Victim Support at Court: Volunteer Court Accompaniment

Victim Support at Court: Trim Circuit and District Court

About Victim Support at Court

Victim Support at Court or V-SAC is the only voluntary service in Ireland dedicated solely to court accompaniment for victims of crime, their families and witnesses. We are at the forefront of delivering a high quality court accompaniment service within the Irish judicial system.

Our services are free and available to anyone who has been a victim of crime. Our trained volunteers provide:

  • A chance for a pre-trial visit to a courtroom
  • Someone to talk to in confidence during the trial
  • Information about An Garda Síochána and court procedures
  • Referrals to other organisations/ sources of support
  • Information about victims’ rights and information on other sources of help

What's required for this position

Volunteers must be able to provide a non-judgemental listening ear for the victim. Empathy & confidentiality are most important and awareness of and adherence to the boundaries of the role.

  • Empathy and a willingness to support victims of crime
  • Excellent listening, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility, reliability and willingness to travel
  • Self-motivated
  • Comfortable working independently
  • Possesses the ability to work in very busy or quiet environments
  • Ability to follow guidelines and represent the charity in a positive manner
  • Common sense approach
  • Light administration
  • 1 year commitment with a minimum of 1 day per week

Volunteers are only required during the duration of court sittings, which are: April – May, May – June, and October – December.

What you will receive

  • Regular support and supervision
  • The chance to meet and help people from all walks of life
  • Personal development opportunities
  • A real opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives
  • Formal reference given upon request

Other Details

Due to the nature of working with vulnerable people we have a comprehensive screening process:

  • Online application form
  • One to one meeting
  • Two day training
  • 6-8 weeks of shadowing another volunteer (depending on how many days you can volunteer)
  • Garda Vetting

Please apply through our website www.vsac.ie/volunteering-with-us or contact Niamh at info@vsac.ie

Region: 

Trim, Co Meath

Expiry date: 

07/09/18

Date Entered/Updated: 

08/08/18