How can you use your skills and dedication to support people affected by crime?
Victim Support Scotland (VSS) provides support and information services to victims and witnesses of crime in Scotland. Our café volunteers based in Jedburgh Sheriff Court help raise vital funds for Victim Support Scotland by serving the court users with refreshments and accepting donations.
What will you be doing?
Our cafe volunteers carry out the following duties:
- Serving tea, coffee and snacks to all court users.
- Operate a small petty cash float
- Keep the café well stocked and good in appearance
- Keeping the small kitchen area clean and tidy
- Be a friendly face to those affected by crime[EM1] .
What are the benefits you will receive?
Volunteering with Victim Support Scotland can be challenging and extremely rewarding. As a cafe volunteer you will:
- Help raise vital funds for Victim Support Scotland to support people affected by crime
- Have the opportunity to develop and enhance experience in a catering environment
- Make a positive impact to those affected by crime and meet new people by working actively as a member of a team
What skills and experience do you need?
We are looking for committed, reliable and empathetic volunteers who can be a ‘friendly face’ of Victim Support Scotland. You could be retired, someone wishing catering experience, or you just have a general interest in working for a good cause.
Although we provide training and support, we require you to have the following:
- An ability to communicate to people from all backgrounds
- Cash handling experience
- The ability to work on your own and within a small team
- Disclosure Scotland check required
- Commitment to undertake Safeguarding and any other training as necessary[EM2]
What can you expect?
As a volunteer with Victim Support Scotland, you can expect:
- Support in your volunteering role to complete tasks effectively
- Training and development to give you any further skills you need
- All reasonable expenses (e.g. travel) to be reimbursed
What is the time commitment?
We know that our volunteers have busy lives, so we agree the time commitment with each individual volunteer. However, we ask for:
- A minimum commitment from volunteers of approximately four per week, however this may vary depending upon the needs of the service[EM3] .
- A minimum commitment of at least one year, so that they might get the most out of a volunteering role.
How can you apply?
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:
- Undertaking a Disclosure Scotland PVG 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.
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