CoSA Support Volunteer

Organization Details
Organization Name: Circles of Support and Accountability
Address: 201-1335 Erin St.
Winnipeg MB  R3E 2S7
Organizational Description: We are a program that works to enhance community safety by creating circles of support and accountability around people with high-risk offense cycles after their release from a correctional institution.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Volunteer Opportunity ID: 1730
Description of Duties: Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) offers a caring community around people with violent and sexual offending histories, who are at high risk of harming themselves or others. CoSA is seeking volunteers who can commit to a weekly 1-2 hour meeting with a circle (participant, staff, and volunteers), focusing on support and accountability for the participant.
Volunteers should expect to:
-Learn about participant needs, strengths and risk factors
-Facilitate open and honest dialogue
-Model healthy, accountable relating in accordance with a signed circle agreement and CoSA principles
-Support the core member in practicing healthy behaviours and in seeking outside help for needs beyond the circle's capacity including addictions, mental health, learning disabilities, etc.
-Support the core member in addressing practical needs, such as strategizing ways to secure income or housing
-Respect confidentiality
Skills Required: -Committed to learning about, and working within, a restorative justice context
-Ability to maintain clear boundaries
-Capacity to problem-solve, learn from, and make decisions as part of a team
-Empathic and non-judgmental
-Good interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to be constructive
-Ability to be proactive but also seek support when needed
-Willingness to learn practical approaches for facilitating discussions
-Ability to accept guidance, supervision and support from, and communicate with staff
-Willingness to participate in on-going skills development
-Reliable and consistent
-Recognition of interacting issues of settler colonialism and the judicial system in Canada
Skills Gained/Related Careers: -3 mandatory trainings focused on post-incarceration support of individuals:
Introduction to CoSA
Integration Concerns
Understanding Sexual Assault Trauma
-Additional learning opportunities may be provided in areas such as sexual offending, child abuse and trauma, victim perspectives, stages of change, and understanding institutionalization
-Volunteers receive regular support and debriefs with staff, and opportunities for additional connecting with other volunteers
Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment:

CoSA circles meet for 1-2 hours weekly and we ask for a minimum one year commitment once you are placed in a circle.
Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? Yes
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? Yes
Opportunity is available to candidates that: Fulfilling volunteer hours for school credit
Are able to attend with a support person
Uses a mobility device
French speaking / Bilingual (French and English)
Speaks another language (other than French or English): Any language besides English could be an asset
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
How to Apply: Email:
Phone: 431-688-2642
In Person
Closing Date: Jan 1, 2025
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