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 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
Orientation, Training and Ongoing Support
VCH Mandatory Training
- Basic Hand Hygiene
- Confidentiality Undertaking
- Harm Reduction
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.