Victim support base returns to Calderdale

Sharon Wilkison and Tracey Squiren with Victims Support Group
Sharon Wilkison and Tracey Squiren with Victims Support Group

Victim Support is returning to Calderdale, four years since it moved out of the area.

The charity, which helps victims of crime, relocated to Shipley in Bradford in 2007.

But since then the charity has met increasing pressure to reopen in Calderdale, sparked by an increase in West Yorkshire’s crime rate.

The new centre, which is likely to be opened in Northgate House in Halifax, will provide volunteers to help and support.

Sharron Wilkinson, an outreach and development worker at Kirkless Volunteer Centre, said the decision to reopen a centre in Calderdale was good for all concerned.

“Reopening in Calderdale just means that volunteers know they have the support nearby.

“The move to Shipley was a bit of an experiment but we’re pleased that the centres are reopening in Kirklees and Calderdale.

“We wanted to take it back to how it used to be before we went to Shipley and I think everyone will benefit.”

The hunt is now on to find more volunteers for Victim Support, with an open day due to be held next Monday between 1pm and 3pm at Voluntary Action Kirlees in Lord Street, Huddersfield.

Tracey Squire, who has been volunteering with Victim Support in Calderdale since 2008, said: “I absolutely love being a volunteer and I hope that anyone who thinks it might be for them should come down and see what it involves. If you find it’s not for you then that’s fine, but at least come and see.

“We’re looking for people who are good listeners and who can give a couple of hours a week to help victims of crime.”

If you would like to attend, email vk@voluntary or call 01484 518457.