Helping people is incredibly rewarding. Knowing you're making a difference in a person's life – when they most need it – is an enriching experience. You're also making a difference in your community, in society as a whole. Every time a Victim Support volunteer steps up and helps someone, society is collectively helping to put right the wrong that's been done. That's huge.
What sort of person is a Victim Support volunteer?
Victim Support volunteers come from all walks of life. They are men and women of all ages who have different occupations and interests. Victim Support volunteers have an absolute commitment to helping people when they need it most – after a crime or trauma.
What skills do you need?
Firstly, you must have a car and a current driver's license. You'll be the sort of person that's a good listener and communicator, and you'll be able to problem solve calmly during high stress times.
What does a volunteer do?
Volunteers provide support information and practical assistance to people affected by crime and trauma. This might be just hours after the incident, or in the days and weeks, sometimes months, later. For more detailed information see Becoming a Victim Support Volunteer or Training Topics.
How do you become a volunteer?
If you're interested in becoming a volunteer send us an email enquiry. We'll get in touch and if you meet our criteria we'll send you an information pack. Then you just need to send that back to us and someone will contact you to arrange an interview. The interview is designed to make sure you have the right skills and attributes to become a volunteer. If you're successful at the interview we'll do a Police and reference check. You'll be given consent forms for this after the interview. Then you'll be invited to attend an initial Training Programme (ITP).
There are other ways you can help. Being a support worker isn't for everyone but perhaps you have other skills to contribute, such as being an event fundraiser or helping us with volunteer recruitment. To find out more, send us E-mail enquiry.