Recognising volunteers during National Volunteers Week
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 celebration of National Volunteer Week, the Inverclyde Community Voluntary Service has highlighted Alan Drewery for the fantastic work that he has been doing for VSS for the past two years and other causes in the area.
Alan decided to become a volunteer after he retired and since then he has become an invaluable part of our Inverclyde team. In fact he volunteers in two different areas supporting both the Witness Service and Victim Service teams.
Alan supports witnesses with great sensitivity and is always willing to give individuals time and space to talk. He’s worked hard within the court environment, developing strong relationships with support staff. He is very caring and works hard to support people, making sure that witnesses feel as comfortable as possible when going into the court, whether on the day of trail or indeed just doing a familiarisation visit. He moves seamlessly between this and the victim support service and overall is a great asset to our team.
Alan’s dedication is further demonstrated through the training he has undertaken. During the past two years he has completed Support after Murder and Victims of Sexual Crime training courses.
Speaking of his experience of volunteering with VSS Alan says,“Volunteering is about giving something back to the community. We are raised in our communities by people who educate us, protect us and look after our physical health. By giving some time and maybe helping to pass on skills we have been fortunate to acquire to others in a less fortunate position than ourselves, we can pay our communities back in a practical and meaningful way.
“There is also the personal aspect of volunteering which can give great satisfaction. This can be someone saying, ‘Thanks, you’ve really helped me.’ or identifying a latent skill you have discovered through your volunteering activities that you had not recognised before. For everyone involved, volunteering can be life-changing.”
The people we support need more volunteers like Alan who want to make a difference to anyone affected by crime. If you’re thinking of volunteering you can find out more here or get in contact with us using our volunteering form.