If you’d like to help us help victims of crime, there are lots of ways that you can get involved with VSS.
The Survivors and Mates Support Network (SAMSN) runs eight-week groups, 2hrs a week (6pm to 8pm), for men who were sexually assaulted as young boys or adolescents. Any male who was sexually assaulted during his childhood can contact SAMSN about joining one of their groups.
Two groups will be held at VSS in Adelaide in 2017
Register your interest here.
If you are organising a training or community event and would like a speaker to present on issues affecting victims of crime, look no further. Call the Victim Helpline on 1800 VICTIM (1800 842 846) to speak to our Training team or complete the form below. External Training Request Form
Please fill out the form below to request training from Victim Support Service and someone will be in contact with you.
Volunteers help out in all areas of our organisation. They offer their skills, their time and their experience to help to us carry out the work that we do to help victims of crime. As well as providing direct support to crime victims, our skilled volunteers contribute to our research, help to run our campaigns and events, raise funds, and provide administrative support at our offices.
VSS is currently not recruiting any volunteers. We are reviewing our Volunteer roles and aim to be calling for new expressions of interest in late 2017.
Many victims feel nervous about having to go to court to give evidence — that’s where our Court Companions can assist. These volunteers are specially trained to provide practical support and information to victims of crime who have to attend court.
Court Companions support victims of crime by:
Like any organisation, there’s quite a bit of administration involved back at the office.
Office Support Volunteers generally help with front desk duties such as directing phone calls, making visitors to our offices feel welcome, and helping out our paid staff with day-to-day duties.
Our Resource Centre is home to one of Australia’s largest collections of resources for victims of crime and the professionals who support them.
Check out the Resource Centre’s online catalogue or sign up today to become a member of our Borrower’s Club – it’s FREE!
Resource Centre Volunteers help our Librarian with the day-to-day duties of running a library, such as cataloguing and responding to enquiries from victims of crime and professionals.
Our research supports the work we do to help victims of crime.
Research Volunteers use their research skills and experience to help with our research projects.
At VSS, we’re always looking for people who can help promote the work we do to community groups and other organisations. Public Speaker Volunteers get comprehensive training about the work we do, our history, and our current policy priorities. If you’re a confident public speaker, passionate about the wellbeing of victims of crime and would like to donate your time, we would love to hear from you.
If you have expertise in other areas such as IT, media, marketing, or advocacy and would like to donate your time to helping victims of crime, we would love to hear from you later in 2017.
If you’re interested in volunteering with us and you’d like to know more, please take a few moments to check out our Volunteering FAQ or contact 1800 VICTIM (1800 842 846).
You must be 18 years or older to be a VSS volunteer. Not all volunteer roles require qualifications or previous experience, but you do need to be willing to donate your time to help victims of crime.
Applying is easy — simply register your interest by completing a volunteer application form.
Once you’ve sent us your application form, our Training and Volunteer Coordinator will get in touch with you within 5 working days. If you’re accepted for an interview you will be invited to your local VSS office where the selection process begins.
Yes, if you are accepted as a volunteer, you will need to get a police check before you start volunteering with us. Find out more about police checks and how to apply for one here.
No. Police checks for volunteers who work with vulnerable groups such as children, the aged or people with a disability are provided free of charge by South Australia Police to organisations that have a Volunteer Organisation Authorisation Number (VOAN). If your application to volunteer for us is successful, we will issue you with our VOAN.
Yes, if you are accepted as a volunteer who is working with children (some volunteers do not), you will need to get a working with children check before you start volunteering with us. Find out more about working with children checks and how to apply for one here.
A police check refers to a National Police Certificate. These are only available from South Australia Police and provide a national summary of an individual's offender history.
Even if you have a Working with Children Check, you will still need to submit a police check to become a VSS volunteer.
To apply for a National Police Certificate (NPC) download the application form from the SA Police website.
Yes, our volunteers are highly and constantly trained to provide practical support to people who have experienced a range of crimes. You’ll receive introductory and ongoing training to support you in the volunteering role that you have chosen.
If you’d like more information about volunteering with us, call our Volunteer Coordinator on 1800VICTIM (1800 842 846). We look forward to hearing from you.
Adelaide based 0.8 FTE position; contract until 30 June 2018.
We are looking for a suitably qualified and experienced trauma counsellor to join our dynamic and dedicated team. Applications must be in writing and address the essential and desirable criteria. For further information please contact: Jac Taylor, Assistant Manager Client Services.
Applications close 30 October 2017.
When you become a member of VSS, you support the important work we do to help victims of crime. You also become part of a growing community of like-minded people who want to create positive change for victims of crime and our community.
As well as the satisfaction you’ll get helping victims of crime, you’ll also get all of these benefits when you join us:
Simply fill out this form to join us or renew your membership. Membership join/renew form
If you would like assistance to become a member or renew your membership, please call our Victim Helpline on 1800VICTIM (1800 842 846).
Become a member of VSS or renew your membership with us to remain part of one of South Australia’s largest organisations helping victims of crime on their journey to recovery.
Become a member by completing the form below.
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We offer a wide range of other sponsorship opportunities and levels of commitment that provide a high degree of visibility for your organisation. Our Business Development team will work with you to create a customised sponsorship package that meets your specific needs.
For more information, call the VSS Helpdesk on 1800 VICTIM (1800 842846) or email email@example.com.
We’ve been helping victims of crime for almost 40 years. We’ve long recognised the importance of creating lasting partnerships with organisations that share our vision. Our alliances extend across the public, private and community sectors. Our alliances are often supported by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and are an integral part of our success in creating positive change for victims of crime in South Australia.
If you’d like to become an alliance partner and help create positive change for victims of crime in South Australia, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us on 1800 VICTIM (1800 842846) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be eligible, you need to meet the following criteria:
We want students who:
Absolutely, and it starts right at the beginning of your placement with our VSS Induction Program. You’ll learn about the services we provide to victims of crime, our history and policy priorities, and the roles of VSS paid staff and volunteers. You’ll also get Occupational Health, Welfare and Safety training.
In addition, you’ll get extra training which will vary, depending on what you’re studying and what area of VSS you’re doing your placement in. For example, if you’re a social work or psychology student, you’ll get ongoing training from your supervisor to support you in your contact with clients during appointments.
Simply register your interest by completing an expression of interest form.
Yes, you will need to provide:
You can lodge these documents online when you complete the expression of interest form.
Our Training and Volunteer Coordinator will be in contact with you within 5 working days. If you’re accepted for an interview, you’ll be invited to your local VSS office where the selection process begins.
Not straight away. You don’t need to submit a police check when you lodge an expression of interest form. But if your application and interview is successful and you’re offered a placement, you will need to get a police check to us before you can start your placement.
No, you will not be paid by VSS for the work you do during the placement.
Yes, we’re always happy to hear from keen students, so if you have extra questions about placement opportunities, please contact us. Call the Victim Helpline on 1800VICTIM (1800 842 846) and ask for our Volunteer Coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you.
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