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Organisation: General     Date Posted: 20/12/2017

Opportunity: Witness Support Volunteer

Opportunity Code: VH104-10057

Closing Date to Apply: -

Purpose:
A local organisation that provides free, confidential and impartial advice and campaign on big issues affecting people’s lives.
t's a chance to make a real difference as you will be playing an active part in improving local people's lives and influencing the development of national and local policies and services. You will meet a wide range of people and make new friends.
The organisation provides a supportive environment to ensure that you get the most out of your time with them.

Duties:
Giving witnesses and their supporters confidential support, guidance and information to make their experience of a criminal court more comfortable.
Help witnesses cope with the emotional effects of giving evidence.
Explaining court procedures, legal terminology and decisions.
Showing witnesses and others around the courtroom before a trial so they are familiar and at ease in the environment.
Listening to the concerns witnesses have, empathising with them, and advocating where appropriate.
Helping witnesses prepare themselves for a range of possible trial outcomes.
Going into the courtroom with a witness when its allowed.
Ensuring that witnesses continue to get assistance after court if needed.
Working as part of a team with the other Witness Service volunteers and staff as well as liaising with court personal.

Time needed from Volunteer:
A commitment of a least 6 months.
Flexible hours/days available.

Skills Experience & Qualifications:
All training and support available to deliver role.
Non-Judgemental and empathic nature.
Friendly and outgoing personality.
Listening and communication skills essential due to nature of role.

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