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  Volunteering

Why Victim Support?

Victim Support Northern Ireland is the regional charity which helps people cope with crime. Trained volunteers provide free, confidential support and advice following crimes ranging from burglary and assault to rape and murder.

People react to crime in many ways although most victims don't suffer long term harm, both adults and children can be seriously affected and often need help in order to recover.

People often need:

  • someone to talk to
  • information on police and court procedures
  • reassurance and emotional support
  • information and support when attending court
  • help with compensation and insurance
  • crime prevention advice
  • help with housing or benefit problems
  • contact with other local organisations.

How Victim Support helps

Victim Support volunteers help victims of crime in different ways.

  • visiting victims of crime
  • volunteers, based with Victim Support branches, visit victims in their homes and offer practical and emotional help
  • helping victims in court
  • volunteers, based in the Belfast Crown Court Witness Service, give information and support to victims and witnesses attending trials
  • helping victims in hospital accident and emergency departments
  • publicity and fundraising.

Volunteers help in many other ways, for example on local committees with publicity and fundraising, interpreting and training or with legal advice.

Recruitment

Volunteers urgently needed!

We look for volunteers who are understanding and good listeners and who can get on with people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. Anyone can apply. No previous experience of this kind of work is necessary.

All Victim Support volunteers are given training before they help victims. We aim for the highest professional standards in our work and we attach great importance to the training our volunteers receive.

Some volunteers work several hours a week, while others offer occasional help. Volunteer visitors can work during the day, or in the evenings or at weekends, Court volunteers need to be free to work during the day.

Volunteers are not paid but they receive their travelling and some other expenses.

What's in it for you?

Most people volunteer for Victim Support because they want to help people. Volunteers are rewarded by seeing the difference Victim Support can make to people whose lives have been shattered by crime.

As a volunteer you will receive training and supervision, meet new people and have the satisfaction of learning to deal with issues you may not have experienced before. Working with victims of crime will also help you develop skills and qualities which will be useful in other areas of your life.

Would you like to help?

All Victim Support and Witness Service volunteers who work with victims are given:

  • training (which includes the , listening skills, court procedures and compensation)
  • support and supervision from the Co-ordinator of the local Victim Support Branch or Witness Service
  • regular meetings with other volunteers
  • all out of pocket expenses to cover costs like telephone and travel
  • insurance cover.

There may also be:

  • the chance to attend conferences seminars and meetings.

If you can help Victim Support contact your local Branch or contact info@victimsupportni.org.uk for more information and a referral to your local scheme.


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Victim Support Northern Ireland
Annsgate House, 70/74 Ann Street, Belfast BT1 4EH
Tel: 028 9024 4039
Fax: 02890 313838
e-mail: info@victimsupportni.org.uk