The Starting Point volunteer training follows NH RSA law for confidentiality, meaning in order to work directly with clients, one has to complete 30 hours in total. The breakdown amounts to 24 in-person/online and six hours of self-guided study with the direction of our trainers. Training also includes all the shadowing and support needed to feel comfortable. We provide recertification sessions yearly and regular opportunities to interact with staff, volunteers, and board members. And a once a year Volunteer Appreciation get-together!
Starting October 5, the training will be held online on Thursdays from 5 to 8 pm for seven weeks, and one in-person training. Dates include October 5, 12, 19, 26, & November 2, 9, and 16. We’ll take the Thanksgiving break and then have our final meeting on Nov. 30 in person from 5 to 8 pm at the Advocacy Center in Conway, 30 Pleasant St.
If you are not interested in direct service but would like to help with fundraisers and prevention work, we ask that you attend the first three sessions to have a better understanding of the work. After these nine hours, a facilitator will work with you to complete your application and arrange your volunteer time.
The initial commitment to training is a lot; we understand this and appreciate you and your time!
After the training, you can decide how much time you wish to commit. Perhaps, once a year at an event, twice a month on our crisis line, or seven days a week in our shelter! It’ll be up to you.
Awareness is one of our greatest prevention tools, so anyone interested in learning more about Starting Point and the work is welcome to attend regardless of your commitment to volunteering.
Topics include domestic and sexual violence, stalking, human trafficking, court & hospital advocacy, child and family services, LGBTQ+, intersectionality, listening skills, rape culture, trauma-informed advocacy, anti-oppression, community engagement skills for social justice, and more.
For more information or to register email [email protected]
Conway Office: 603.447.2494
PO Box 1972, Conway, NH 03818
All services are offered free of charge and are strictly confidential.
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