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 Crisis Responders volunteer their time and provide on-scene and over the phone emotional support, crisis intervention, and information and referrals to community resources for people impacted by crime, tragedy or traumatic situations in the immediate aftermath.

We currently do not have a training class scheduled. Stay tuned for the dates of the next training! 

Position Requirements:

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle with good insurance
  • Cellphone and email
  • Police Vulnerable Sector Check (This will be completed through Chatham-Kent Victim Services)
  • Commitment to 36- hours worth of on-call shifts per month
    • Shifts are 6-hours in length or 12 hours in length (7am – 1pm; 1pm – 7pm or 7am/pm to 7pm/am)
    • On-call means that you are available to respond to a call and support someone. You are required to remain in Chatham-Kent. However, you can go about your day as long as you could take a call and respond in a reasonable time.
  • Completion of mandatory training


  • Training is usually held twice per year (Winter/Spring and  Fall).
    • There may be other trainings offered throughout the year.
  • Consists of training in crisis intervention, trauma-informed care, and specific incident training such as responding to an incident of sexual violence, domestic violence, sudden death, house fire as well as training in available community resources.
  • If  any of the training dates posted (if posted) are a conflict for you and your are interested in volunteering as a Crisis Responder, please email to describe the nature of your conflict (how many days, which days, times etc.).


  • Once your application is received, the Volunteer Coordinator or a designated staff will reply to your application to set up an interview to determine suitability for the position and ask you to complete a Vulnerable Sector Check form.
  • Once you have been accepted, you will receive specific information with regards to the training (location, time etc.)
  • Once you have completed training and have been approved to go into active service as a Crisis Responder, you will be asked to submit a copy of your driver’s license, insurance.

Important Note:

Crisis Responders are regularly exposed to other people’s trauma and traumatic situations.


Volunteer Application Form

If you do not wish to fill out the online application below, you can download, print, and fill out this PDF version: CKVS Volunteer Application

  • Shift Availability

    (please check all that apply)
    You are required to commit to a minimum of 36 hours worth of on-call time per month. Shifts are 6 hours (7am - 1pm; 1pm - 7pm) or 12- hours (7am - 7pm; 7pm - 7am). Reminder that being on-call means you are ready, willing, and available to take a crisis call and you may still go about your daily activities as long as you can respond to a call for support within a reasonable time. Shifts are selected on a scheduling system by volunteers on a first come, first served basis.
  • Please list three references

    No family references, we must receive at least two of the three references. References will be contacted through email and asked to reply with a digital reference form.

  • In making this application, I give permission to Chatham-Kent Victim Services to contact the persons named as references to ascertain my suitability as a volunteer. Also, I realize that a recent police clearance will be required to determine eligibility.

    Furthermore, I give Chatham-Kent Victim Services permission to circulate my name to members of the Chatham-Kent Police Service for internal screening purposes. I acknowledge that this volunteer position involves exposure to other people's trauma and traumatic situations.

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If you require support, contact our office at 519.436.6630

If you are experiencing an emergency, dial 911 for immediate assistance.

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