Recent events at Victim Support


National conference 2006

The national conference is an annual event aimed at Victim Support members and people working in the criminal justice sector. It is a chance to update existing skills, learn new working practices, meet and exchange ideas with colleagues. This year's conference was held at the University of Warwick from 4 - 6 July and focused on volunteers/volunteering.

Speakers at the conference included: Dr Justin Davis-Smith, Deputy Chief Executive, Volunteering England; Simon Jenkinson, Acting Partnership Director, Do-it.org; Claire Helman, Director, Capital Volunteering; Dr Marijke Steenbergen, Vice President of European Volunteer Centre/Chief Executive, CIVIQ; Vaughan Jones, Director, Praxis; Val Honyben, Project Manager - Action Research for Volunteers for Victims of Crime (ARVVOC), Victim Support; Lineke Bruijnes, Slachtofferhulp Nederland; Lies Vermeulen, Steunpunt Algemeen Welzijinswerk Belgium; Emma Insley, Director, Get Connected; Adrian Pancott, Operations Director, British Red Cross.

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A Royal gala charity performance of The court martial of Admiral Byng

Date: Wednesday, 17 May 2019 at 8 pm
Venue: The Chapel, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London
Ticket price: £25 for the performance and a souvenir programme

image of chapel This is a new production written and performed by Nigel Pascoe QC. It is based on the real case of Admiral Byng who was court martialled for failing to win Minorca from the French. He was subsequently executed by a firing squad. There is a historical link with the Royal Naval College as Byng was briefly imprisoned here before being transferred to Portsmouth for the court martial.

The funds raised from the play are for the London Crown Court Witness Service, which gives invaluable, independent information and support to victims, witnesses and their families across London to help them cope with the often unsettling experience of going to court.

Tickets are available on 0870 906 3732 (24 hour phone line) or buy the tickets online.

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The trial of Penn & Mead

Date: Tuesday, 28 February 2019
Venue: Court 4, The Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London
Ticket price: £35, including refreshments

This one man production was written and performed by Nigel Pascoe QC. Penn and Mead were both Quakers and, at the time, the Government had forbidden Quakers to meet and worship. In 1670, Penn held a Quaker service and was arrested, along with Mead, and ordered to stand trial. The judge was hostile to Penn and Mead and commanded the jury to find them guilty but the jury was sympathetic and refused. The case is significant in legal history. Fiona Bruce of Crimewatch agreed to attend and introduced the play.

The funds raised from the play were for the London Crown Court Witness Service, which gives invaluable, independent information and support to victims, witnesses and their families across London to help them cope with the often unsettling experience of going to court. Reliance Secure Task Management sponsored the event and covered all the costs, so all the income went directly to the London Crown Court Witness Service.

Tickets were available from Claire Brooke in the Fundraising Department at the National Office, on 020 7896 3702.

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Victim Support Nottinghamshire's Conference - Young witnesses in court: Providing effective support

Victim Support Nottinghamshire's Young Witness Service held a special one day conference on Thursday 17 November 2019 (9.30 am - 4.00 pm) at the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham City Centre.

The conference looked at proven methods and models to support children and young people in court, enabling them to participate more fully in the legal process and give their best evidence. Delegates heard from experienced practitioners from the voluntary and statutory sectors on:

Leading local and national figures also examined the broader issues concerning the future of a national young Witness Service model, including political considerations, funding scenarios, legal developments, and the strategic directions of national and local service providers.

For further information, see the conference programme and the booking form [pdf].

If you require additional information, please contact Sue Younger (0115 852 4286/ywitness@vsnotts.org).

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Victim Support National Conference 2005

The conference is an annual event aimed at Victim Support members and people working in the criminal justice sector. It is a chance to update existing skills, learn new working practices and meet and exchange ideas with colleagues.

This year, there were three separate plenaries

The 2005 National Conference took place from Tuesday 28 - Thursday 30 June at our usual venue, the University of Warwick.

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Victim Support National Conference 2004

The conference is an annual event aimed at members of Victim Support and external organisations or individuals and provides an opportunity to get up-to-date with new developments and research, and come together with colleagues to discuss issues affecting victims and witnesses in a national context. This year, we had a revitalised programme with more workshops than ever before and speakers included:

The 2004 National Conference took place from the 6 - 8 July at our usual venue, the University of Warwick.

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Fundraising quiz

In early July at the Victim Support National Conference in Warwick, approximately 120 people took part in a pilot quiz developed by Victim Support in association with the National Quizzing Association. The event, sponsored by the Waterhouse Group, was a great success.

The quiz is loosely based on the criminal justice system and contains multiple choice questions on archaic and unusual laws, entertainment and popular culture and the work of Victim Support. It is an enjoyable way for people to test their knowledge against other professional groups such as lawyers, police and magistrates or colleagues, and have fun and support Victim Support!

For more information on how to host the quiz in your organisation, please contact Amelia Greggery (amelia.greggery@victimsupport.org.uk) in the Fundraising and Marketing Department at Victim Support on 020 7896 3718.

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Five-a-side football tournament - 26 June 2019

On Thursday 26 June 2019, Victim Support staff went to Nottingham University to raise funds at the annual Mitchells and Butlers five-a-side football festival. Over 600 people from approximately 80 companies (mainly suppliers of Mitchells and Butlers) attended the day to play football, have fun and support our work.

We hoped to raise £10,000 for the Victim Support serious crime training programme, Quality Approach to Training and Assessment (QATA). Fundraising activities included selling match day programmes and advertising (33 hoardings were sold at £275 each), bar donations, raffles and selling 'fun money' for black jack and roulette tables and overall we raised nearly £14,000! If you'd like more information, please email our Fundraising & Marketing Department (fundraising@victimsupport.org.uk).

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Golf Challenge 2003

Victim Support Cornwall organised this golf challenge between March - July 2003. They invited teams of three golfers from any Victim Support branch to take part. Each team obtained sponsorship on a 'per hole' basis or as a single donation and they then played as many holes in a day as they liked on the golf course of their choice.

Four Areas entered a team and each team raised between £600 - £800. This money will be used by their local Victim Support or Witness Service branch to support their work. Victim Support Cornwall has invited the teams to take part in a final at Falmouth Golf Club - an all expenses paid, three-day trip to Cornwall on 18 September 2019.

More information is available from Clive Broom at West Cornwall Magistrates' Court Witness Service on 01872 242229.

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