Victim Support Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC002138

To improve and increase knowledge about victims and witnesses through research studies, projects, appropriate publicity and information materials.


Current opportunities

What role could you play in empowering witnesses of crime? Victim Support Scotland is looking for Witness Support volunteers all across Scotland to provide practical and emotional support to those witnesses attending court visits in their local area. You will be given in-depth training into court procedures and the juridical system, develop skills in listening and support. This is your opportunity to join a lively network of volunteers and grow personally and professionally. All reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. As you will be working alongside staff and witnesses, good oral and written communication skills are essential to this role as is the ability to work in a non-judgemental manner. PVG checks and references required. ***For all enquiries, please tell state where you reside - thanks***

Promotional Volunteer Role **Please note: all travelling expenses for this opportunity will be reimbursed - thanks** How can you promote Victim Support Scotland’s vital services? Victim Support Scotland (VSS) attends fairs, festivals and community events to promote victim and witness support services and volunteer recruitment opportunities. VSS promotional volunteers are the voice and face of the charity, speaking to people in the community about the services we provide, encouraging people affected by crime to contact VSS for support, and speaking to potential volunteers. What would you be doing? Our promotional volunteers will supervise information stands and play an active role in helping us reach out to empower people who have been impacted by crime to move forward with their lives. The role requires you to: • Attend events to represent VSS • Identify opportunities to positively promote and support the work of VSS services • Take responsibility for leaflets and promotional items in advance of events • Direct volunteer enquiries to the recruitment section of the website • Display posters and leaflets offering VSS recruitment and in the local community What benefits would you get? Volunteering with Victim Support Scotland can be challenging and extremely rewarding. As a volunteer you will: • Make a difference to people affected by crime, by promoting our services and recruiting volunteers • Attend a range of community and national events • Gain publicity and outreach skills as well as a range of specialist training courses that are relevant to your volunteering role • Learn new skills and knowledge of the criminal justice sector • Positively affect your community as a member of a team actively working to reduce the impact of crime

Promotional Volunteer Role **Please note: all travelling expenses for this opportunity will be reimbursed - thanks** How can you promote Victim Support Scotland’s vital services? Victim Support Scotland (VSS) attends fairs, festivals and community events to promote victim and witness support services and volunteer recruitment opportunities. VSS promotional volunteers are the voice and face of the charity, speaking to people in the community about the services we provide, encouraging people affected by crime to contact VSS for support, and speaking to potential volunteers. What would you be doing? Our promotional volunteers will supervise information stands and play an active role in helping us reach out to empower people who have been impacted by crime to move forward with their lives. The role requires you to: • Attend events to represent VSS • Identify opportunities to positively promote and support the work of VSS services • Take responsibility for leaflets and promotional items in advance of events • Direct volunteer enquiries to the recruitment section of the website • Display posters and leaflets offering VSS recruitment and in the local community What benefits would you get? Volunteering with Victim Support Scotland can be challenging and extremely rewarding. As a volunteer you will: • Make a difference to people affected by crime, by promoting our services and recruiting volunteers • Attend a range of community and national events • Gain publicity and outreach skills as well as a range of specialist training courses that are relevant to your volunteering role • Learn new skills and knowledge of the criminal justice sector • Positively affect your community as a member of a team actively working to reduce the impact of crime

Victim Support Scotland Volunteer How can you support victims and witnesses of crime? Victims of crime often feel a range of emotions in the aftermath of an offence. It is Victim Support Scotland’s role to provide victims and witnesses of crime emotional and practical support in person, online, and in court. Volunteers are supported by VSS staff who manage the service. How would you help? Our volunteers provide emotional support, practical help, information and guidance through the criminal justice system. We aim to empower people who have been impacted by crime, to move on with their lives. • Discuss service users’ needs by telephone, webchat, appointments and face-to-face contact, agreeing next steps at the end of each contact • Help service users feel more confident by arranging and conducting court familiarisation visits • Support service users in the court room and other appropriate locations on the day of the trial, liaising with court officials on behalf of the service users. • Feedback and agree follow-up actions with staff members • Provide administrative support in completing the service users journey What benefits would I get? Volunteering with Victim Support Scotland can be challenging and also extremely rewarding. As a volunteer you will: • Support people when they most need it • Learn new skills and knowledge of the criminal justice sector • Gain access to a range of specialist training courses that are relevant to your volunteering role • Positively contribute to your community as a member of a team actively working to reduce the impact of crime • A chance to give something back • Receive support in your volunteering role to deliver services effectively • All reasonable expenses (e.g. travel) will be reimbursed What is the time commitment? We know that our volunteers have busy lives, so we agree the time commitment with each individual volunteer. However, we ask for: • a minimum commitment of approximately one day per week, however this may vary depending upon the needs of the service. • a minimum commitment of at least 1 year so that they might get the most out of a volunteering role. How can I apply? The people we support come from all communities across Scotland, as do our volunteers. We welcome new volunteers from all backgrounds and languages. To ensure we provide the best possible service to people affected by crime, we ask all volunteers to follow our processes. This will involve: • Joining the Disclosure Scotland PVG scheme • Providing two satisfactory references • Completing our three day ‘Introduction to Victim Support Scotland’ training module • Signing and abiding by Victim Support Scotland’s Confidentiality agreement • Commitment to Data Protection • Volunteer Agreement