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Volunteering as a VSS Trustee

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This Trustees’ Week, Liz Taylor talks about why she joined the VSS Board and what it means to her. I’ve been a Victim Support Scotland trustee since 2012. My time on the Board has been rewarding, challenging, interesting, and sometimes even surprising. Why Victim Support Scotland? I initially decided to volunteer to become more involved... Read more »

I’m listening…

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Fiona Thomson, VSS service manager for Edinburgh & Lothians, describes homeless women’s experiences of crime and how she is developing a partnership with Social Bite to reach more homeless people and provide a service tailored to their needs. In February this year I met two gentlemen delivering lunch from Social Bite to our office for... Read more »

Support after a bank transfer scam

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Victim Support Renfrewshire has been supporting someone affected by fraud. She writes about her experiences below, including how dealing with the crime can be overwhelming and how important it is not to blame yourself. I was the victim of a bank transfer scam and lost £5000. How easily it happened I received a phone call... Read more »

A great day volunteering (with a beaver!)

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As it’s National Volunteers Week (1-7 June), we thought we’d take the opportunity to highlight the hard work of our volunteers. Tracie Kinnear runs Witness Service Kilmarnock and recently hosted a stall at a local event to promote the service and how it can help people who are coming to court to give evidence. She... Read more »

Recognising volunteers during National Volunteers Week

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Emma Parker, Service Manager at Victim Support Inverclyde, has a team of dedicated volunteers supporting people affected by crime. One of her volunteers has been recognised in the community, which she writes about below. I am delighted that one of our dedicated volunteers has been recognised for the incredible work that he does for us. In... Read more »

CPD Accredited Training with VSS

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Michael Salkow, Learning & Development Manager, describes how the training programme evolved to benefit anyone who might come into contact with a victim of crime. 62% of crime in Scotland goes unreported. Why don’t people report crime, how does crime impact people and how can we better support them? These are questions explored and answered... Read more »

Volunteering as a VSS Trustee

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This Trustees’ Week, Lynne Staples-Scott talks about why she recently joined the VSS Board and what it means to her. Being a trustee for any charity is rewarding and challenging and, although I am new to the Victim Support Scotland (VSS) Board, I can see that this will most certainly be the case with VSS.... Read more »

Communicating with Scotland’s justice system

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Following his speech to the ‘Communicating Justice: Developing Emotionally Intelligent Criminal Justice’ conference in Scotland on 10 October, Kevin, a Victim Support Scotland volunteer in West Lothian, outlines his experiences with the criminal justice system following a serious assault. A few years ago I was at a friend’s birthday party and came out of the... Read more »

I Never Imagined Myself Volunteering

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This blog has been contributed by Kevin, a volunteer with Victim Support Scotland in West Lothian for our Volunteers’ Week blog.  You may have seen Kevin on STV during Victims’ Week. I never really imagined that at any point in my life I would be volunteering for a charity and I certainly wouldn’t have ever thought... Read more »
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