A service dedicated to helping witnesses and victims of crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) is looking for volunteers.

Goleudy is a service commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner that provides anyone affected by crime or ASB, regardless of if they’ve reported it to the police, with the support they need to recover from their experience.

Volunteers help specialist support officers provide a tailored support plan to witnesses and victims and the service needs more help. In particular Goleudy is looking for Community Victim Support Volunteers, who are required to give confidential listening support and practical help to victims and witnesses of crime.

Goleudy manager Nichola Rance said: “Our service is complemented by the support from our volunteers and currently due to a number of our volunteers retiring, gaining new employment and undertaking post graduate studies, our numbers are low. Therefore, I would like to encourage a new intake of volunteers. An increase in our volunteer numbers would provide a swifter response to our victims and the ability for Goleudy’s profile to be raised and promoted within our communities across the force area.

“The role of Community Victim Support Volunteers is a rewarding and interesting opportunity for someone who likes the idea of helping vulnerable people get through a difficult time. You have to be over 18 and would have to go through specialist training and a vetting process before embarking on the role. I strongly urge people to get in touch if they wish to know more about this opportunity. The closing date for applications is October 31 so please get your applications in to us as soon as possible.”

The role entails contacting people who have been victims of crime or ASB, either on the phone, or at the victim’s home, communicating a way appropriate to the person being supported, clearly explain the support Goleudy can offer to empower victims to overcome the emotional, psychological and practical effects of crime.

Goleudy volunteer Marilyn Hinks said: “Volunteering with Goleudy makes me feel valued and useful. It has given me the opportunity to help people who have been through difficult experiences to regain the confidence in themselves.”

Goleudy volunteer Peter Stych has been volunteering since 1963. He joined Victim Support in 1990 and then Goleudy when the services merged.

He said: “It’s true that it is for the food of the community but I get a lot personally from volunteering. You get to meet some cracking people and experience new things.”

Sarah Davies, another Goleudy Volunteer said: “Volunteering with Goleudy is a good opportunity to meet people and enhance your skills. It’s really rewarding. If you can make a difference to people that’s really wonderful.”

Goleudy offers support to victims and witnesses in Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Powys. The crime does not need to have been reported to police before accessing the support available. One of the roles of Goleudy is to talk to someone about their options if they haven’t reported the crime, talk through what happened to them and how they feel about it.

Goleudy aims to provide a high standard of care for victims and witnesses in the Criminal Justice System. For more information about Goleudy visit www.goleudyvictimandwitnessservice.org.uk.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday, October 31.

To find out more about volunteering for Goleudy email volunteers@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or call 01267 226463.

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