VICTIM Support in Cheshire wants more volunteers to help people suffering from the activities of criminals.

There are currently 120 trained volunteers working across the county – but it’s not enough.

In 2008, county volunteers supported more than 13,000 victims of crime in the community and more than 8,400 victims and witnesses attending court.

They give free and confidential information, emotional support and practical help whether or not the crime has been reported to the police.

The work is highly rewarding and volunteers, who can claim expenses, get ongoing training, support and supervision.

Area manager Margaret Shaughnessy said: “Without the commitment and dedication of volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to give the level of support that victims need .”

Nationally, Victim Support also runs the Witness Service and the Victim Support Line, and helps more than 1.5 million people each year.

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