How to Volunteer
Want to Volunteer at The Centre for Women and Trans People?
We are currently accepting new volunteers for our Peer Support Program. Come find out more about our volunteer program and sign up at one of our upcoming volunteer orientation meetings. Our volunteer program is open to both students and community members.
Volunteer Orientation Meetings:
Wednesday May 22, 2013 from 1-2pm
Tuesday May 28, 2013 from 3-4pm
Want to volunteer but can’t make it to one of the orientation meetings? Contact us at 416-978-8201 or email coordinator.cwtp AT utoronto DOT ca
Anti-oppression and anti-transphobia trainings are MANDATORY components of our volunteer program and we provide you with this training, along with other more specific volunteer training. If you are a new volunteer, you must attend both training days (lunch will be provided):
Date: Saturday June 1 AND Saturday June 8
Time: 10AM – 6PM both days
Location: TBA on UofT St. George Campus
All of our meetings and trainings are wheelchair accessible.
*** ASL interpretation available upon request. Deadline to request is May 23rd by 5PM. To request: email coordinator.cwtp AT utoronto DOT ca
Volunteer Opportunities Summer 2013:
Peer Support Program:
The Peer Support Program is designed to offer students and community members an opportunity for group support from their peers with similar lived experiences. This support takes the form of short term peer support groups created by peer support volunteers.
Peer support volunteers are trained within an anti-oppression framework and supported by staff at The Centre to respond to personal and social concerns, by creating and facilitating small peer support groups around specific topics that affect their lives. As such, peer support volunteers will be empowered to offer mutual support, advocacy, resources and referrals regarding issues they themselves identify with. Peer Support volunteers do not offer formal counselling.
Past groups have focused on issues including: immigrant and migrant experiences; mental health; experiences with the mental health system as past or present users, consumers and/or survivors; stress relief and self-care; violence and trauma; parenting; relationships; body image; racism; poverty; gender identity; gender expression; sexual health and sexuality.
*** The Centre also offers resources, advocacy or referrals on campus or in the community on a drop-in basis, so come in to The Centre, email us or give us a call at 416-978-8201 ***
Food Security / The Spice - Assist with the The Spice: Community Cooking including menu selection, grocery shopping, meal preparation, join discussion and clean-up. Re-stock the Community Cupboard on Friday afternoons. Assist with planning and outreach for food justice workshops and events.
Dr. Chun Resource Library – Help with keeping the library tidy, stocking books, phoning people with overdue books. Help plan and organize events such as Radical Reads: Critical Reading & Discussion. Assist with outreach.
The Centre believes that those who are on the margins are often in better positions to understand how systems of oppression, power and privilege work and are maintained. We especially encourage people who are surviving racism, colonization, poverty, transphobia, homophobia, ableism and sexism to volunteer with any of our areas and to join The Centre’s Collective.