Community placements are designed to give the residents first-hand knowledge of services offered in the community, and the experiences of women using these services. They will be expected to choose one or two placements from those listed or others that they are particularly interested in, and serve three to four hours per week during their core rotation. Residents are volunteering their time on the terms of those who run the service, and indeed may be informally interviewed and/or trained before being accepted to the placement. While their medical knowledge may be perceived as an asset, this is not always the case. They are not participating in the placement as physicians, but as volunteers. Below is a list of potential placements, and a brief description of services offered. Some placements request that only women residents volunteer.
1. Sexual Assault Crisis Centre (S.A.C.C.)
Offers 24 hour crisis line staffed by volunteers as well as two full-time counsellors who do both
individual and group work. Residents could work as volunteers at the centre after completing the
training program (offered three times per year). A variety of volunteer activities are possible
including answering the crisis line to serving on the board. Women residents only.
2. Interval House
Residents volunteering at this busy women's shelter would be expected to assist in the daily
activities of the house as well as meet particular needs as they arise (such as accompanying
women to appointments). Approval dependent on collective agreement. Women residents only.
3. Dawn House
Dawn house is a shelter for homeless women, some of whom have experienced violence. A
number of Native women use the service at various times. In addition to assisting in the
household tasks, resident volunteers could help in admissions/ assessments, and organize films
and discussions (perhaps around health issues) for women who were interested. Women
4. Alcohol and Drug Referral Centre
This service provides assessments and appropriate referrals of women and men with addictions.
Residents could participate in the assessment of clients (which includes every major life area),
and review cases with the staff. Both male and female residents welcome.
5. Independent Living Centre
This service run by and for disabled people provides information and referral, peer support,
individual advocacy, and research. Resident volunteers (female and male) could specifically work
with disabled women through the centre.
6. Elizabeth Fry Society
This organization works with women in conflict with the law, and operates a "Half way house" for
women on parole. Residents could provide one-to-one health counselling, promoting a healthy
life-style for interested women. Other possibilities may be available in consultation with the society
staff and volunteers. Female residents preferred.
Alternatives offers 16 week group programs for abusive men, co-facilitated by a staff person and a
volunteer, (one male and one female). They operate on a pro-feminist model: the goal is the
safety of women. Resident volunteers, with some training, could co-facilitate a group provided
they could commit themselves for the whole 16 weeks. Approval of accepting residents pending.
Female and male residents welcome.