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Harm Reduction Peer Outreach Workers (Casual), Unison Health and Community Services

Toronto, Ontario
No deadline noted

(Casual relief pool)

Unison Health and Community Services is formed by the voluntary merger of New Heights Community Health Centres and York Community Services. Unison’s mission is – working together to deliver accessible and high quality health and community services that are integrated, respond to needs, build on strengths and inspire change. Unison is committed to creating a safe environment that is respectful, non-judgmental and confidential, where people are free from discrimination and treated with dignity. Unison is now looking for dynamic individuals to support our Harm Reduction program. Unison employs anti-oppression and harm reduction approaches to provide a variety of services to the communities within the North West Toronto area.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Conduct effective outreach, such as:
    • Distributing harm reduction kits to clients, distributing condoms at predetermined locations
    • Distributing harm reduction kits to clients during non-regular work hours
  • Perform administrative tasks such as completing and submitting the Activity Record Form on a weekly basis
  • Attend weekly peer meetings to report on outreach status, provide support to other peers and to identify barriers to services for those who are marginalized
  • Attend orientation and all trainings

Qualifications:

  • Lived experience of drug use, homelessness and/or incarceration
  • Knowledge & comfort working with street youth, panhandlers, the homeless and under-housed, injection drug users, crack users, sex workers, people who have come in conflict with the law as well as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and trans-gendered people.
  • Be a team player and actively participate in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Harm Reduction program.
  • Good people skills required, must be open, non-judgmental and willing to learn.
  • Must be willing to commit to anti-oppression and harm reduction practice.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Be familiar with the  Bathurst-Finch and or Lawrence Heights Communities (see map)

Resume Hints:

  • Include any volunteer work you have done or workshops you have attended.
  • We want to know about your street skills and your lived experience.
  • Your resume can be hand written, but it must be neat and easy to read.

Please submit your application to:

Wayne Duhaney, Harm Reduction Outreach Worker
by mail: 12 Flemington Road, Toronto M6A 2N4 or
email: wayne.duhaney@unisonhcs.org

Call (416)787.1676 ext. 278 for more information.