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Volunteer Training Program


Organization: Circles of Support and Accountability - Ottawa

Commitment: Ongoing (more than a year)

Availability: Flexible

Language Preference: English

Number of Positions Available: 20

Location: Ottawa - Central

Deadline: Mar 12, 2021


Fundamentals of CoSA - open to anyone interested (no obligation to become a volunteer): Wednesday, March 24th, 6pm-8pm. If still interested after the Fundamentals of CoSA, attend the rest of training that follows, facillitated by professionals - visit for details & dates.

Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) is a Canada-wide community-based reintegration program that assists individuals who have been incarcerated for committing sexual offenses, and seek our help voluntarily, in their effort to develop a meaningful, crime-free life in the community. Volunteers meet as a group and individually with a 'core member' to assist with the reintegration process. We are looking for mature, enthusiastic individuals of all ages (min. 21 years old), from all backgrounds and lifestyles, in particular, Indigenous, males, and recently or soon-to-be retired; who are non-judgmental, resourceful and have approx. 2 hours/week, and can commit to being involved for at least one year.


Rae McDole


Volunteer Opportunity Address
211 Bronson Ave unit 207A, Ottawa (ON), K1R 6H5


Good for people interested in: Mentoring; Companionship/Visiting; Legal/Advocacy

You will be working with: Aboriginals (First Nation, Metis, Inuit); Visible Minorities or New Canadians; Disadvantaged; LGBTTQ; Men; People with disabilities or medical conditions; Seniors; Homeless

How will this volunteer opportunity benefit you?
Our trained and screened volunteers are (extra)ordinary people! Volunteering with CoSA is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience while working with a person who has been through the criminal justice system and is attempting to reintegrate in the community. Volunteers will garner knowledge of the criminal justice system, social services and the challenges involved in reintegration, in particular, relating to our target clientele. Experienced staff, members of CoSA’s Board of Directors and Advisory Group and associated professionals offer on-going support to volunteers. We don't do this alone!

How will the organization benefit?
Circles of Support and Accountability depends on community volunteers to assist our core members in their reintegration process. Volunteers are an integral part of our organization - without volunteers, CoSA would not be able to function. Be part of the solution!

Organization category: Social services

Volunteer Considerations

Time it will take to contact applicants - 1-6 days

This position would be great for - Seniors (65+)

Police record check required: Yes