Here are answers to some of your frequently asked questions about volunteering with Victim Support.
If your question isn’t answered below, please get in touch with the volunteering team.
Do you have volunteering opportunities in my local area?
We're currently trialling an online recruitment platform for volunteers with a select number of roles. See our current opportunities to apply online or register your interest with your local Victim Support team if there are no relevant roles listed.
What if my local area isn’t listed as having roles available?
If your local area isn’t listed, then we don’t currently have opportunities in that area, and there may also be other organisations providing victims’ services in that area. Visit our local pages to find details of available services in each county.
If we don’t provide core support services in your area, there are still other ways you can volunteer, or otherwise, you may want to look into volunteering with similar local organisations.
Are there roles available if I don’t want to directly support people affected by crime?
Yes — as well as supporting people affected by crime, our volunteers also carry out vital work supporting our teams with administration, building local awareness and fundraising. Find out more information about our range of volunteer roles.
Do you offer counselling placements or work experience opportunities?
We offer lots of services to clients including emotional support, however, we do not offer a counselling service to the people we support. We are therefore unable to offer counselling placements or support counselling hours towards a particular course.
Due to the nature of our work and extensive training needed, we are unable to offer work experience placements to under 18s. We may be able to consider offering student placements of six months or more.
What sort of training is available for volunteers, and what does the training involve?
Volunteers who work in roles directly supporting people will complete comprehensive training through a mix of workshops, eLearning and one-to-one discussions. This will also involve a four-day training course at one of our local offices or another suitable location.
Once you’ve completed your basic training and gained experience in your role, there may be more specialist training opportunities available in your area, including supporting victims of sexual and domestic abuse, hate crime, restorative justice, and for work with families of homicide victims.
For other volunteering opportunities, your manager will organise all the training and support you need for your specific role. All our volunteers also have access to our eLearning website, which has a wide range of resources to help you develop skills to deliver your role.
Find out more about volunteer training at Victim Support.
Do I have enough time to volunteer?
In order to provide the best possible service to the communities we work with, we normally ask our volunteers to commit to a minimum of around two hours per week for a minimum of 12 months.
Due to the nature of the services they provide, some areas may be looking for people who can contribute more than two hours per week, which will normally be specified on the role profile. We do ask that you give serious consideration to this when applying for a role that directly supports people affected by crime.
I would like to volunteer — what now?
If you’re considering a support role with us, think carefully about how you want to be involved, why you want to volunteer for Victim Support in particular and whether you can meet the time commitment.
If your application is successful, you’ll be invited to an interview either on the phone, at your local Victim Support office or at another suitable location on a one-to-one or group basis. Depending on the role you’ve applied for, you can either start your volunteering journey once your reference checks have been completed, or you may also need to undergo a DBS check. During this time, your manager will be able to answer any questions you have about volunteering for Victim Support.