VICTIMS of crime in Wyre Forest need more people to help them come to terms with the experiences they have been through, according to chiefs of an organisation intended to help them.

Victim Support Worcestershire is appealing for more volunteers in the Wyre Forest district.

Crimes that people helped by Victim Support have suffered from range from burglary to murder and include assault, robbery, child abuse, rape and manslaughter.

New volunteers responding to the organisation's appeal will be given extensive training, as well as on-going support and guidance from other members of Victim Support.

Tony Breeze, the group's Worcestershire area manager, said: "We are looking for adult volunteers of all ages and would particularly encourage recruits from ethnic backgrounds.

"Our recruit training course allows individuals to transfer their skills to help crime victims. Our current team finds the work interesting and rewarding."

Among members providing support to volunteers is Chris Norfolk, the scheme's Kidderminster manager.

He said: "The initial recruit course takes five days. Thereafter, there are periodic training sessions."

Mr Breeze added that anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should ring Mr Norfolk on 01562 743900.