NI Victims and survivors’ forum seeks new members

Commissioner  for Victims and Survivors Judith Thompson.
Commissioner for Victims and Survivors Judith Thompson.

Victims and survivors are being invited to express an interest in joining an advisory panel working with the victims’ commissioner.

Launching its call for new members on Tuesday, the Commission for Victims and Survivors said it hoped to create a wider advisory body, and to replenish the membership.

The new panel will be appointed for the period June 2016 - September 2019 and the application process opens on Wednesday.

Expressions of interest are to be registered by May 4 at 4pm.

Commissioner for Victims and Survivors Judith Thompson said: “We hope that this call will reach out to all those who meet the eligibility criteria and feel empowered to put themselves forward.

“The role of the panel and the Victims Forum is a vitally important one and with the replenishment of the membership we are determined to make real progress to ensure the voice of Victims and Survivors is heard in dealing with the past.

“Future planning for the Victims and Survivors of the Northern Ireland conflict is essential as the aim of the Forum is to help build a shared and better future. This means that an ongoing assessment of the needs of victims and survivors is crucial. Practically, funding arrangements and the provision of services which accompany these issues also need to be tackled and solutions found.”

Ms Thompson added: “We hope that this call will reach out to all those who meet the eligibility criteria and feel empowered to put themselves forward to join the panel and the forum.”

Application forms can be accessed at www.cvsnipanel.org, and further information on the commission is available at www.cvsni.org