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

    We all face different challenges. 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.

What's New


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

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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
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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).

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October 6, 2015
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BGSW Vacancy – Receptionist, Bristol (part time, fixed term)

Please follow this link to our jobs page for further information and to apply here

October 9, 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.

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August 26, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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February 2, 2015

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