Victim Support Scotland provides free and independent information and support to people affected by crime – this includes victims, witnesses and their friends or family. The service provided are confidential.
They are currently looking for volunteers to assist us with witness support in Alloa. VSS services are provided in a range of ways and volunteers may be required to carry out any of the following tasks:
- Carrying out initial needs assessments.
- Conduct court familiarisation visits
- Providing face to face support and advice to all witnesses
- Provide practical and emotional support, and information about the criminal justice system to victims and witnesses attending court or a remote site for Sheriff Court trials
- Providing in-court support, where required, to witnesses while giving their evidence.
To carry out this role you will need the following skills and experience:
- Ability to listen non-judgementally to victims and witnesses who may be in emotional distress
- Capacity to learn about the criminal justice system, to pass on information to victims and witnesses
- Understanding of and commitment to confidentiality of victims and witnesses.
VSS have a comprehensive induction process for their volunteers. This includes completing Victim Support Scotland’s training, obtaining a PVG, providing two references, and completing a period of shadowing a current volunteer before undertaking any work unsupervised. VSS also require volunteers to sign and abide by their Volunteer Agreement.
As such, VSS are looking for volunteers who can commit one full day a week (either a Tuesday or Wednesday), for a minimum period of a year.
Victim Support Scotland is a national charity which has been supporting victims and witnesses of crime for over 35 years. We support anyone who has been affected by crime regardless of whether the crime has been reported to the police or not. We are a volunteer led organisation, with a support provided in both a court and community setting. We provide emotional support and practical advice as well as practical advice on navigating the Criminal Justice System and signposting to other specialist support service if required.