Volunteer  Opportunities

If someone listens,

or stretches out a hand,

or whispers a kind word

of encouragement,

extraordinary things

begin to happen.

 Quincy Jones

Foothills Regional Victim Services provides assistance to victims of crime and/or trauma 24 hours a day, 365 days a  year. Working in partnership with the RCMP Detachments of High River,  Okotoks, Turner Valley and Nanton,  assistance is provided to the communities in the MD of Foothills and the Nanton area.

Victim Services provides victims of crime and/or  trauma with:

  • Short term emotional support
    • Crisis intervention
    • Referrals to community resources
    • Information on Victims Programs
    • Courtroom orientation and accompaniment
    • Information on the Criminal Justice System

These services are provided by  Volunteer Advocates who have completed extensive training and have a genuine interest in assisting their communities.By providing timely support and information the impact of a crime and/or trauma can be less   severe.

Volunteer Advocates

Volunteer Advocates are not counsellors or therapists. They are highly trained community members that provide confidential crisis intervention and timely follow-up to victims and their families who have been affected by crime and/or tragedy.

Victim Services receive requests from the RCMP,  other emergency services or directly from the general public for assistance.

Advocates work on an on-call basis  during which time they are available to assist either by phone or in person.

Advocates are expected to commit to one 12 hour shift per week. They may also be called in to assist in emergency situations.

For safety and security purposes  advocates are required to travel in pairs when meeting with victims.   

Some of the types of situations where Victim Services are involved:  

Domestic Violence; Criminal Harassment; Sudden Deaths; Suicides; Property Crimes; Assaults; Threats; Motor Vehicle Collisions; Notification of Next of Kin

Volunteer Court Support Workers

Volunteer Court Support Workers are available to provide court orientation, information, support and court accompaniment to victims/witnesses of a Criminal   Offence.

Court Support Workers provide:

  • Information
  • Criminal Court education
  • Court Orientation
  • Court Accompaniment
  • Liaising with the Crown Prosecutor

Court Support Workers must be available during daytime business hours and be  flexible in their time commitment.

Volunteer Advocates and Court Support workers are also able to provide information and assistance to Victims of Crime on  programs & services which include:

  • Victim Impact Statements
  • Financial Benefits Program
  • Restitution Forms
  • Appropriate referrals to community based programs
  • Ongoing Emotional Support

If you are interested in volunteering with Foothills Regional Victim Services please contact us by phone or email.