Volunteers Week 2020
This week is Volunteers Week 2020, an annual celebration of the contribution volunteers make across the UK.
This year, more than ever, we appreciate all our volunteers and the time they give towards helping victims of crime.
Although in this current climate we are limited in the ways we can celebrate and show appreciation, we want to say a huge thank you to each and every one of our amazing volunteers.
Our volunteer Michael has kindly answered some questions to showcase why he volunteers his time and for everyone to get to know him a little better.
How long have you volunteered for VS?
I have been a volunteer for twelve and half years.
What is your favourite thing about the role?
What I enjoy about being a volunteer is being able to help people who are sometimes traumatised by what has happened to them and providing a listening ear. Families and friends have sympathy in what has happened to them but are busy people and can be judgmental. We as volunteers give them time to discuss their feelings and help guide them through restoring their self-worth and in no way judge them. We can explain the process of the criminal justice system and the various agencies and support groups available. For the past 3 years I have also been involved in the Community engagement side of VS. I really enjoy meeting the public. Explaining what we do and offering support to people who maybe don’t want to report a crime. The staff here are always supportive and available to discuss issues I may not have considered when talking to clients and I am also always able to discuss how I feel if something has impacted me. It’s a real family feel.
How do you switch off?
I have a very busy social life. I play golf twice a week and I am a life-long Southampton football fan (not so good at the moment). I am a member of the local U3A (University of the 3rd age) it is an organisation who provide interests for retired people. There are so many activities for people to join and gives the opportunity for people to use their experiences and skills again.
What makes you laugh?
Me! I don’t take myself too seriously. I enjoy the company of similar minded people who enjoy life.
Thank you Michael and again to all our volunteers from everyone here at the Victim Care Service.