Who are our Volunteer Advocates?
Victim Services volunteers are members of our community who have chosen to donate their time, energy and skills because they share a concern for individuals who have been affected by crime and tragic circumstances. Our volunteers are men and women over the age of 18, from all cultural backgrounds.
There are two ways to volunteer with Cardium Region Victim Services: as an advocate or as a board member.
What is the role of an Advocate?
We are looking for committed, empathetic volunteers. These front line service providers work directly with victims of tragedies and crimes, as well as witnesses and family members.
Advocates volunteers provide emotional support, practical assistance and referrals to victims, witnesses and victim’s families.
Because our volunteers have a close working relationship with RCMP members, all Advocates must obtain an enhanced RCMP Security Clearance.
Advocates must also complete the Solicitor General Basic Advocate Training, which includes information and instruction on the Criminal Justice System, Advocate Safety, Crisis Intervention, Communication Skills, Suicide Prevention and Self Care. Advocates also attend local and provincial training events and conferences, as they are available. Advocates are reimbursed for all approved training expenses.
Download ourAdvocate form.