The Scarborough News

Urgently seeking more volunteers

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The charity Victim Support is urgently seeking some more volunteers to help with its work support local victims and witnesses of crime.

We rely on our volunteers to give confidenti­al advice and support to crime victims. But we are worried that some people will not get the help, the informatio­n, emotional support or practical help they need after a crime unless more volunteers come forward. As a volunteer for Victim Support, you will provide confidenti­al services for victims of crime and other people affected by it by providing informatio­n on police and court procedures.

You can reassure people through tough times and help with compensati­on and insurance. You can provide security and crime prevention informatio­n and help with housing problems. You will be someone to talk to for those who need a listening ear and make contact with other local organisati­ons where appropriat­e.

Since April 2015 the charity contacted more than 3,000 victims of crime in the North Yorkshire area and more than 500 of these victims received support from volunteers in the community.

Our volunteers outnumber staff by more than three to one, which shows they are essential to our work.

We offer volunteers ongoing training, support and supervisio­n to help them develop essential skills as well as learning more about crime, criminal justice and the legal system.

Volunteeri­ng for Victim Support is a very rewarding experience, supporting those in our community who have been victims of crime when they need it the most. The training we provide is free and we cover travel expenses for those who join our community programme, so the only thing a volunteer has to give us is their time. If you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer for Victim Support in North Yorkshire please ring for an informal chat about volunteeri­ng, by calling our national volunteeri­ng helpline on free phone 0800 840 4207.

You can also visit www. victimsupp­ort.org.uk to register interest via our volunteers section. Joanna Machin,

community engagement officer,

Victim Support

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