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
- 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 to facilitate set-up and take-down of the drop-in space prior to the arrival, and after the departure of participants, including the preparation of food for the evening
- To assist new clients with the program intake and agreement form completion
- To monitor and re-stock the food table as required
- To assist with the enhance programming offerings including bagged groceries – twice monthly
- To interact with the participants according to personal comfort levels, and develop rapport for peer-based support and outreach
- 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 both Program Coordinator and VR Coordinator
Volunteer Screening Requirements
- Minimum 19 years of age or older
- Criminal Record Check – Clearance Letter
- 2 Professional References
- Interview with VR Department Coordinator
- Signed Statement of Understanding Re: Adherence to VCH Volunteer Guidelines
Training and Orientation Requirements
- Mandatory: Online Training Certificate - Basic Hand Hygiene (30 Min)
- Mandatory: Online Training Certificate - Confidentiality Undertaking (30 Min)
- Optional: Online Training Certificate - Harm Reduction (3 Hours)
Program & Site Orientation - Scheduled with The Corner Program Coordinator once the prospective volunteer has completed all screening and mandatory certificate requirements through the Volunteer Resource Department with the Coordinator, Volunteer Resources.
Ongoing Support and Supervision
- Coordinators will provide ongoing support, communication 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 to support academic and employment purposes