Do you have what it takes to help people cope with the effects of crime?

Victim Support Scotland is currently recruiting volunteers from every age and background to help provide vital emotional and practical support to victims and witnesses of crime.

We’re delighted you have taken the first step in joining Victim Support Scotland on your volunteering journey.

Watch this video to learn more about the support we offer, and the crucial role our volunteers play in providing that support.

Scotland is a nation of kind and compassionate people. When times get tough, we rally around, stepping up when needed and looking out for one another—it’s simply what we do. This spirit is ingrained in the core of Victim Support Scotland, where our team of volunteers embodies this ethos by offering guidance, emotional support, and practical assistance to anyone affected by crime, including victims, witnesses, and their families and friends. 

As an independent charity powered by our volunteers, our mission is to support people from every corner of Scotland. We are on the lookout for more volunteers from all over the country to join us in continuing this essential work.

Anybody between the ages of 18-80 located in Scotland can apply. We are flexible and can help you fit in your hours around student timetables, work, family, or personal commitments.

We extend a warm invitation to individuals from all walks of life and encourage applications from people of all ethnic backgrounds, and minority and underrepresented groups.

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Volunteer Eligibility Form

At VSS, we’re committed to matching the right volunteers with the right opportunities. To make sure this is the right opportunity for you, it’s important that we ask you a few questions before you progress on your volunteering journey with us.

Please complete this short form. If you need any help with filling out this form, please email us on and we’ll be happy to help.


What happens next?

When you complete the form above, we’ll send you a link with a whole host of information about what it means to be a volunteer, what’s involved in the process. You’ll have the chance to watch some of our informative videos to help you make that important volunteering decision. We look forward to hearing from you.

Can we help?

If you have any questions about volunteering at VSS, please email us on

What our volunteers do

You’ll be providing practical and emotional support to people living in your local area when they need it most.

Our volunteering roles are diverse, catering to various skills and experiences. While many volunteers directly support people affected by crime in the community and court environment, our opportunities extend beyond these realms.

We aim to provide volunteering options that align with the skills and experiences of anyone interested in supporting our organisation. We don’t expect you to have all the answers; the team here at Victim Support Scotland will be on hand to assist you and provide any training you may need.

Why volunteer with us?

Volunteering with Victim Support Scotland is both a challenge and an immensely rewarding experience. Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • Supporting people at a time of need: Make a difference in the lives of individuals during their most challenging times, empowering them to recover and move forward.
  • Learning and Experience: Acquire new skills and gain experience within the criminal justice sector.
  • Training Opportunities: Access a variety of training courses tailored to your volunteering role.
  • Community Impact: Positively influence your community as a vital member of a team actively working to reduce the impact of crime.
  • Collaboration: Work alongside like-minded individuals with a shared passion for social justice.

“As a student it’s so hard to gain experience in the criminal justice sector. Volunteering here was the best decision I made.”

Sarah, Volunteer