Volunteers needed for a range of roles

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Community Action: MK is this week focusing on Victim Support and the Witness Service.

Victim Support - Volunteer Community Support Worker:

Volunteers are needed to give listening support and practical help to victims of crime and other people affected.

Tasks include: Contacting victims of crime, explaining the role of Victim Support and empowering victims to overcome emotional, psychological and practical effects.

They will also need to communicate in a way that is appropriate to the victim, help people explore how their experience of crime has affected their lives and help them recover and identify situations where they cannot directly meet the needs of the victim and working with the client and the manager to make appropriate referrals.

Victim Support encourages volunteers to be available for at least two hours a week when possible. Times are flexible as appointments can be made during the day, in the evening (up to 7.30pm) or at weekends.

Witness Service Volunteers: Witness Service Volunteers help witnesses deal with the experience of attending court and giving evidence.

Tasks include giving witnesses and supporters confidential support and information at criminal court, helping them deal with the emotional effects of giving evidence, explaining court procedures, legal terminology and decisions and showing people around the courtroom before a trial so they are familiar with the environment.

Volunteers will also need to help witnesses prepare for a range of outcomes and go into the courtroom where it’s allowed.

Training is in April or May and will be in Didcot. Volunteers need to be available during normal court hours. Most offices like volunteers to be available at least half a day every fortnight but some prefer individuals for full day shifts.

For more information visit their web site www.victimsupport.org.uk/

Alternatively if you are looking for a one off voluntary opportunity then Cancer Research UK are looking for volunteers for the following role:

Cancer Research UK- Give Up Clothes For Good Volunteers: Give Up Clothes For Good is the UK’s largest and longest running charity clothing collection partnership raising valuable funds for the treatment and cure of childhood cancers.

To support the campaign, simply fill up a bag with your unwanted clothing, accessories and quality homeware and drop it into any TK Maxx store in 2014. There are donation bags available in store from mid February but any bag will do You can also volunteer at TK MAXX on March 1, handing out donation bags.

Interested? Then contact chloe.leggatt@cancer.org.uk.

Anyone interested can call Community Action: MK on 01908 661623 or email debbie@communityactionmk.org or shona@communityactionmk.org. To find out more about other opportunities visit the drop in session on a Thursday at Acorn House from 10am to 12pm or log onto the dedicated website at www.do-it.org