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Become a volunteer

Victim Support volunteers are an essential part of the Victim Care Service team. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to help and support as many people as we do.

Our volunteers understand the effects of crime, and utilise their skills and training by providing telephone or face-to-face support and through liaison with partner agencies.

If you become one of our volunteers, you’ll be equipped with new skills that enable you to help other people move forward with their lives, following crime.

The ability to help people in unfortunate positions is a brilliant way to give back to the community. It’s highly rewarding. You’ll meet likeminded people and enjoy a significant sense of personal fulfilment.

You might even find that your employer will offer time off work to volunteer with us as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility policy.

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How much training will I receive?

We want all of our volunteers to feel comfortable, confident and knowledgeable in order to support witnesses and victims of crime.

You’ll be given training that helps you listen, empathise and help people discover the strength they need to move on with their lives.

With our basic training, you’ll learn the intricacies of the Criminal Justice System, the impact of crime and how to access support services. There are also regular one-to-ones and other types of learning to enjoy.

We’re constantly looking for passionate volunteers to join our team and help across a range of areas. This means you can choose the path that’s right for you.

What qualifications or experience do I need?

Volunteers need to be over the age of 18, have an understanding of how people can be affected by crime, as well as a real desire to help and some spare time.

Find out more - get in touch today

If you’re interested in volunteering, call us on 0808 1781641 or email Hampshire&IOWvolunteering@victimsupport.org.uk.

We’ll just need to perform a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau [CRB] check), purely as protection for the people who access our service.

Having a criminal record doesn’t automatically disqualify you from volunteering.