What do you do at Victim Support?
I was trained as a peer mentor for victims of crime, then moved on to become a member of the youth forum. I started in summer 2013, when I worked on a National Citizen Service project to raise public awareness for Victim Support.
What inspired you to volunteer and what keeps you volunteering with Victim Support?
During the project I got to know more about Victim Support and I found that I was really impressed with its ethos and achievements. I’ve continued volunteering because I enjoy working with people to solve problems. For example, last year we worked on a project to redesign the You & Co website – that was fun and I learnt a lot.
What are your main duties as a volunteer?
I mainly help the National Youth Forum, giving feedback to help You & Co reach out to children and young people who have been victims of crime and are in need of support. I’ve contributed ideas on projects like the website redesign, You & Co’s interactive courtroom and reaching out to schools.
What have you gained from your volunteering experience?
I’ve gained invaluable experience working with professionals in a modern and dynamic organisation. I feel like I am now more thoughtful and empathetic towards others. I’ve also learnt the importance of being reliable and committed when working in a team.
What would you say to people thinking about volunteering with Victim Support?
I would say come and join in! It’s great fun and you get to meet and work with people from all different backgrounds for a very worthwhile cause.
What three words would you use to describe your volunteering experience?
Fun, meaningful and rewarding!
If you want to volunteer for Victim Support like Amy, find out how you can get involved on our volunteering pages.