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Volunteer stories

Our volunteers generously give their time to help people affected by crime in South Yorkshire and Humberside.

Read about some of their experiences below.

Julia’s story

I’m from Barnsley and I’ve been volunteering for Victim Support for six years  I started volunteering because I wanted to help people who had experienced crime to get the support and information they needed. 

When I first joined I completed four days of training and learned a huge amount about how to listen to people and talk to people  The training gave me some real skills I could use to support people in my role.

I get great support from staff and know who to talk to if I need any help.  Volunteer meetings are a great time for us volunteers to get together and find out about any changes, get updates and talk about our own experiences of volunteering.

I like that the volunteering I do is seen as a professional role.  I know what is expected of me and I know what to expect from Victim Support. 

I’ve met some great people and learned some brilliant skills.  If you’re thinking about volunteering but aren’t sure if it’s right for you, just get in touch and ask!

 

Laura's story

I wanted to volunteer with Victim Support as I was looking to gain some experience working with victims, offer emotional support, as well as having a stronger knowledge of the court and criminal justice system. I find volunteering with Victim Support extremely rewarding and enjoyable and I love the team I’m with in Sheffield. Victim Support also offers a variety of training courses so you can really make the most out of all the information they provide you with - I would recommend volunteering here to anyone who wishes to work with victims of crime.

 

Volunteering with Victim Support can also help you gain skills and experience to help you with your career. Here, former volunteer Katie tells us how volunteering with Victim Support helped her.

I decided to volunteer for Victim Support whilst I was studying for my Masters in criminology. I had a particular interest in Victimology and whilst conducting research found that often the victim's voice was neglected.

I felt that I had theoretical knowledge but I wanted to put that into practice and to try to help someone who had been affected by crime. I looked online as to how I could do this and believed that volunteering with Victim Support was the best way.

I volunteered for Victim Support on and off for two and a half years before I got my job with the National Probation Service. During this time I was given opportunities to complete further training in Restorative Justice.

Volunteering with Victim Support gave me a sense of purpose, and kept me mentally stimulated. I believe the skills and knowledge I learnt during my time with Victim Support helped me to move into my new career with the National Probation Service, without this I wouldn't be where I am today.


 

 

 

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