Safestore’s charity partners offer a range of services and support a number of causes, from small businesses to animal welfare as well as vulnerable people and children. The breadth of support provided by our partners makes for an interesting read and our charity interview blog series continues to provide insight into the work that they do. This week we spoke to Victim Support, a charity dedicated to helping victims of crime and abuse by providing counselling amongst other services.
Where it all began
Set up over 40 years ago, Victim Support is the leading independent victims’ charity in England and Wales. The first Victim Support scheme was set up in Bristol in 1974 and by 1986, every county in England and Wales had at least one Victim Support scheme. They registered as a charitable company in 1987 and set up a free national telephone helpline, Supportline, in 1998.
Victim Support are not part of the police, the courts or any other criminal justice agency. Their services are free and available to everyone, whether or not the crime has been reported and regardless of when it happened.
They work locally to support people affected by crime and campaign nationally to put their needs first, ensuring that victims get the support they need and the respect they deserve. Together, Victim Support help people feel safer and find the strength to move forward after crime.
Services available through Victim Support
Victim Support are the leading independent charity in England and Wales for people affected by crime and traumatic events. Although they are a national charity they remain locally and community focused acting together to ensure that people affected by crime are able to recover to the point where they feel they are back on track with their lives.
The charity’s independence enables them to resolutely champion the voice of victims and witnesses, working inclusively - for and with them - to get the support they need and the respect they deserve. From Cumbria to Cornwall, and Norfolk to Newport, their 1000 staff and 1600 volunteers work tirelessly to support victims and witnesses of crime. Dedicated volunteers generously gave over 220,000 hours of their time to VS last year. These volunteers provided emotional and practical support to people affected by crime in the community around them.
VS have a lot of victims who have gone on to share their story, letting everyone know about their experience of crime and how Victim Support helped them moved beyond crime. You can read their experiences on the Victim Support
How to find out more
There are so many ways people can get involved with Victim Support. Their volunteers play a wide range of vital roles within Victim Support, providing emotional and practical support to people affected by crime, supporting office teams with project work or administration, and raising much-needed funds.
You might also consider fundraising for VS by taking part in a challenge event or making a monthly donation. With your support, VS can help more people to move beyond crime. More information can be found on their website.