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Position description: 

The Corner program (formerly called Boys ’R’ Us) is a three day a week drop-in service for male and transgender sex workers in the community.  The program has multiple community partners who assist with connecting clients to programs and services through referrals, including:

  • AIDS Vancouver
  • Vancouver Police Department
  • Health Initiatives for Men
  • BC Centre for Disease Control

Program Objectives: 

  • To provide a safe drop-in environment for participants to relax, eat, socialize and access community-based services.
  • To provide an opportunity for participants to interact with volunteers, community partners and the program coordinator for support and information on services and resources available to them across the city.


  • To assist and work at the direction of the Program Coordinator with the set-up and preparation of food and drop-in space prior to the arrival of participants.
  • To monitor and re-stock the food table as required.
  • To interact with the participants according to personal comfort levels, and develop rapport for peer-based support and outreach.
  • To assist with the enhance programming offerings including bagged groceries – twice monthly
  • To assist new clients with the program intake and agreement form completion
  • To assist with program clean-up at the end.
  • To provide support to participants (volunteers trained in ‘active listening’ skills) and refer them to the coordinator for follow up as required.
  • To maintain their volunteer responsibilities to VCH VR Department with respect to:
  • Honouring their term commitment
  • Consistent attendance
  • Logging Hours and Reporting
  • Ongoing communication with VR Coordinator
  • Minimum 19 years of age or older
  • Interview with VR Department Coordinator
  • Signed Statement of Understanding Re:  Adherence to VCH Volunteer Guidelines
  • 2 Professional References
  • Criminal Record Check – Clearance Letter
Role is suitable for: 
Additional Information: 

Orientation, Training and Ongoing Support

VCH Mandatory Training

  • Basic Hand Hygiene
  • Confidentiality Undertaking
  • Harm Reduction
  • Orientation

Attend a program orientation with the Program Coordinator for The Corner Program
Provide follow up report to VR Coordinator post-orientation by phone or email

Ongoing Support and Supervision

Coordinators will provide ongoing support and supervision with respect to The Corner Program and volunteer development needs.

Benefits to Volunteering

  • Learn new transferable skills, knowledge and experience in the area of peer support and outreach to a diverse and ‘at risk’ population
  • Be a part of a larger team or movement that is working towards social change.
  • Engage in opportunities for leadership, community service and personal/professional development.
  • Volunteers can access and request a performance evaluation after a minimum 50 hours have been acquired for the purposes of academic or employment references
  • Volunteers can access hours reports direct from the Volunteer Impact profile for verification of hours.



How to apply:
Contact person: 
Marilyn Douglas
Contact phone: 
Volunteer Centre: 
Cause Tags: 
Health, Social Services
Building strong and healthy communities together. Volunteers complement the care provided by professional staff. As a volunteer, you can gain personal satisfaction from helping others, obtain experience relevant to your future employment or educational plans, meet new people and learn more about the health care system. Community Locations * Evergreen Community Health Centre, * Robert and Lily Lee Community Health Centre, * Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre, * Raven Song Community Health Centre, * South Community Health Centre, * Three Bridges Community Health Centre * Heatley Community Health Centre.
Position type:
Number of volunteers required:
Position start/end date:
14 May 2019
Time Committment:
4 Hours Per Week
Time of day:
Work location:
Community Health Centres
Vancouver, BC