Volunteer Opportunities

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As a volunteer, in addition to helping other students on campus, you can learn health skills and strategies for you own success, enhance your communication and presentation skills, plus meet other students who have similar interests.
Online volunteer applications open in early January and students are able to apply until reading week in February. Successful volunteer applicants will start their volunteer experience in August/September.   

Peer Health Educators

Peer Health Educator (PHE) volunteers help plan, implement, and evaluate health outreach programs on campus. PHEs work in pairs or small teams to do presentations, interactive displays, and walk-arounds on relevant topics such as healthy eating, healthy cooking, physical activity, rest & relaxation, safer substance use, financial literacy, sexual health, and mental fitness.

The PHE program is a full academic year commitment with one recruitment period. Volunteers are recruited and hired in the winter term (typically January–March) of each year. Successful applicants complete online training over the summer months and begin volunteering in September. Look for application details on this page in January–February of each year.

Overview

Given the positive connection between health and academic achievement, Health Promotion within Student Wellness Services (SWS) at Queen’s University aims to facilitate the adoption and maintenance of health enhancing behaviours among students.

Peer Health Educators contribute to this goal by:

  • Providing accurate and current health information to students using a variety of strategies
  • Assisting in the design and development of health promotion materials
  • Conveying credible information to students about health resources & supports on campus

Desired Qualities

  • Interest in healthy lifestyle practices
  • Confident in ability to present relevant health information to a group of students
  • Able to approach and speak to students about relevant health issues
  • Comfortable working independently and in groups
  • Willing to work in a collaborative environment

Job Duties & Responsibilities

TRAINING AND MEETINGS

  • Attend and actively participate in group training sessions (Two to three days in September and a half-day in January)
  • Participate in bi-weekly team meetings
  • Attend additional professional development opportunities as requested

TOPIC TEAMS

  • Participate in regular topic team meetings and events
  • Help plan, design, and deliver relevant outreach for designated health topic area including developing social media content
  • Communicate progress on tasks with team members and team leader
  • Participate in and support collaborations with other topic teams

CAMPUS OUTREACH

  • Participate in organized campus-wide outreach and promotional events—either online or in-person, and will vary depending on the pandemic and local public health guidelines
  • Campus outreach involves signing up for shifts in advance, as well as picking up last minute shift requests
  • Peers are required to actively prepare outreach, which could include facilitating workshops and booths (based on incoming requests & availability)

GENERAL TASKS

  • Create and maintain an inclusive environment for all PHEs
  • Track all shifts and hours
  • Complete evaluation forms related to topic team, workshops and outreach events
  • Complete mid-year peer to peer evaluations & on-going skills assessment
  • Discuss problem/concerns with Team Leaders and Coordinator as they arise

COR Volunteer

Campus Observation Room (COR) volunteers promote safer alcohol use and reduce potential harm to intoxicated students by monitoring them under the supervision of a Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) staff in our on-site, non-medical detox service.

Any students interested in volunteering can complete this online application by Sept 19th, 2021.  Interviews will be held on Sept 24-28th and successful volunteers will be required to attend training on Sept. 30th from 6-8pm.

The Campus Observation Room (COR) is a voluntary, confidential, non-judgmental place where students who have had too much to drink can come to sleep it off. COR operates as a non-medical detox service run by Student Wellness Services in partnership with Kingston Community Health Sciences Centre (KCHS). COR is a harm-reduction program aimed at reducing the risk of alcohol-related injury by assessing and monitoring intoxicated students, and referring them to a medical facility when warranted.

COR is an integral part of the Queen's University initiative to reduce the negative outcomes associated with excessive alcohol use. Its primary goal is to reduce the risk of alcohol related injury or death through observation of intoxicated individuals using established protocols.

COR Volunteer Responsibilities 

Under the direction of a trained detox worker from KCHS (Hotel Dieu Detox Centre), volunteers assess and monitor intoxicated individuals to ensure their safety. Training is provided and volunteers are encouraged to assist the detox workers or take the lead as they feel comfortable.

COR typically opens from 9:00 pm until 7:00 am the following morning during Friday and Saturday nights throughout the fall term and January. It may also open and have extended hours for special occasions such as Homecoming, Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day. Volunteers sign up for in person or on-call shifts, 5 hours in length, from either 9:00 pm – 2:00 am or 2:00 am – 7:00 am, as fits with their schedules.  

All volunteers are required to attend training in Orientation Week, and to work two in-COR shifts per month and two on-call shifts per month. Volunteers are required to be available for shifts during special occasions. In the fall semester, especially during Orientation Week, volunteers are involved with activities that help promote and educate students about the service COR offers and safer alcohol consumption.

Harm Reduction Philosophy

Staff and volunteers take a non-judgemental approach when assisting intoxicated students who need observation. Volunteers take a harm reduction approach to all alcohol education by promoting safety and smart choices, not abstinence.

Qualifications 

  • Current Queen’s University student enrolled in current academic year and eligible to return to Queen’s University for the upcoming academic year. 
  • An interest in helping keep Queen's students safe and working in an on-campus safety service. 
  • An appreciation of common health concerns faced by post-secondary students and of how alcohol is connected to physical, mental and social health. 
  • An interest in harm reduction and alcohol misuse and a willingness to learn more about these areas, including how to provide care to an intoxicated person. 
  • Be self-directed and able to take initiative to solve problems. 
  • Be able to work on a team with diverse professionals, and take direction as required. 
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to communicate in challenging situations. 
  • Presentation skills to deliver information about COR to small and medium sized-groups during outreach events (training is provided). 
  • Technical skills to prepare health communication materials (posters, etc.) would be considered an asset. 
  • Be able to sign and uphold the Student Wellness Services confidentiality agreement. 
  • Be available to complete at least 4 shifts in COR (2 in-person and 2 on-call) a month.
  • Be available to support COR outreach and education (approx. 10 hours). 
  • Be available to volunteer for both the Homecoming & St. Patrick’s Day weekends. 
  • Successful completion of CPR-A Certification before starting shifts in COR. *Note* CPR-A certification (or greater CPR B and CPR C are also valid) is required to volunteer in COR. There will be opportunities to attend CPR-A courses this summer and September so all successful applicants can complete their certification, so applicants DO NOT require this certification to apply to the position of COR volunteer.

Volunteers also need to be available to attend the mandatory full day COR training during Orientation week (exact date TBD). Volunteers involved in a leadership position during Orientation week or with other special circumstances will be able to attend a make-up training during the first two weeks of classes.