As a Victim Support volunteer we will train you to support victims of crime in your local community.
You will listen to victims to identify their individual needs, help them explore how their experience of crime has affected their lives and identify ways to enable them to move on. You will do this by providing confidential listening, practical support and advocacy either by phone or face to face, enabling victims to overcome the emotional, psychological and practical effects of crime.
You will get a rewarding sense of having made a positive difference to people's lives, all you need is the willingness to help and a little time.
Training Provided: Extensive online learning course, followed by a workshop. Training will include the different type of crimes and the way in which people are affected, the criminal justice system, communication skills, EDI, GDPR & safeguarding.
Flexible opportunity volunteers are asked to give a minimum of 4 hours per week.
Volunteers will need to be available during the working week; this is so that your hours can align with staff being in the office, and to attend training, supervision and volunteer meetings. Therefore this role would not be suitable for someone who works full-time.
Full training provided.
A caring, mature and supportive empathy towards others.
Able to deal with vulnerable people sensitively and professionally.
A non-judgmental impartial and confidential approach to supporting others.
Good listening skills and verbal communication skills.
Basic IT skills.
Friendly reliable and approachable.
Respect for the diversity of our clients and colleagues.
Willing to work within our values, procedures and policies.
Access to your own vehicle would be beneficial.
Where no access, adjustments will be made
- DBS check required
- Equal opportunities policy
- Expenses reimbursed
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
Also includes an annual appraisal and 3 one to one support sessions per year
- Suitable for under 18s
- Training provided
E learning modules plus training workshops consisting of 5 sessions of 4 hour workshops, currently delivered remotely, which will include the different type of crimes and the way in which people are affected and how the criminal justice system works. Volunteers will then have the opportunity to train further in Hate Crime, anti-social behaviour and Mental Health related issues.
- Volunteer induction
To include guided discussion and observation of practice
- Volunteer policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 19/08/2017
End Date: 01/11/2022
Flexible. However volunteers will need to be able to be available during the working week.
This opportunity is available Countywide.
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