Victim Support Scotland Volunteer
How can you support victims and witnesses of crime?
Victims of crime often feel a range of emotions in the aftermath of an offence. It is Victim Support Scotland’s role to provide victims and witnesses of crime emotional and practical support in person, online, and in court. Volunteers are supported by VSS staff who manage the service.
How would you help?
Our volunteers provide emotional support, practical help, information and guidance through the criminal justice system. We aim to empower people who have been impacted by crime, to move on with their lives.
• Discuss service users’ needs by telephone, webchat, appointments and face-to-face contact, agreeing next steps at the end of each contact
• Help service users feel more confident by arranging and conducting court familiarisation visits
• Support service users in the court room and other appropriate locations on the day of the trial, liaising with court officials on behalf of the service users.
• Feedback and agree follow-up actions with staff members
• Provide administrative support in completing the service users journey
What benefits would I get?
Volunteering with Victim Support Scotland can be challenging and also extremely rewarding. As a volunteer you will:
• Support people when they most need it
• Learn new skills and knowledge of the criminal justice sector
• Gain access to a range of specialist training courses that are relevant to your volunteering role
• Positively contribute to your community as a member of a team actively working to reduce the impact of crime
• A chance to give something back
• Receive support in your volunteering role to deliver services effectively
• All reasonable expenses (e.g. travel) will be reimbursed
What is the time commitment?
We know that our volunteers have busy lives, so we agree the time commitment with each individual volunteer. However, we ask for:
• a minimum commitment of approximately one day per week, however this may vary depending upon the needs of the service.
• a minimum commitment of at least 1 year so that they might get the most out of a volunteering role.
How can I apply?
The people we support come from all communities across Scotland, as do our volunteers. We welcome new volunteers from all backgrounds and languages.
To ensure we provide the best possible service to people affected by crime, we ask all volunteers to follow our processes. This will involve:
• Joining the Disclosure Scotland PVG scheme
• Providing two satisfactory references
• Completing our three day ‘Introduction to Victim Support Scotland’ training module
• Signing and abiding by Victim Support Scotland’s Confidentiality agreement
• Commitment to Data Protection
• Volunteer Agreement
Are you excited about saving nature and making a difference for future generations?
Nature is struggling, but if we pull together we can make a real difference. Every year our fantastic pin badge volunteers help to raise valuable funds which allow us to manage a variety of projects in East Scotland. Through our iconic pin badges we have raised over £6 million since 1997. We have volunteers placing pin badges in pubs, garden centres, and tourist attractions.
Are you a good coordinator who likes to get out in the local community?
We are urgently looking for enthusiastic, organised individuals, with good communications skills and knowledge of Dundee to become Pin Badge Minders.
Can you spare around 6-10 hours per month? Visit and manage 5- 10 pin badge boxes. Regularly bank the money from the pin badge boxes. Use a simple online system to record your activities.
If you would be interested in this rewarding role, where you will be making a difference in East Scotland then we would love to hear from you.
After all, if there is no home for nature, there will be no nature. Help us give nature a home.
Helm works with around 200 young people every year who go into full-time employment, work experience placements or start a range of courses in Further Education Colleges. The training focuses predominantly on supporting young people who are not in education, employment or training and aims to be flexible and responsive to their needs. Your role as Group Assistant would be: To assist the Instructor in delivering SQA Communication, ICT, Numeracy, Problem Solving & ASDAN modules to groups of 8-10 people; To be involved in assisting with the delivery of training in life skills & social skills; To support with delivery of employability skills in preparation for the workplace i.e writing letters & CVs & applying for jobs; To accompany groups on any social outings or employability events, i.e. employer visits; To be a role model & share personal knowledge & experience of work with trainees; Help to mentor those trainees who require additional support. You would be expected to attend any in house training/meetings relevant to the volunteer role.
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Coordinating and supporting cat care volunteers and fosterers, ensuring they are happy and confident in their roles. Working with cat care volunteers, fosterers and other colleagues to ensure Cats Protection quality of care is provided and maintained to cats in care, this will be supported by adhering to policies, procedures, minimum vetinary standards and minimum cat care standards. Working closely with the homing team to maintain up to date records of the cats in care and ensure cats ready to be rehomed are matched as quickly as possible. Promoting and supporting the development of care care volunteers and fosterers to enable them to fulfil their roles.
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Organising equipment at two stores in Lerwick
Varnishing and painting on board
Engineering maintenance - all on board systems
The workshop is a safe alcohol / drug free working environment. Our aims are to support our workers and where possible enable them to enter into mainstream employment.
Working in a supported workshop, assisting worker / volunteers with barriers to employment e.g. mental health, drugs / alcohol issues, to carry out assigned tasks.
Shetland Amenity Trust - Shetland Museum and Archives
Volunteers would be taken through how to use the Atom database system and talked with about what goes in the index. They would then be able to go and read the papers on the microfilm machine (which they'll also be taught to use) and record the contents so that others can find information more easily. Someone will always be on hand to help.
Save The Children are looking for people to join our lovely team in the Lerwick Save the Children Shop. The shop is led entirely by volunteers so we're always keen to expand our team and to raise as much money and awareness for the charity as possible.
The Sales Assistant opportunity involves customer service, cash handling, processing through donations, visual merchandising and there's the option to get involved in all sorts of things such as retail administration and social media marketing. No experience is required as all training will be provided, along with a friendly cuppa!
It's a brilliant opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and share your own experiences. At the end of each shift you know that you've helped to make a real difference to the lives of children all over the world - it's hugely satisfying!
We are ideally looking for people who can commit to a three hour shift, on a regular basis. However, we can be flexible and if you can give any time at all we would be very keen to meet you and welcome you along to meet our team.
Volunteers taking up an opportunity to help in the Visitors Centre have a variety of activities to choose from:
Welcome visitors including visitors from coaches.
Do you have good local knowledge? Share it with visitors and advise on the visitors information resources.
Help in the Café.
Help provide an enjoyable experience for 12,000 visitors coming to the centre annually. Local people mingle with visitors, browsing the visitors' information or the Shetland crafts on sale and the displays of local heritage