Volunteer training: FORGE


Whether you’re an existing volunteer or completely new to NightShift, our six-session (4-day) FORGE course provides a good foundation for anyone aged 19 and over to get involved in street outreach at NightShift, or elsewhere. Our next FORGE session takes place on two Friday evenings and two Saturdays in November: register for the FORGE November 2017 now!

A special version of the program for youth (age 13-18) is being rescheduled from October 15th to a Sunday in December. FORGE Youth registration now open!


FORGE helps you to serve and lead well and provides you with reliable tools for your belt. The material will help you to understand street life and poverty and will build on those skills with communication, compassion and teamwork. You will meet police officers, addictions and mental illness specialists, counsellors and more. These caring professionals will teach from their areas of expertise, providing you the most up-to-date, applicable information possible. There will be classroom interaction, role-playing, group discussions, personal analysis and hands-on training. As a bonus, the program provides life-skills training that can be applied in any area of your life.


Our job is not done. There is a growing number of people in need all over our cities. It’s going to take an army of passionate, equipped people to reach them. It’s our job to empower you with the teaching and training you need to serve and make a difference.


Sessions take place in our Education centre at 10635 King George Boulevard in Surrey, BC and on the street where we serve.


Friday, 3rd November, 6:30 – 9:15 pm

Session 1 – Get Comfortable – Introduction to NightShift and our mission, values and vision; understanding poverty and homelessness; introduction to addiction. Guest speaker: Dr. Paul Sobey

Saturday, 4th November, 10:00 – 12:00 pm

Session 2 – Get Passionate – Compassionate and constructive communication; the overdose crisis.
Guest speakers: Gord & Brad Mooney

Saturday, 4th November, 12:45 – 2:00 pm

Session 3 – Get Together – Understanding responsibilities, team dynamics, and policies and procedures.

Friday, 24th November, 6:30 – 9:15 pm

Session 4 – Get Educated, Part I – Mental illness, abuse, trauma and conflict.
Guest speaker: Dr. Patricia McEvoy

Saturday, 25th November, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Session 5 – Get Educated, Part II – Human trafficking; First Aid
Guest speakers: Trisha Baptie & Drew Binette

Saturday, 25th November, 4:15 – 9:00 pm

Session 6 – Get Shifted & Get Going – Understanding NightShift’s approach; heading out into outreach service; dinner and graduation.


It’s not much! There is an educational fee per person of $60 (or $100 per couple) to help cover the cost of materials, including a participant’s guide, a copy of The Shift book, NightShift gear, a graduation certificate and more.