What will I be doing?
Contacting and meeting children and young people face to face either individually or in groups, at their homes or at an other mutually agreed location, and providing them with on-going support, guidance and information.
Helping children and young people to explore how their experience of crime has affected their lives,
repairing harm, increasing confidence and reducing the risk of them becoming a
victim of crime again.
Working to identify their individual needs and helping them to choose options they feel are right
Helping to run workshops and discussion groups in schools, raising awareness of how crime
impacts on children and the work of Victim Support.
Promoting and advocating for their rights and needs with other agencies, respecting their
diversity and ensuring that the service is accessible for each individual.
Liaising with your manager or other staff to arrange practical help for children and young people.
Identifying situations where Victim Support cannot directly meet the needs of children and
young people; signpost and make appropriate referrals to other organizations.
Attending training, support sessions and volunteer meetings.
What skills do I need?
Approachable and non-judgemental manner.
Good listening and verbal communication skills.
Ability to problem solve.
Basic IT skills.
Ability to volunteer within our values, policies and procedures.
Experience of building rapport with children and young people, using creative communication methods dependent on the children’s
How much time am I expected to give?
Ideally an average of 8 hours per week.
Ideally you would volunteer within this role for a period of at least 12 months. This will help you get the most out of the experience and provide some consistency for the victims and witnesses that we support.
What does the training involve?
Foundation - this is eLearning that will take an average of 20 hours to complete over a 2-week period that can be completed at home or at a our offices.
Multi-crime - this is a combination of 6 workbooks that can be completed at home or at our offices, and attendance at 2 workshops. This will take an average of 8 week to complete.
Young Victims (Direct) - this is a 3 day course. It is a requirement that all volunteers who deliver direct support to young victims complete this course. The training will equip participants with the necessary knowledge and competencies to work directly with young people aged 4-18 years who have been victims of crime.
What are the benefits?
Full induction, one-to-one support for the role, and opportunities for excellent training and to develop new skills.
All volunteers have free access to the Employee Access Programme which provides free, confidential assistance with any work, personal or family issue.
Rewarding sense of having made a positive difference to people’s lives.
Learn about the work of criminal justice agencies.
All volunteers have free access to a wide range of e-learning opportunities.
What opportunities do I get?
Join a team of like-minded people.
Contribute to our valuable work.
Ability to engage with the Victim Support Volunteer Panel.
Opportunities to join in project teams and influence development throughout the organization.
How do I apply?
This opportunity is available to all applicants aged 18 and over. For young people under the age of 18 we have other volunteering opportunities.
This role requires references and internal safeguarding checks. Volunteers will be asked to provide all relevant documents for VS to carry out these checks.
All volunteers must have an active email address that they use regularly and be willing to engage in our electronic means of communication, keeping up-to-date with information on our intranet, maintaining personal details on our database, and engaging in two-way communication.
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