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 2018: book your space now!
We also offer a special free version of the training program for youth groups (age 13-18). Contact us to book a date!
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. This is a sample schedule for 2018:
Friday, 1st Day – Get Comfortable
Session 1 (6:30 – 8:30 pm) – Introduction to NightShift and our mission, values and vision; understanding poverty and homelessness. Plus trauma, conflict and volunteer support presented by Alexandria Parsons from the Mobile Response Team.
Saturday, 2nd Day – Get Passionate
Session 2 (10 am – noon) – Understanding the NightShift approach, policies and procedures.
Session 3 (12:30 – 2:00 pm) – An introduction to human trafficking with guest speaker, Trisha Baptie.
Friday, 3rd Day – Get Educated
Session 4 (6:30 – 9:00 pm) – An introduction to mental illness with guest speaker, Dr. Patricia McEvoy. Plus an introduction to addiction with guest speaker, Dr. Paul Sobey.
Saturday, 4th Day – Get Shifted & Get Going
Session 5 (10:00 am – noon) – Compassionate and constructive communication; plus dealing with the overdose crisis with guest speakers, Gord & Brad Mooney.
Session 6 (12:30 – 2:00 pm) – First Aid demonstration by St. John’s Ambulance volunteer, Drew Binette; lunch and graduation.
It’s not much! There is an educational fee per adult 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.