Crisis Line Volunteering: Experience the Rewards!
Volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of 200 hours of Crisis Intervention work, consisting of a minimum of three four-hour shifts and one eight-hour overnight shift per month. Volunteers will be considered to have completed the commitment only if the 200 hours includes a minimum of eight overnight shifts. Volunteers can only be excepted from working overnight shifts for child care purposes or valid medical reasons.
The interview provides the applicant and the Crisis Society with an opportunity to assess mutual compatibility and to gain an understanding of how the applicant’s skills and interests fit with the work of the society. There are three training groups per year. Successful applicants will be included in the next available group.
The primary prerequisites for taking part in the training program are demonstrated listening and empathy skills, personal life stability, and the ability to honour our volunteer commitment.
The fee for training at the Crisis Society is $40.00 and includes membership with the Vancouver Island Crisis Society. This fee contributes in part to the cost of printed materials of the program. The fee, payable on the first day of training, is non-refundable. Please note that there is a fee for the criminal record check in most communities. A letter can be provided by the Crisis Society that informs the administrators of the criminal record check that this pertains to your application for a volunteer position (in some communities, this will reduce the cost of the criminal record check). If a remake for a missed session is required, a $20.00 fee is attached to this.
For more information, please contact the Crisis Line Training Department (Karen VanderSluis, Debbi Mahaffy or Shawna Gibbs) at 250-753-2495 or toll free 1-877-753-2495 or via email by selecting their names.