Volunteering at the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre may mean providing support to recent survivors of sexual assault, helping out with administrative tasks, assisting with events, or developing policy. There are all sorts of volunteer opportunities with The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre; each demonstrates a commitment to support, empower, and advocate for women and trans individuals who are survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse; and to work toward the prevention of sexual violence.
You can find more information about our volunteer roles below.
To register your interest and be notified when we are next recruiting for that role,
click the "Fill in an application" button on the top right side of the page.
If you have further questions, you can email our Volunteer Coordinator
Orillia (zi/hir/hirs w a sprinkling of he/him/his)
Thank you for your interest in supporting the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre!
**APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!**
Applications will re-open January 2nd 2023 for the Spring Cohort
Please let us know if or how we can make the application process more accessible to you.
~50 hours of training + ~42 hours (or 3 shifts) on call a month for one year
Volunteer Coordinator, Access Line Coordinator/Clinic Coordinator
Position open to:
Trans, Two-Spirit, Non-Binary, gender non-conforming people, and cis-women age 19+
Applicants who have used VSAC services must be 1 year past last date of service at time of application. This position is not open to cis-men.
The purpose of SART is to provide survivors of recent sexualized assault with emotional support and information on the community resources available to them. This requires Support Worker volunteers to liaise with hospital and police staff (as requested by the survivor) to support the survivor in accessing the services of their choice. Support may be offered over the phone, or in person at Victoria General Hospital, any of the local police departments, or at the Victoria Sexual Assault Clinic (operated by VSAC). The Victoria Sexual Assault Clinic is the only fully integrated sexualized assault clinic in western Canada, meaning that a survivor can access support, medical services, and police reporting all at the Clinic.
VSAC Mission Statement
The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre is a feminist organization committed to ending sexualized violence through healing, education, and prevention. We are dedicated to supporting women and all Trans survivors of sexualized assault and childhood sexualized abuse through advocacy, counselling, and empowerment.
Values of Victoria Sexual Assault Centre
This training is typically delivered all in-person over 3 months, including trips to Victoria General Hospital and the Victoria Police Department. Due to COVID-19, those trips are to be determined.
Training will be delivered via a combination of in-person and Zoom sessions, and through self-paced online modules. The training cohort will be separated into two groups when in person to make social distancing possible.
SART Support Worker Responsibilities
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
SART includes team members from Forensic Nurse Examiners and all Police Detachments. VSAC volunteers work both independently and as part of the team. Work will take place at the VSAC Clinic, Hospital, Police Station or other community agency in mixed indoor environments. Volunteers will provide emotional support over the phone from their home on a VSAC provided cell phone. This position requires overnight shift work and being on call for between 8-16 hrs, carrying a pager.
Benefits to Volunteer
Fall/Winter 2022 Training Schedule
*Sessions that are split by time or date require trainees to attend only one of each time/date*
Applications open: July 11th, 2022 – August 8th, 2022
Interviews: August 22nd – 26, 2022 and September 5th-9th
Successful applicants contacted: September 12th, 2022
Please direct any questions or comments to Orillia Gail (zi/hir/hirs) Volunteer Coordinator: email@example.com
VSAC relies on volunteers to support us in hosting
events throughout the year.
Our biggest is the Triathlon of Compassion.
This year's Triathlon will be held on Sunday, August 8th from 6am-11am.
**Applications are now closed**
Volunteers stand throughout the course to direct and cheer on the athletes. VSAC will not be able to provide water and safety vests, due to COVID-19, but you are encouraged to bring sunscreen, a folding chair, water, snacks, a hat, and anything you'd like to help you cheer on the athletes!
You must be age 19 or older to volunteer at this event.
Due to COVID-19, volunteers will be well-spaced out along the course. You will be assigned to your station alone, unless someone in your bubble also signs up and you both indicate on your application form that you would like to be stationed together.
*Applications are now closed and will reopen Spring 2023*
**If you are interested in applying then, please complete the general interest application form (top right on this page) and you will be notified when Board-specific applications are open**
Looking for an opportunity to support your community? To share your skills and experience with a feminist organization committed to ending sexualized violence through healing, education, and prevention? The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre (VSAC) is seeking new board and committee members to support the work of the organization in the coming year.
We encourage applicants with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities in Board roles and those with experience in the Legal Field, Human Resources, Fund Development, and Accounting to support our board committees.
To reflect the diversity of the community we serve we strive for the VSAC’s board and
committees to reflect the diversity of the community including members of visible
minority groups, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, sex workers,
LGBQ+ persons, Trans, Two-Spirit and Gender Non-Conforming persons.
To read the full Board of Directors volunteer role description, click here.
To reach the full Committee Member volunteer role description, click here.
Application Deadline: Saturday, April 30, 2022
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed throughout the week of May 16 - 20th.
Policy Restrictions - VSAC has policies that restrict the participation of cis-gender men,
members or formers members of police organizations, current and recent clients.
If any of these apply to you please contact us for more information at: BoardChairs@vsac.ca
Office Assistant Volunteers support the day-to-day operations of VSAC.
***Applications are OPEN for WINTER 2023***
Responsibilities include database entry, assistance with fundraising projects and events, helping staff with various administrative activities, assistance with any photocopying and/or typing, filing, and processing and sending out mail.
Prospective volunteers should have a strong ability to work with others, be comfortable working independently, posses strong computer skills, and be comfortable with repetitive tasks.
VSAC will provide an orientation to the agency and volunteer role, as well as additional training in specific software as appropriate. Office Assistant Volunteers are welcome at all additional VSAC volunteer events, such as ongoing training, social events, and volunteer appreciation.
VSAC is looking for volunteers who share our values:
We are currently accepting applications for WINTER 2023. If you are interested and would like to be put on our list for the upcoming training please fill in the general interest application form linked at the top right-side of this page.
The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre is a feminist organization committed to ending sexualized violence through healing, education, and prevention. We are dedicated to supporting women and all trans survivors of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse, through advocacy, counselling, and empowerment.