Providing free confidential, practical and emotional support and information to anyone affected by crime.

Are you a witness and being threatened?

It’s illegal for anyone to threaten or intimidate a witness. Contact the police as soon as possible.

Are you interested in volunteering with Victim Support Ayrshire?

Volunteers are always needed in Ayrshire to train for both the Victim and Witness Services.

We need enthusiastic volunteers who are keen to develop their skills.  Volunteers should have a desire to help others, be non-judgmental and able to maintain confidentiality. They need to have the ability to abide by Victim Support policies and procedures, listen and help victims and accept regular support and supervision.

Whether you want to work directly with people or whether your skills are in administration, publicity, fundraising or some other area, we are keen to involve you.

If you would like to learn new skills or build on the ones you already have, we can offer you many opportunities to stretch yourself, meet new people and develop your interests.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, and be able to give a time commitment to the Victim Service of approximately two to four hours per week, for one year minimum, and for the Witness Service, one full day per week.

All volunteers undergo an Enhanced Disclosure Check and references are taken up as part of our safer recruitment in order to protect our clients. If you have a criminal record, we won't necessarily exclude you. We will make individual assessments in every case.

Reasonable travel and subsistence expenses may be reimbursed whilst on voluntary duties.

You do not need any specific skills as we will provide comprehensive training. Foundation Training takes place on a regular basis throughout the year and takes about 21 hours to complete.

Some of the services you may be asked to carry out after training include:

  • listening to victims
  • identifying any needs they might have
  • providing practical and emotional support to victims and witnesses
  • providing information on criminal proceedings and the criminal justice system.
  • carrying out court familiarisation visits

If you are interested in being a volunteer, please read the Volunteer Agreement on the National Website.

If you wish to apply to volunteer with Victim Support Ayrshire there are two ways to do this.

  1. Contact your local Victim Service office, who will be happy to forward an application form and further details to you. Details can be found on our contacts page.
  2. Download and print the Application Form together with the Equal Opportunities Recruitment Monitoring Form. Complete both forms and return them to your local Victim Support office.
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