Community / Victim support charity needs local volunteers

PEOPLE in Shetland are being encouraged to volunteer their time to support those affected by crime in the isles.

Victim Support Scotland (VSS) requires volunteers to provide people affected by crime with emotional and practical support, including how to navigate the justice system.

As well as opportunities to volunteer in the local community at Lerwick Sheriff Court, there is also VSS’s National Service Centre (NSC).

Victim Support Scotland volunteer Jane Lynn.

NSC volunteers help to run a helpline and webchat, which further allow victims and witnesses to seek advice and support.

Louise McGinty, head of volunteering at VSS said she would urge anyone “looking for a challenging yet rewarding experience” to volunteer.

“Volunteering at Victim Support Scotland in Shetland is a unique opportunity,” she said.

“We depend on our volunteers to support people affected by crime when they most need it, empowering them to regain control and move forward with their lives.


“As well as helping others, volunteers gain benefits such as learning new support skills, experience of working within the criminal justice sector, and accessing a wide range of training opportunities.”

Existing volunteer Jane Lynn said the role is “interesting, dynamic and rewarding, with many opportunities to learn new skills and upskill in different training modules”.

To find out more about volunteering opportunities in Shetland, visit here or phone 03330341078.

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