Real Lives

It is easy to see victims and offenders as crime statistics, but there is a person behind the number, someone you may know. Many people find themselves in a difficult, isolated or distressing situation at some point in there life, resulting from the impact of a crime. Whatever their story, our commitment is to offer non-judgemental intervention, mentoring and support where it is needed. It can be difficult to know where to begin. We focus on what we can do, what is possible and what works.

Our staff team,  volunteers, partners and funders are motivated because their actions make a tangible difference to the lives of real people – real people who often feel they have no options in life. We work to give them back some choices – and offer guidance to help them make the right ones.

We  work with compassion and with the understanding that we all may need a helping hand at some time.  Sometimes all it takes for someone to regain control of their life is a little  emotional and practical support at the right time.

Changing Outcomes – One Life at a Time

We would love to share some real-life stories.

Through the kind donations of time, knowledge and funding offered by our supporters we are able to protect, support and reach hundreds of people every year. We continue to strive for more because we see every day how our services enable victims to rebuild their lives and realise a better future.  We see how early interventions help others to avoid becoming involved in criminal activity.

Frontline Caseworker/Practitioners Providing Support
Different Support Services
Volunteers on Board!

Restorative Justice; Healing the Harm

Restorative Justice  offers victims an opportunity to be heard, to ask questions of the person responsible and to have their say in the resolution of the harm caused. It holds the offender accountable in a more meaningful way, where they see the impact of the crime.

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A Real Story

Filmed & Edited by Alex Lawton

New Leaf; A Fresh Start

There can be many reasons why people become involved in crime but we  believe that everyone deserves respect and that no-one should ever be seen as beyond hope.  Our New Leaf Offender Mentoring service offers practical support and encouragement to offenders on release from prison, helping them to resettle back into the community and showing them that they can make a valuable contribution to society, that they have choices and that with some support they can make the right ones.

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305, 2022
”  Such an amazing team & huge support. Victims First do an amazing job & I am extremely grateful for having them on hand when I needed them the most. To have an outlet which is not immediate family allows you to express your true self without having to worry about the effects of your loved ones emotions adding pressure to an already stressful and emotional situation. Fantastic service & an amazing team.”  

Service User from the Partnership’s VFESS programme

209, 2021

” Would like to say thank you for the help your volunteer Keith gave my son k. Even though k can be challenging at times Keith was persistent and consistent and eventually k dropped his barrier. I feel that we did gain from the visits and k has taken on board most of Keith’s advice and guidance. Keith is a lovely and patient chap and k said he will miss him. Thankyou once again for helping us see light at the end of the tunnel.”

Mum of New Leaf Mentee, 2021



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