Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness has visited Victims First Northumbria (VFN) to meet the staff who provide support to victims of crime across the region.

Commissioner McGuinness attended the charity’s headquarters in Wallsend yesterday (Thursday) for a meet and greet following her election.

The charity has supported tens of thousands of victims across Northumbria, and offers a range of services to help vulnerable people cope and recover from the effects of crime.

During her visit, Commissioner McGuinness was given an insight into VFN’s outstanding daily work and met with the charity’s staff and volunteers who offer expert care and advice to those in need.

Commissioner McGuinness said: “It was inspiring to see the passion and dedication of VFN’s staff and volunteers who continue to make a huge difference to victims of crime across Northumbria.

“We are committed to putting victims at the heart of everything we do, so it’s crucial that we work hand-in-hand with VFN to ensure those individuals are given the best possible support, care and advice.

“What really jumped out on the day was the warmth that everyone showed. It was a pleasure to meet everyone, and I look forward to building on this fantastic relationship in the weeks and months to come.”

Ruth Parker, Chief Executive of Victims First Northumbria, said: “It is fantastic to receive continued funding from the Northumbria PCC through The Supporting Victims Fund. This enables VFN to support victims and those who are most vulnerable within the Northumbria force area. The whole team were delighted to welcome Commissioner McGuiness who shared our passion to support victims. We are looking forward to working with her in the future.”

If you are a victim of crime and want independent advice and support then contact Victims First Northumbria on 0800 011 3116 or visit their website.