Sunday 5th December marks 2021’s International Volunteer’s Day, which celebrates and recognises the tireless work that volunteers do, and their vital work for organisations. One of the charities recognising the work of their volunteers is Victim Support IOM.

Volunteers are vital to the work that Victim Support IOM does. The charity provides emotional and practical support to victims of crime, domestic violence, fatal traffic collisions and usual death.  They also support witnesses who are due to appear in court before, during and after their court appearance. 

The charity receives at least one new client referral each working day, as well as supporting their existing clients, with appointments ranging over a number of weeks to a number of years. The charity currently has a small team of volunteers, and has just taken on a group of new volunteers who are in the middle of their training. Victim Support IOM highlights that they always welcome anyone who’s interested in volunteering their time to help them. 

They currently have volunteering opportunities within their welfare team, witness service and fundraising team. 

Welfare Volunteer – supporting victims of crime and their friends and families to come to terms with the emotional and practical problems which follow a crime. 

Witness Service Volunteer supporting those giving evidence in court namely victims, witnesses and their friends and family members. 

Fundraising Volunteer – Helping out with the upcoming fundraising events.

There is no experience required for these  roles, as training is provided. However, volunteers must have good communication and listening skills, be open-minded and non-judgement, and have the ability to exercise confidentiality.

If you are interested in volunteering for Victim Support IOM and would like to find out more information, please call 679950 between 8.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday or email enquiries@victimsupport.im

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