MSP pays a visit to local victim support

MSP Graeme Dey vixited the Victim Support offices in Arbroath on Monday. He is pictured here with the staff, who are, from left - Shirley Duffy volunteer, Audrey Duncan service delivery officer, Wendy Strachan assistant business delivery manager Grampian and Tayside, Jim Tracey volunteer and Rod Bowman service delivery officer.

MSP Graeme Dey vixited the Victim Support offices in Arbroath on Monday. He is pictured here with the staff, who are, from left - Shirley Duffy volunteer, Audrey Duncan service delivery officer, Wendy Strachan assistant business delivery manager Grampian and Tayside, Jim Tracey volunteer and Rod Bowman service delivery officer.

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ANGUS South MSP Graeme Dey paid a visit to Victim Support Scotland in Arbroath on Monday to find out about the work they carry out.

He chatted to staff and learned about how they are trying to raise funds in the local area to help with the work they do.

He said: “I was really interested to learn of the very important work carried out by Victim Support Scotland in the Angus area where they deal with around 4,500 cases annually.

“Victim Support are aiming to expand their Angus area committee and to that end are looking for new members not just to train for frontline duties but who might help out with promotion, publicity and, perhaps most important of all, fund-raising.

“I was particularly interested to learn of plans to enhance the outreach service delivered here in Angus, but that would of course cost money and although Scottish Government funding delivered through Victim Support Scotland meets staff costs and some additional overheads there is already a requirement to generate funds locally as well so they really would welcome some additional expertise in that field.”

Mr Dey has also been meeting with senior Angus-based Tayside Police officers to be briefed on a variety of policing issues relating to his constituency.

He held discussions with Eastern Division Chief Superintendent Colin MacKay and Superintendent Ewen West on a range of topics.

“I very much appreciated these busy officers taking time out to appraise me of aspects of policing across Angus South,” added Mr Dey.

“And I took the opportunity to take up with them a number of matters raised with me by constituents.

“It was clear that the hierarchy of Eastern Division very much listen to local concerns and are committed to continuing to deliver high quality, effective policing of the area. I look forward to working closely with them in the coming years.”