Our commitment to volunteers
Increasing our reach
By involving volunteers we are able to do more and reach more people. As well as additional resource, volunteers increase the range of skills, interests, life experiences and cultural backgrounds within Victim Support. They enable us to deliver services across large geographical areas, engage more effectively with underrepresented groups and respond to local needs. They also act as ambassadors for our work, raising awareness a as well as encouraging others to support us through volunteering or fundraising.
Increasing our impact
The range of skills and expertise volunteers bring enhance our work, with many sharing their lived experiences of crime. By involving volunteers we are creating a transparency and accountability to the public. The opportunity to work alongside and to manage volunteers provides excellent development opportunities for our staff. Volunteering provides individuals with opportunities to gain skills and experience and is an important aspect of our aim to deliver wider social value.
How do we approach volunteering?
We are committed to removing barriers to volunteering and making volunteering with Victim Support accessible for as many people as possible. We do this by being flexible and providing a range of opportunities to meet different commitment levels, availability and motivations. All volunteer contributions are valued whether it be an hour, a day or a lifetime. We also understand the need to devote staff time to effectively support, manage and communicate with volunteers.