Your journey to becoming a VSS support volunteer

Congratulations on taking the first step to becoming a Victim Support Scotland volunteer!

Volunteer to help victims of crime in Scotland by becoming a Victim Support Scotland (VSS) support volunteer, not only are you making a huge difference to the lives and wellbeing of people affected by crime across Scotland, but you are also making an investment in your own professional and personal development.

Apply now to be a Victim Support Scotland support volunteer

Now is an exciting time to join VSS as the Scottish justice system works towards becoming fully trauma-informed

About us

As Scotland’s leading charity to supporting all victims, witnesses and families of all crime types across Scotland, you will be joining a committed team dedicated to helping people with practical and emotional support in the aftermath of a crime.

We support victims of crime, witnesses and their family members, regardless of who they are and their circumstances. Our service is independent, free, non-judgemental and confidential. We offer bespoke support, personalised to the needs of each individual.

About you

We are looking for enthusiastic and committed people from all backgrounds from across Scotland.

While qualifications and experience are good to have, what’s more important to us is to have a ‘can do’ attitude and are committed to providing compassionate and informative services to people who have been affected by crime.

You could be a student or recent graduate who is keen to build their CV; or you could be a mid-career professional who is looking to take their life in a different direction. We are open to applications from people from all walks of life.

We know that our volunteers have busy lives, so we agree time commitments with each individual volunteer. However, we ask for:

  • A minimum commitment of approximately four hours a week, to make a lasting impact on people’s lives.
  • A minimum commitment of at least one year, ideally two, so that you might get the most out of development opportunities and your support experience.

Application information:

The people we support come from all communities across Scotland, as do our volunteers. We welcome new volunteers from all backgrounds and languages.

If you have any questions about this volunteering opportunity, please email:

Recruitment and induction process
We are committed to the welfare and protection of children and protected adults and have a duty to ensure the suitability of any individual who volunteers with the organisation.

To ensure we provide the best possible service to people affected by crime, we ask all volunteers to follow our recruitment and induction process. This involves:

  • Completing our volunteer registration form
  • Undertaking a Disclosure Scotland check and joining the PVG scheme, paid for by VSS
  • Providing two satisfactory references
  • Participating in an online Discovery Session to ensure this is the right opportunity for you
  • Attending an interview
  • Participating in an online Welcome Session
  • Undertaking in-depth training and development
  • Signing and abiding by Victim Support Scotland’s confidentiality agreement; data protection commitment; and volunteer agreement