Volunteer

RRDVSP is looking for volunteers to provide support for victims in the Fort Frances, Rainy River District and Atikokan areas. To learn more, please contact us.

Position summary

Volunteers work as part of a team to respond to requests from police and other emergency services to provide short-term emotional support, practical assistance and referral services to victims of crime, tragic circumstances or disaster.

Training

Once selected, volunteers must successfully pass an Enhanced Police Record Check, undergo orientation, complete a series of training modules and pass a final overview/exam in order to qualify.

Responsibilities

  • Respond immediately to requests for victim assistance from police and other emergency service workers by attending on-site or an alternate safe location. On occasion, crisis assistance may be done by telephone.

  • Provide emotional support and companionship, including answering questions and providing information, to help lessen the impact of the crisis for the victim.

  • Assure victims of confidentiality.

  • Provide practical assistance as needed. This may include transportation and/or accompanying the victim to emergency services, e.g. a shelter or hospital, making phone calls or alternate arrangements as required, help secure premises and other tasks.

  • Identify needs by responding to victims concerns and supply the victim with appropriate options and referrals to community services.

Qualifications

  • Mature

  • Responsible

  • Good communication skills

  • Able to deal with crisis situations (training will be provided)

  • A willingness to commit to one full year with a minimum of two shifts per month

  • Agree to have an Enhanced Police Record Check completed

  • Willing to be sensitive and provide emotional and practical support to victims

  • Access to transportation when scheduled

  • Willing to complete minimum standards training, attend meetings and additional training offered throughout the year for self-development and increase self-awareness of victims needs

Apply

Interested applicants can apply in one of three ways:

  1. Complete the form and deliver it to our office

  2. Complete the Word Document form and email it to our Volunteer Coordinator

  3. Come to our office and complete the application in-person

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