Volunteer Crisis Responder

(Victim Services of Durham Region)

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Position ID: V-OSH0363 Last Modified: 14 Apr 2022 Last Full Update: 14 Apr 2022
Opportunity Details
ContactChelsey Alderson, Volunteer and Student Coordinator, Victim Services of Durham Region; Phone: 905-721-4226; Email: vsdurhamregion@drps.ca
DutiesOur Crisis Response Volunteers assist our Crisis Intervention Counsellors on-site when they respond to police requests for victim assistance * Crisis responders provide emotional support and community referrals to victims of violent crime, and those impacted by sudden tragedy like the death of a loved one * We provide crisis assistance to victims, their families and witnesses.
More Info Linkhttps://www.victimservicesdurham.ca/get-involved
BenefitsVolunteer crisis responders receive extensive training on crisis intervention, trauma, grief and bereavement and providing emotional support.
ClientsOur clients are people experiencing unthinkable tragedy and hardship. Our crisis responders provide immediate emotional support during a crisis and assist clients in accessing longer term supports in the community.
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students ; Men ; Women ; Individuals
Areas of InterestAdvocacy ; Child & Family Services ; Counselling ; Distress / Crisis / Bereavement Support ; Emergency & Response
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Counseling & Support ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; Friendly & Outgoing ; Leadership ; Patience ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Team Work
Commitment LengthLong Term - At least one year commitment after training
Interaction LevelSmall Group
Minimum Hours24 / Month
Dates and TimesMonday: Evening 
Tuesday: Evening 
Wednesday: Evening 
Thursday: Evening 
Friday: Evening 
Saturday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening 
Sunday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening
SeasonsYear Round
AccessibilityNot Accessible ; Volunteer crisis responders meet with clients often in the client's own home
LocationRegion of Durham
Number of PositionsDurham Region 
Victim Services of Durham Region serves the entire region of Durham. Volunteers are required to have access to a reliable and insured vehicle to get them to the scene when we are called for service, and this could be at any location in the region.
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided ; Training is required ; Scheduled training ; Training on-going ; Intakes are done twice yearly, generally in the spring and fall. If you apply and have missed the most recent intake, your application will be kept on file for the next intake
TransportationDriver License required ; Car required ; Volunteers are required to have access to a reliable and insured vehicle, and will be required to travel to provide on-scene support for victims and their families to any location in the Region of Durham.
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsProof of vaccination required
Agency Details
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Organization NameVictim Services of Durham Region
Office Phone905-721-4226
Address & Map
Oshawa, ON
Canada L1N 0B8
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Mailing Addressc/o Victim Services; 605 Rossland Rd E 
Box 911 
Whitby, ON 
Canada L1N 0B8

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