Annual General Meeting
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 touch with people and really being able to help them cope just a little bit better after a crime. You feel that if you have supported them, you have done something. You might put things in perspective for them and help them see a way forward.”
Margaret Shearer has volunteered with VSS for the last 20 years in South Ayrshire. She said:
“I volunteer because I mainly support children affected by murder, serious assault, historical sexual abuse and rape. I’ve always worked with vulnerable children in the public and private sector and I get satisfaction seeing these children over time mastering the coping skills, confidence and courage to go forward and hopefully live the lives they deserve.”
Other inspiring people recognised at the AGM were Ian Samuel Currie who has volunteered with VSS North Ayrshire for an incredible 30 years and staff member Joyce Cooke who has served 20 years in Dumfries & Galloway. Finally, we bid a fond farewell to staff member Margaret Mitchell who was retiring after 23 years in North Lanarkshire.
During the AGM members had a chance to meet Kate Wallace, VSS’ new chief executive joining us at the end of October, and we inducted new trustees to the Board. Finally, our Chairperson, Alastair MacDonald, summarised our achievements in 16-17 and the work still to be done.