Witness service appeals for sheriff court volunteers

Victim Support is looking for volunteers for its local witness service.
Victim Support is looking for volunteers for its local witness service.

Forfar’s witness service has put out an appeal for volunteers who can use their skills and experience to help witnesses and victims of crime.

Victim Support Scotland, the national organisation supporting people affected by crime in Scotland, is looking for volunteers to help people attending Forfar Sheriff Court.

The charity’s witness service operates in every court in Scotland and volunteers provide a vital service to people attending trials.

Going to court can be a stressful experience and the witness service supports people through the judicial process providing practical help, information on court procedures, pre-trial familiarisation visit to the court, guidance regarding further support, listening ear for anxieties and concerns.

The benefit this brings can be huge for people going through a very worrying time.

A spokesman for the organisation said: “You do not need specific skills, we are looking for flexible, adaptable and non-judgmental people willing to commit to a minimum of four hours per week.

“We give full training and our volunteers get a lot back in return for their commitment, whether it is learning new skills themselves, helping to build confidence, having the chance to meet new people, or gaining the satisfaction of helping a cause they believe in.

“Victim Support Scotland is this year celebrating its 30th anniversary and some of our volunteers have spent more than 25 years with the organisation.”

Victim Support’s services are free and available to everyone, whether or not the crime has been reported and regardless of when it happened.

Anyone keen to get involved should contact Rod Bowman, of Victim Support Angus, on 01241 870096, e-mail rod.bowman@victimsupportsco.org.uk or drop into the office at 82 High Street, Arbroath.