Volunteer with SARP

Volunteer as a Sexual Assault Responder

Nanaimo Family Life Association’s Culturally-Safe and inclusive Sexual Assault Responder Program is looking for compassionate, and supportive volunteers who believe in upholding dignity and inclusivity.
As a Volunteer Responder, you will provide practical and emotional support/crisis accompaniment for survivors at NRGH and non-crisis accompaniment, focused on cultural safety, respect and dignity.
The SARP Program, will serve Nanaimo and surrounding areas, providing trained responders to accompany survivors of sexual assault as they navigate being at the hospital, the examinations and other considerations, while ensuring cultural-safety, respect and dignity are at the forefront. This program will be provided from an Indigenous Lens, with the primary intention of serving the Island’s First Nations’ communities.
Responder accompaniment will be provided to all survivors of sexual assault(13+) who present at NRGH, no matter where they fall on the cultural or gender spectrum.
Our initial screening process for potential Responders consists of a brief electronic survey reviewing the fundamental requirements to accept an applicant. If the basic requirements meet your needs and availability, an interview will be scheduled once you’ve completed the survey.
Training for our Culturally-Safe Sexual Assault Responder Program will occur on May 1, 2021, on Saturdays over the course of 10 weeks. This is an intensive and powerful training process. It is designed to ensure volunteer responders are well trained and supported, so they can offer this invaluable service to survivors of sexual violence. Thank you for considering and applying to offer your contributions to our community.
If you are interested in volunteering as a Responder, please contact Kurstin Rispin, Volunteer Coordinator, at k_rispin@nflabc.org or (250) 754-3331 ext. 716.

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