Volunteering will give you an opportunity to:
- Ensure victims receive the highest level of service on their journey through the criminal justice system
- Build your confidence
- Develop new or existing skills
- Work with other professionals and other agencies
- Work with a broad cross section of society
- Be part of the victim’s cope and recovery plan
- Meet new people.
Victims First Volunteer Advocate
As a Victims First Northumbria volunteer you will:
- Provide support via telephone and have face to face engagement with victims of crime – in their own home or in an agreed location.
- Be a listening ear and provide emotional support and care, based on the individual needs of victims.
- Liaise with our Victims First Coordinators to ensure the right support services are in place and provide updates regarding information shared, support provided and outcomes achieved.
- Provide support that may range from a one-off contact to support through the whole criminal justice system and beyond.
- Develop your knowledge of local and national services, utilising and contributing new organisations to the Victims First directory of services where appropriate.
- Carry out your role with a non-judgemental attitude, upholding the Victims First Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy.
Victims First Community Engagement and Fundraising Volunteer
As a Victims First Community Engagement & Fundraising Volunteer you will:
- Engage with local community groups to promote greater understanding, engagement and partnership with Victims First.
- Assist at presentations and talks.
- Attend community group meetings and events.
- Attend and assist with the organisation of fundraising events such as bag packs, collections and entertainment evenings.
- Assist with the sourcing of donations for fundraising events.
- Promote Victims First Northumbria’s mission and values.
- Have good communication skills.
- Develop public speaking, presentation and networking skills.
- Be committed to equality and diversity.
- Be flexible as some work will involve evenings and weekends.
Interested? Apply here. Please state in the skills and experience question box which role it is you are applying for.
How much time do I need to contribute?
We ask Victims First Volunteer Advocates to contribute a minimum of 4 hours per week for at least 6-12 months after training due to the nature of our work. We ask our Community Engagement and Fundraising Volunteers to participate in events and meetings throughout the year.
Do I need to volunteer on specific days or can volunteering be flexible around my lifestyle/commitments?
You can fit your volunteer hours in during your week in a way that works for you as long as you manage the victim’s expectations.
Do you reimburse travel expenses?
We reimburse out of pocket expenses but this does not include the costs you may incur to attend an interview.
I don’t have any experience supporting victims or knowledge of this area, can I still apply?
Yes, we provide full training to all Victims First Volunteer Advocates. Community Engagement and Fundraising Volunteers will receive guidance and briefings to assist them with their role.
If as a Volunteer Advocate, what happens if I can’t attend the core training?
All volunteers must attend and complete the core training before they can actively volunteer, we can offer catch up sessions in exceptional circumstances.
Do I need a DBS check?
Yes, you will require these checks to volunteer for us.
Will I meet victims face to face?
Yes, Volunteer Advocates will provide support face to face and via phone calls. Community Engagement and Fundraising Volunteers may come into contact with victims who have previously received or are currently receiving support from Victims First, and occasion may take new referrals from victims but would not be expected to deliver ongoing support beyond taking the referral as the case would be passed to a coordinator for an initial assessment.
Am I required to come into the office?
You will be required to come to our office for your interview, training, supervisions and volunteer events. Most of your work will be at home or in your local community.
Was your query answered by our FAQ section? If not contact our Volunteer Coordinator via email firstname.lastname@example.org.