SSAIC offers two unique volunteer opportunities:
Child Abuse Prevention Puppeteer Information
“I’m the Boss of Me” is an engaging puppet show delivered to Grade 4 classrooms in partnership with Saskatoon school divisions. This child sexual abuse prevention program tells a gentle story of four friends, two of which have experienced sexual abuse. One child discovers through her friend that sexual abuse is not her fault, that is should never be kept a secret, and that there are people who will believe and help her.
Approximately 45 puppeteers are needed between January and April each year to deliver this child sexual abuse prevention program, and recruitment begins in the Fall.
This program offers excellent training for those who will work with children in their careers, and many of our puppeteers are students in education, nursing, social work, or other human service programs—but that’s not a prerequisite!
If you have a flair for the dramatic and want to help educate children about their right to say NO, this opportunity may be right up your alley.
A: Information on SSAIC and its programs and services; history of this program; child sexual abuse / criminal code offences; internet luring and safety; legal information related to child sexual assault / school board policies / duty to report; how to respond to disclosures of abuse; self-care and boundaries; general discussion about what to expect in the classroom, from the teachers and the children; and our expectations of puppeteers.
We will watch a performance of the puppet show, and participants will have a Q & A with previous puppeteers.
A: Yes. Attendance at the full day training session, as well as a minimum of one rehearsal, is mandatory to ensure our puppetry volunteers are completely prepared for the experience.
A: The training takes place in our building, the Saskatoon Community Service Village. You will be sent clear directions and information about training as we near the date.
A: All shows take place during elementary school hours – usually between 9:15 am and 3:45 pm. During training we will have participants provide us with their preferred week days and times, and we will contact you by email on a weekly basis for shows that are scheduled on those days. All scheduling is done through a volunteer coordinator, and via email. We expect prompt responses from our puppeteers (we can deal with as many as 80 shifts weekly, and so we require excellent communications with our volunteers).
A: Yes! We encourage car-pooling with your team; if that isn’t possible, we invite puppeteers to meet the narrator at the office or another convenient location. It is your responsibility to make the necessary arrangements. You will be walked through this during training.
We will attempt to answer any other questions during training. You can also read the complete description of the program and the on-boarding process on this page.
Please email Heather Pocock, Public Education Coordinator, for more information.
Crisis Line Volunteer Information
To be a Crisis Line volunteer, you must be 18 years of age, and able to commit to a minimum of 4 shifts per month. You will also be required to submit a criminal record and vulnerable sector check (free of charge) before you are able to begin taking shifts when training is complete.
*Please note: Persons who have accessed counselling services at SSAIC must wait 2 years from date of last contact to start date of Volunteer Training before applying.
Volunteers can choose their shifts each month. Each shift is 8 hours in length, and each day (24-hour period) requires 3 shifts; 1 day shift and 2 night shifts. The day shift is from 9am to 5pm; the night shifts are from 5pm to 1am the following morning, and from 1am to 9am of that same morning. Volunteers take calls from home, as all calls are routed through an answering service.
Training is provided; it is an intensive 30 hours of training, as we want our volunteers to be adequately prepared to work directly with clients in crisis.
After your 30 hours of training, you will be expected to:
- Provide emotional support & information to survivors of sexual abuse and assault
- Provide information and referrals over the phone
- Meet with survivors at the hospital or police station
- Record and submit online reports
- Attend meetings and additional training provided by SSAIC
- Commit to 4 shifts per month
Training intakes are typically April and September.
A: Information on SSAIC and its history, policies, and procedures; crisis intervention techniques; active listening and communication skills; sexual violence and assault; child sexual abuse; how sexual violence impacts male survivors; Residential School trauma and legacy; suicide intervention; police investigations; legal procedures related to sexual assault; Saskatoon community resources; self-care and boundaries; other topics as required.
A: Yes. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory to ensure our crisis line volunteers are completely prepared for the calls they may receive.
A: In extenuating circumstances, exceptions can be made. However, to ensure that SSAIC is providing a quality standard of support and crisis intervention to survivors of sexual violence, volunteers who miss more than one training session may not be eligible to take shifts.
A: The majority of the training takes place at our offices. You can access our contact information here. Some training sessions will include off-site tours to the Saskatoon City Hospital Emergency Department and Crisis Intervention Services.
A: Shifts are available on a first come, first served basis, and are scheduled 7 days a week. All shifts are 8 hours in length: 9am-5pm, 5pm-1am, and 1am-9am. Calls are directed through a call centre, so you can complete your shift in the comfort of your home.
A: No, you do not. Just be prepared to take a call at any time, even if you were asleep.
A: Yes! During training we will explain how transportation works in the event that you have to accompany a survivor to the hospital or police station. Also, you can submit your reports electronically, saving you a trip to the office.
You can read the complete description of the program and the application process on this page.