Volunteer training: FORGE


Whether you are an existing volunteer or completely new to NightShift, our six-session FORGE training program 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 April: register for the FORGE April 2017 now!

A special version of the program for youth will be launched on May 14. Please email us for details of FORGE Youth!


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, 7th April, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Session 1 – Get Comfortable – Introduction to NightShift and our mission, values and vision; understanding poverty and homelessness

Saturday, 8th April, 10:00 – 12:00 pm

Session 2 – Get Passionate – Compassionate and constructive communication

Saturday, 8th April, 12:45 – 2:00 pm

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

Friday, 28th April, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Session 4 – Get Educated – Addiction, mental illness, abuse and human trafficking

Saturday, 29th April, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Session 5 – Get Shifted – Understanding NightShift’s approach

Saturday, 29th April, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Session 6 – Get Going – NightShift’s outreach services 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.