The Witness Service is an independent service supporting witnesses at all criminal courts in England and Wales. It is run by Victim Support which is a national charity that provides support to all victims and witnesses of crime, in order to help create a safe and just society and reduce the effects of crime and harmful behaviour.
As a witness service volunteer your role would be to:
- Provide information to witnesses on court procedures through pre-trial visits;
- Provide support and reassurance to witnesses and victims during trials; and
- Talk to witnesses about any further support they may need after a trial.
Crime can affect anyone and we’re committed to help everyone referred to us. We have staff and volunteers from every walk of life. This helps us reach out to people in need, whatever their circumstances. We need more volunteers and would love you to help us build an even more successful and diverse organisation.
For further information, please look at our website: www.victimsupport.org.uk and click on the ‘Get Involved’ tab.
Skills and qualifications
We value life experience and an ability to listen and empathise. Full training and support will be provided.
As a volunteer, you will be asked to commit to at least one day per fortnight and a minimum period of one year. The training will take place on Friday 3 June, Saturday 4 June, Friday 10 June, Saturday 11 June, Friday 17 June and Saturday 18 June. In order to volunteer, you must be able to attend all dates.
Your travel and meal expenses are reimbursed.
You will be required to satisfy an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check.
Please return your application form by 13 May 2011.
For application forms and further information please contact:
Sam Smiles or Jen Riddell, Witness Service Managers
Swindon Combined Courts
Tel: 01793 484040
Fax: 01793 484040