As Victim Support celebrates its 40th anniversary, Tony Lloyd has paid tribute to the volunteers who have helped thousands of victims of crime across Greater Manchester.
From humble beginnings as a local community project, the independent charity has grown into the world’s biggest charity for victims and witnesses, with ten branches across Greater Manchester
It now contacts more than one million victims of crime every year and helps more than 200,000 people giving evidence in court.
In Greater Manchester alone over the last year, staff and volunteers have helped 31,000 victims and nearly 11,000 witnesses through the criminal justice system.
New analysis of Victim Support’s records shows an estimated 55,000 people have volunteered for the charity over the years, which has helped or contacted at least 30 million victims of crime.
Tony said: “Victim Support provides a lifeline to more than a million victims each year, including thousands in Greater Manchester. Without volunteers willing to give up their own time to offer help and support to people at what is a very distressing time, Victim Support wouldn’t be able to provide this invaluable service. They make a real difference and on behalf of the people of Greater Manchester, I thank them.
“Organisations like Victim Support give victims a voice in the criminal justice system and it’s vital that we work with them to improve the service we provide to victims and witnesses and make sure their needs are the centre of everything we do – that’s something I’m committed to in Greater Manchester and I’m sure this is shared by Police and Crime Commissioners up and down the country.”
Lesley Daniels, Divisional Manager for Greater Manchester, said: “Thanks must go to our professional, dedicated and committed volunteers and staff. Together, and with the support of other organisations both voluntary and statutory we are able to deliver an holistic service to victims and witnesses throughout Greater Manchester. We continue to put victims and witnesses at the heart of everything we do whilst upholding our core values of strength, diversity, excellence and ambition.