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VSS’ volunteers & hate crime work recognised

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Victim Supported Scotland’s volunteers have been recognised in the Scottish Parliament by Mark Griffin MSP, who tabled a motion supporting the work of volunteers and staff at Victim Support Scotland (VSS). Mr Griffin acknowledged the organisation’s continued commitment to victims and witnesses of crime. He commended the charity on its dedication to hate crime training,... Read more »

Hate Crime Conference

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Victim Support Scotland hosted its Hate Crime Conference last month with thought-provoking speakers providing different views on the causes, impact and solutions of hate crime. We were delighted to hear from Lord Bracadale QC, who is currently leading the Scottish Government Hate Crime Legislation Review. He was joined by Patrick Harvie – Scottish Green Party... Read more »

New Hate Crime training course

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Victim Support Scotland has created a new training course for stakeholders and practitioners, designed to provide comprehensive specialised training on hate crime, including how to provide effective support to victims. The training course was developed in response to the recent VSS research into the impact of hate crime and our resulting recommendation for a victim-centred... Read more »

Annual General Meeting

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On 21 September VSS had its 2017 Annual General Meeting, where we recognised the committed volunteers and staff who have been supporting victims and witnesses for an incredible length of time. Gerda Scott has volunteered for 25 years in South Ayrshire. She said: “I have volunteered for a long time because I like getting in... Read more »

VSS impact in 2016-17

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Victim Support Scotland’s 16/17 annual report is out today, 21 September, illustrating the positive impact of our work. We are proud to have exceeded our targets for the year, supporting over 225,000 people who have been affected by crime. This work could not have been done without the excellent support of over 570 volunteers who... Read more »

Support following terror attack in Parsons Green

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Support in Scotland If you have been affected by this morning’s terror attack in Parsons Green,  free confidential help and support is available from Victim Support Scotland (VSS) VSS can provide emotional and practical support to victims and witnesses, family and friends. We can also refer people onto specialist services if needed. See our How can... Read more »

Hate Crime Mini Conference

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The Right Honourable Lord Bracadale is undertaking a review of the laws covering hate crime offences in Scotland and as part of that process, Victim Support Scotland (VSS) are delighted to announce we are hosting a hate crime mini conference. There has been considerable debate recently on Hate Crime and its impact on society at... Read more »
Ethel and Evelyn receiving their 15 year long service awards

Long service awards in Scottish Borders

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  Karen Lawson from our Scottish Borders service was delighted to be able to present two of her amazing volunteers, Ethel and Evelyn, with their long service awards at a recent volunteer meeting. Ethel and Evelyn have each given 15 years of voluntary service to supporting victims and witnesses of crime and anti-social behaviour in... Read more »

Barcelona Terror Attack

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Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by today’s terror attack in Barcelona. If you are concerned about a relative or friend who may have been in the vicinity you can call +34 900400012 The police have requested that those in the neighborhood let their families know that they are ok using social... Read more »

VSS South Ayrshire team get together

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Victim  and Witness Services in South Ayrshire had an amazing turnout  for their Team Get Together which was held recently in the Arrandale Hotel Ayr.           Volunteers and friends who supported us throughout the year enjoyed a short talk by PC Jamie Dunlop on Police initiatives in South Ayrshire.   One... Read more »
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