Take a look at our opportunities below and if you have any questions please check our FAQ section further down the page.
Volunteering will give you an opportunity to:
Victims First Volunteer Advocate
Victims Volunteer Advocate
As a volunteer you will:
Provide support via telephone and have face to face engagement with victims of crime – in their own home or in an agreed location.
Be a listening ear and provide emotional support and care, based on the individual needs of victims.
Liaise with our Support Officers to ensure the right support services are in place and provide updates regarding information shared, support provided and outcomes achieved.
Provide support that may range from a one-off contact to support through the whole criminal justice system and beyond.
Develop your knowledge of local and national services, utilising and contributing new organisations to our directory of services where appropriate.
Carry out your role with a non-judgemental attitude, upholding our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us, unfortunately we are not currently recruiting. Our next round will likely be taking place in May 2023 and we hope to hear from you then. Please check back here or the Northumbria Police website.
How much time do I need to contribute?
We ask our Volunteer Advocates to contribute a minimum of 4 hours per week for at least 6-12 months after training due to the nature of our work.
Do I need to volunteer on specific days or can volunteering be flexible around my lifestyle/commitments?
You can fit your volunteer hours in during your week in a way that works for you as long as you manage the victim’s expectations.
Do you reimburse travel expenses?
We reimburse out of pocket expenses but this does not include the costs you may incur to attend an interview.
I don’t have any experience supporting victims or knowledge of this area, can I still apply?
Yes, we provide full training to all Volunteer Advocates.
If as a Volunteer Advocate, what happens if I can’t attend the core training?
All volunteers must attend and complete the core training before they can actively volunteer, we can offer catch up sessions in exceptional circumstances.
Do I need a DBS check?
Yes, you will require these checks to volunteer for us.
Will I meet victims face to face?
Yes, Volunteer Advocates will provide support face to face and via phone calls.
Am I required to come into the office?
You will be required to come to our office for your interview, training, supervisions and volunteer events. Most of your work will be at home or in your local community.
Was your query answered by our FAQ section?
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