The Victims and Survivors Service (VSS) delivers support and services to improve the health and wellbeing of victims and survivors of the Troubles/conflict and Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA). 

In April 2012, the VSS was established by The Executive Office to provide support and services for all victims and survivors of Troubles/Conflict-related incidents. 

VSS provides a range of victim-centred services and support that responds to need and is safe, effective, and accessible. To help us achieve this, we work with a diverse range of community-based partner organisations, agencies, and other parts of government and society such as The Executive Office (TEO), Commission for Victims and Survivors (CVS), Commission for Survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse (COSICA), and The Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

On the 1st December 2020, the Victims and Survivors Service (VSS) launched a new service dedicated to supporting the health and wellbeing of survivors of HIA. 

On 21st June 2021, VSS was asked by the Department of Health to commence a co-design process to identify support and services needed for victims and survivors of Mother and Baby Institutions, Magdalene Laundries and Workhouses (MBI-MLW) in Northern Ireland. VSS currently provide interim emotional support to victims and survivors impacted by MBI-MLW until permanent support services are in place. 

Oliver Wilkinson Chair

Margaret Bateson Chief Executive

Why Victims and Survivors Service is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

The VSS is a developing organisation as outlined above and we believe that joining the VSSNI Board at this stage of the organisation’s development presents a unique opportunity for the right candidate to play a key part in this.

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

Mixture of Zoom or Belfast City Centre location

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

Board meetings are held monthly 10:00 – 13:00 

Audit and Risk Committee and Health and Wellbeing Committee meetings are held quarterly, 10:00-12:00 or 14:00-16:00. 

Date of Board Meetings (September 2022 – August 2023)

13.09.22, 18.10.22, 08.11.22, 17.01.23, 14.02.23, 14.03.23, 31.03.23, (18.04.23, 09.05.23, 13.06.23, 18.07.23 – provisional dates in italic). 

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (September 2022 – August 2023)

Audit and Risk Committee: 12.10.22, 11.01.23, (12.04.23, 19.07.23). 

HWB Committee: 06.09.22, 01.11.22, 07.03.23, 02.05.23