Victim Support Scotland (VSS) attends fairs, festivals and community events to promote victim and witness support services and volunteer recruitment opportunities.
Sometimes we need help at these events. VSS promotional volunteers are the voice and face of the charity, speaking to people in the community about the services we provide, encouraging people affected by crime to contact VSS for support, and speaking to potential volunteers.
How could you help?
Our promotional volunteers supervise information stands and play an active role in helping us reach out to empower people who have been impacted by crime to move forward with their lives.
The role requires you to:
- Attend events to represent VSS
- Identify opportunities to positively promote and support the work of VSS services
- Take responsibility for leaflets and promotional items in advance of events
- Direct volunteer enquiries to the recruitment section of the website
- Display posters and leaflets offering VSS support in the local community
Please note: this role is subject to need, and depends on location and number of events. You may only volunteer one or two times in a year. Please discuss this with our Volunteer Engagement Officer.
Volunteering with us can be challenging, but also extremely rewarding. As a volunteer you will gain many benefits, such as:
- Make a difference to people affected by crime, by promoting our services and recruiting volunteers
- Gain publicity and outreach skills as well as accessing a range of specialist training courses that are relevant to your volunteering role
- Learn new skills and gain knowledge of the criminal justice sector
- Positively affect your community as a member of a team actively working to reduce the impact of crime
As a volunteer with Victim Support Scotland, you can expect:
- Support in your volunteering role to deliver services effectively
- Training and development to give you any further skills you need to support people effectively
- Reimbursement of all reasonable expenses (e.g. travel)
We are looking for committed and reliable volunteers who can work with people of all ages, backgrounds and life situations.
As a promotional volunteer you will need:
- A friendly, confident and engaging personality
- An anti-discriminatory approach to working with people from all sections of the community
- An eye for detail and displays
- An awareness of confidentiality issues
- Good organisational skills
We know that our volunteers have busy lives, so we agree the time commitment with each individual volunteer.
As the number of local events vary, we cannot guarantee that there will be regular opportunities. However, volunteers can source some local events themselves with our guidance.
The people we support come from all communities across Scotland, as do our volunteers. We welcome new volunteers from all backgrounds and languages.
To ensure we provide the best possible service to people affected by crime, we ask all volunteers to follow our processes. This will involve:
- Completing our volunteer expression of interest form found on this page
- Undertaking a Disclosure Scotland check
- Providing two satisfactory references
- Completing our three-day ‘Introduction to Victim Support Scotland’ training module
- Signing and abiding by Victim Support Scotland’s
- Confidentiality agreement
- Commitment to data protection
- Volunteer agreement