Victim Support Gloucestershire is part of the national organisation for victims of crime, their families and friends. They offer a range of community based services.
Supporting victims of crime in a voluntary role can be very interesting and rewarding. Community Support Volunteers offer victims emotional and practical support to help in the aftermath of crime, either by telephone or by meeting a victim in their home or other outreach location. Working with victims in the community you will be trained in how to support a victim from their initial meeting/phone call with you, until they feel strong enough to move forward themselves. You will listen to their concerns and needs and potentially co-ordinate with other agencies to make sure that their needs are met.
Volunteers are extremely important to the support that Victim Support provides. Volunteers outnumber staff in Victim Support by about four to one, so clearly they are essential to the work of the charity.
Volunteers from all age groups are welcomed, however the minimum age for this role is 18. CRB checks are carried out, however a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from volunteering.
What are they looking for?
Formal skills and qualifications are not necessary as training is provided. However, an aptitude for listening and relating well to victims from many different backgrounds will be necessary.
Volunteers help from home and in their local area.
When: Any day/time
Age requirements: Over 18