|Deadline for Submissions:||Friday January 8th, 2021 at 12:00 (noon)|
|Agency Contact:||Caithlin Scarpelli|
|Email Submission to:||[email protected]|
The purpose of the Request for Proposal (RFP) is to obtain proposals from qualified proponents for the opportunity to be contracted as a Curriculum Developer for our Volunteer Support Worker Training Program.
The Women’s Volunteer Support Worker Training Program will provide volunteers and peers with the training they need to be effective women’s volunteer support workers which will significantly enhance the services already provided by Atira. The program will also provide skills to women with lived expertise and who are looking to reenter the workforce and/or volunteer to provide peer support to women with similar life experiences.
Atira engages approximately 100 volunteers, including practicum students, and over 50 peer workers, representing over 7,000 volunteer hours and over 50,000 peer hours annually. Their involvement in program activities boosts our capacity to support more women and children who have been impacted by violence / abuse.
While volunteers and peers are invaluable to the work that we do, there is a need to offer a structured training that would ensure a deep understanding of our values, best practices, and other practical skills required to best provide support to the women in Atira’s programs. Many volunteers do not typically have experienced working with a vulnerable population group and although all the peers have lived expertise they can lack some of the specific practical skills required.
With the development of a curriculum, the program will allow Atira to consistently offer safe, non-judgemental, trauma-informed, culturally-appropriate spaces and quality services without compromising the extent of volunteer- and peer-involvement.