WHAG provide safe accommodation and community based support for men and women who have been affected by domestic abuse.
Because of the domestic abuse, many men and women find they have to attend court to give evidence against their abuser and while safeguards can be put into place to protect the men and women while they attend court, the fear and emotional turmoil is still with them.
Having a warm, empathic volunteer who can offer a friendly ear and be be with a person to offer emotional support can make a huge difference.
You would meet with one of our clients prior to them attending court to introduce yourself and so you can get to know each other. You would then arrange to either meet them at court or travel with them and stay with them until the proceedings were over.
You would be in touch with our staff, letting someone know where you are at all times (buddying)
While there you would be a friendly ear and act as a befriender. You would not be required to talk on behalf of the client or be involved in any of the court proceedings.
Full training and ongoing support will be given
You need to have good people skills and empathy. Be non-judgemental and understand the need for confidentiality.