Sunday, 16 June 2013

Volunteers at victim support service held in high esteem

Local volunteers at Victim Support Solihull were thanked by the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Joe Tildesley, for their part in providing a valuable service to local people in a special evening recently.

Victim Support Solihull gives free and confidential help to victims and witnesses of crime, their family and friends.  They are an independent charity which works closely with the Police and other criminal justice agencies.

Nationally, Victim Support has helped over 25 million people since it began in 1974.  Most of the help is provided by specially-trained volunteers many of whom have first-hand experience as a victim or witness.  There are 6,000 volunteers nationally.

To mark Volunteer Week, Councillor Joe Tildesley thanked local volunteers for the valuable work they do and presented them with certificates.  Louise, one of their long-standing volunteers received flowers for five years service.

Councillor Tildesley said: "Victim support is a cause very dear to my heart. Our criminal justice system cannot function effectively if victims are not prepared to come forward and report crimes and then have the courage to attend Court and give evidence. The role of volunteers in supporting those victims through the whole process is absolutely key and it is wonderful that here in Solihull there are a group of committed professionals providing such a great service. I would encourage anyone who considers they might have relevant skills to come forward and see whether they have what it takes to carry out this essential work."

People can call Victim Support Solihull for help, support and information anytime after a crime has happened whether or not the Police are involved, the crime may have happened yesterday, last week or several years ago. 

The helpline is 0300 303 1977 and it is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm and Saturday 9am to 5pm.  The service is confidential and free of charge. For more information people can visit www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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