Volunteers are an important part of Abuse & Rape Crisis Support Manawatu and we welcome enquiries as to how to become a volunteer with our organization.
- All volunteers must complete the ARCS training program before starting work with our organization.
- The training is run annually and includes at least one Saturday afternoon (1- 5 pm) session followed by weekly sessions in the evening, 7 – 9 pm.
- The training looks at the various aspects of sexual violence (e.g. definitions, myths, effects, legal, medical, resources and so on) as well as the communication
- skills needed for working with survivors of sexual violence and their families.
- Once training has been successfully completed, new volunteers will be supported in their chosen roles through our buddy support system.
- Volunteers are required to commit to 12 months working with ARCS after the completion of their training.
Police Checks, Confidentiality Code & Declaration of Non Violence
All ARCS staff, including volunteers, are required to undergo a police check and to sign our Confidentiality Code and Declaration of Non Violence.
Face-to-Face Support – on some occasions (although not very often), volunteers are asked to support a client face-to-face.
This is usually when a survivors making a police statement, undergoing a medical or attending court, although may also include meetings for general support.
ARCS is very aware of safety issues for all staff and we operate within procedures to maximize safety (e.g. two staff attending face-to-face meetings).
Education – volunteers are welcome to co-facilitate any training delivered by ARCS. Training programs are delivered in high schools and to community organizations.
Office – some volunteer hours may be available in the ARCS office doing general administrative tasks or working on specific projects.
Board Members – ARCS operates under a Board of Governance. Our constitution allows for up to eight Board Members, whose role is to set the strategic direction for the organisation and monitor ARCS services.
Ongoing Training and Support
Volunteers attend a monthly peer support meeting where they are able to discuss calls they have dealt with (respecting confidentiality) and receive updates on what is happening in our organization.
ARCS offers an ongoing training program looking at issues related to sexual violence (e.g. domestic violence, mental health).
ARCS also operates under a policy of ongoing professional development where volunteers can apply for approval to attend external training that is relevant to our organisation(with costs being covered by ARCS).
For more information on volunteering with ARCS please contact us