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Could you help us provide emotional and practical support to victims of crime?

Support volunteers needed for Thames Valley Partnership

Victims First provides free emotional and practical support to all victims of crime, witnesses of crime and family members of victims. The service is available across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and can provide help regardless of whether or not the crime has been reported to the police

We are seeking to recruit Emotional Support Volunteers, supported by experienced Caseworkers. Training will be provided for all volunteers, in addition to ongoing mentoring and support. The role will require some travel as you will need to meet victims in the community. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Role Description
The role of a Victims First Emotional Support Volunteer involves:
• Providing practical and emotional support to victims of crime in the Thames Valley area
• Working to empower victims and map progress using an evidence-based outcomes tool
• Ensuring fairness, impartiality and equality in supporting victims
• Keeping a secure record of contact with victims and reporting to the Caseworker appropriately and in line with data protection requirements
• Working alongside a Caseworker to ensure the delivery of a high-quality service
• Committing to attending ongoing training, supervision, reflective practice and support sessions.

Qualities we are looking for:-
• A non-judgemental attitude
• The ability to empathise with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
• Excellent listening skills
• Reliable and punctual
• Able to set and work within clear boundaries
• Able to travel within the Thames Valley
• Can commit to a minimum period of 18 months.

 

Contact person firstname
Aimee Overington ,
Lastname
Their phone number?
07717 511 677
Contact instructions?
Weekdays in office hours. Email is preferred.

Location description
Thames Valley
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Not specified
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Not specified
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMMon EVETue AMTue PMTue EVEWed AMWed PMWed EVEThu AMThu PMThu EVEFri AMFri PMFri EVESat AMSat PMSat EVESun AMSun PMSun EVE
Availability required
Any of these times
Task type?
Support
Will suit someone like this:
Self organised/motivatedHappy to work soloPrecise and methodicalSociablePatientSupportiveCommunicatorEmotionally robust
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
3 days face to face training
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
Volunteers are supported by a caseworker
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
Travel expenses are reimbursed
Will I need my own transportation?
Yes
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Yes
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
10
Opportunity added on
16 July 2019