Ashley Moloney, volunteer at Victim Support
Ashley Moloney, a Teesside University student and volunteer at Victim Support, is encouraging others to get involved in this year’s Cleveland Criminal Justice Volunteer Fair.
For nearly a year, Ashley, 20, from County Durham, has volunteered in Middlesbrough for Victim Support, the national charity for victims and witnesses of crime, where she helps individuals and families affected by crime. Ashley feels that volunteering has boosted her confidence and has made her better prepared to enter the job market.
"I’ve been volunteering since the Police and Crime Commissioner and Victim Support visited Teesside University last year to promote volunteering opportunities. Victim Support was the charity for me, and I’ve had the chance to gain valuable experience while I’ve been volunteering there. I volunteer for about six hours each week and the work I do complements my studies really well. I get to support people who can require me to engage with the wider criminal justice system as well as supporting them with their emotional needs.
"I feel I’m making a difference to people’s lives as well as giving something back to the local community. The role has also given me the chance to meet some great people, who like me, give some of their time to volunteering. As a result, there’s a social and fun side to what can be challenging but rewarding work and I get lots of support and guidance from the staff and my fellow volunteers.
"The best thing about being a volunteer is seeing the people I support grow in confidence and self-esteem. Also, the support I get from others at Victim Support is great and it’s brilliant being part of strong and supportive team.
"I think the Criminal Justice Volunteer Fair is a great event to showcase the brilliant work volunteers do for the various services in the area and to give people attending the chance to get involved – I’d suggest going along, like me, you could find yourself the ideal voluntary role!"
Victim Support is just one of many local organisations attending the 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer Fair being held in the Clarendon Building at Teesside University from 10am to 3pm. To find out more visit www.volunteerforcleveland.co.uk or contact 01642 301208
Posted on Monday 27th October 2014