company (BGSW CRC) was presented with a prestigious Butler Trust Award by the Butler Trust’s Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, at St James’s Palace in London, on 1 April.

> Find out more

March 31, 2015

Man thought to be dead in shed brought back from the brink

The SWITCH Integrated Offender Management team have helped restore the fortunes of a man who just a year ago was found in a garden shed in Swindon and believed to be dead.

> Find out more

March 27, 2015
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Double success for ETE team

The Education, Training and Employment (ETE) team of Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Community Rehabilitation Company is celebrating a double triumph. It has won one year extensions to its contracts with lead contractors Adviza and Prospects and been told it is one of the top sub-contractors in the South West offering careers services for people with convictions.  This follows hot on the heals of achieving the demanding Matrix Accreditation standard, which provides assurance of their high standard of advice and guidance services.

Find out more


March 18, 2015
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New partnership to protect the public

PUBLIC, private, voluntary company Working Links is now responsible for the delivery of the Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) in partnership with Innovation Wessex – a mutual Community Interest Company made up of former probation trust workers.
find out more

February 2, 2015