Volunteer to help victims

2016-11-08 06:00

As the festive season draws near, volunteer structures are appealing to residents to join them to ensure a successful holiday season.

The Strandfontein victim support unit is urgently seeking volunteers to help them with the management of victims at the police station.

Community policing forum (CPF) chairperson Sandy Schuter says the unit needs dedicated volunteers who have a passion for counselling.

“The only experience they need is counselling background in terms of trauma counselling, rape counselling and management of victims of crime, domestic violence and elder abuse,” says Schuter.

The CPF provides training.

“We are looking for mature people with life experience. They should not be victims themselves,” she says.

The volunteers will be required to work on a roster and should be available at any time of the day.

Schuter says they can and will work on any issues through the training and will appreciate help from unemployed people especially.

“We will need a short CV with all your qualifications on it but we are not looking for degrees or diplomas; we just need someone who is passionate,” says Schuter.

Victim support volunteers receive victims at the trauma centre and provide crisis intervention at the station.

Schuter says although they need volunteers throughout the year, the festive season is the busiest time at the station.

“Last year we had 70 children who were abandoned at the beach,” says Schuter.

The most common cases dealt with are rape, suicide, trauma counselling for families of murder victims and those affected by domestic violence.

If you do not have counselling experience, but still wish to help the volunteer unit, Schuter says they are in need of a kettle, cartoons and colouring books, stuffed animals and rape kits consisting of sanitary towels, a tooth brush, toothpaste and soap.

V To donate or get involved call Sandy Schuter on 071 947 8294.

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