Victims assistance program seeking new volunteers

North Okanagan RCMP Victims Assistance Program requires volunteers in Vernon, Armstrong, Lumby and Enderby

The North Okanagan RCMP Victims Assistance Program requires volunteers in Vernon, Armstrong, Lumby and Enderby to support people who are victims of a crime or tragedy.

Volunteers would work within the Vernon  RCMP detachment to offer emotional support to victims.

Duties will include written reports, practical support, court support, as well as referrals to other community agencies.

The program would like to train more volunteers to add to the current team.

Victims Assistance is looking for men and women of diverse age groups to meet the needs of the region.

People interested must be 22-years-old and up, pass an RCMP security screening check, and be available for a once a week, three-hour office shift and eventually be on a call-out team.

Training requirements include 75 hours of classroom training to learn a variety of skills, in communication, the criminal justice system, the dynamics of domestic violence, to name a few.

Volunteers work directly with victims, to provide support, information and referrals. Victims Assistance is seeking individuals who enjoy working with people, who are non-judgmental, compassionate, empathetic and have a desire to help others.

If you feel you have these qualities please call the unit for more information. The deadline for applications is Oct. 15.

Application forms may be picked up at any local RCMP detachment.

For more information, call Anita Eilander, or Stacy Birban-Lauman at 250-260-7171.