Shrewsbury Town Football Club celebrate Volunteer Champion

Val Collard received her Victim Support’s Volunteer Milestone Award from Martin James at Shrewsbury Town’s match against Crewe Alexanda on Good Friday.  The award recognises Val’s dedication, enthusiasm and willingness to “go the extra mile” as a Witness Service volunteer at Shropshire courts for over 10 years. 

Val got involved after she read an article in the paper about it and thought that she would be terrified about going to court.  She enjoys helping people and putting them at ease.  Val finds that very few members of the public know about the courts and it is important to show people around and explain how it works.

Victim Support link with Football Club on their National Citizens Service programme for 16-17 year olds.  Victim Support will be running a session about being a victim or witness on their April course.  Hopefully the young people will do some community fundraising for Victim Support.

Victim Support are asking Shropshire people to make them their charity of choice in this, the 40th Year of helping victims and witnesses to crime.  A special My Donate page is at
Walkers, cyclists, runners or swimmers or any other charity event organisers are asked to consider Victim Support this year, contact 01743 362812 email [email protected]

“Thank you to Val for all her hard work and to Shrewsbury Town for giving us the opportunity to promote what we do.  The work with young people is also crucial as they too, unfortunately, can be victims of crime.  On the course they will find out what Victim Support offers and how the legal system work”, says Jean Garner, Senior Service Delivery Manager, Victim Support Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin.


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