With only four full time staff and the size of our area, it becomes clear how much our program relies on volunteers. If a Coordinator receives a call out from the RCMP requesting Victim Services at an emergency but they live an hour away, they would call a volunteer in that area to assist. A crisis cannot wait an hour for help, people need help ASAP!
We are always recruiting thoughtful and caring individuals that want to help people in their communities.
Volunteers are presented with a wide range of information about topics such as domestic violence, sexual assault, parole and probations, compensation and restitution, and court orientation.
This is intensive 40 hours of training that is required of all volunteers. It is usually offered in the fall.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two day interactive workshop in suicide first aid.
It teaches the recognition of when someone may be having thoughts of suicide and how to work with them to create a plan to support their immediate safety.
Mental Health First Aid
MHFA Basic is intended for adults interacting with adults (18 yrs and older).
It focuses on the four most common mental health disorders including substance related, mood related, anxiety and trauma related, and psychotic disorders.
It teaches you to be well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with friends, family, communities and workplaces.
New training opportunities are always becoming available, such as:
Vicarious Trauma - Strategies for Resilience
GRIN - Assisting Individuals in Crisis & Group Crisis Intervention
Little Warriors - Preventative education and resources for adults to recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse
How to be a Volunteer
Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of all issues surrounding calls for service to victims, information regarding volunteer training and information about SCVS
Must be mature and responsible
Good written and verbal communication skills
Ability to deal effectively with crisis situations
Ability to commit to one year of service
Willing to complete an RCMP Security/Reliability Screening process
Suitability to provide sensitive, emotionally safe and effective service to victims on behalf of SCVS
Valid driver's licence and own transportation
Willing to complete training and evaluation, attend meetings and educational development opportunities
Ability to work as part of a crisis team as required