“This has been one of the most rewarding, educational and amazing experiences of my life.” ADVAS Volunteer

“ADVAS is a powerful organization and contributes to my wellness.”- ADVAS Volunteer

“Learning to take risks and becoming more proactive as a result of volunteering at ADVAS.”- ADVAS Volunteer

“I really enjoy working with and helping victims through their difficult and complex problems.  Training is an ongoing process, and there are so many interesting things to learn that I look forward to the training sessions, besides which we are never too old to learn. I am really enjoying my training and volunteer hours it is a great opportunity to give back to the community of Airdrie and district.” – Volunteer Advocate who started in November 2008

How Can I Volunteer?

ADVAS is looking for men and women interested in becoming front line victim advocates to provide support, information and referrals to victims of crime or tragedy.

We need individuals interested in a challenging and rewarding volunteer experience who are caring and non-judgmental with a sincere interest in helping victims move past their immediate trauma.

Potential volunteers must be willing and able to attend all mandatory training, pass an enhanced RCMP security clearance and commit to the time required of a Victim Assistance Volunteer Advocate.

If you are a mature adult, 18 years or older, with strong communication skills and the ability to maintain confidentiality we would like to talk with you!

Our available volunteer positions are:

  • Daytime and/or On-Call Victim Advocates who work on-call one week of the month with a team of their peers
  • Court Support Volunteers to assist our victims with court preparation and court attendance
  • Board members to assist in carrying out fiduciary responsibilities of ADVAS

Volunteer Training

ADVAS offers a comprehensive on-going training program.

All volunteers must complete and obtain certification from the Solicitor General Basic Advocate Training Program before serving as an active volunteer.  This course consists of instruction on The Criminal Justice System and the Court System, Advocate Safety, Crisis Intervention, Communication Skills, Suicide Prevention and Self Care.

This training is completed online with Alberta Justice and Solicitor General with face to face tutorials as the volunteers progress through the mandated 35 modules.

Ongoing training for Volunteers includes, but is not limited to:

  • Domestic Violence
  • First Aid Certification
  • Human Trafficking
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Child and Adult Sexual Assault
  • Diversity
  • Bullying and Cyber Bullying
  • Death Notification Protocol
  • Missing Children
  • Stalking & Harassment
  • Tours of
    • the Medical Examiner’s Office,
    • Women’s Shelters and
    • Funeral Homes/Crematoriums.

Most of the training consists of certificate courses; all instructors are experts in their field of work.  These courses serve to professionalize our program and to offer volunteers practical information they can use in their personal/professional lives.

For more information please call 403 945-7290

Volunteer Application Form


 

Are you ready for the most rewarding volunteer experience of your life?

You will be joining an award-winning community service.

You will work in partnership with the RCMP.

©2016 Airdrie & District Victims Assistance Society