Fringe Theatre is seeking skilled volunteers to support our Community Care Team. To apply for the Community Care Team, please fill out this application form.

The Community Care Team is comprised of volunteers and contract Festival staff with experience in harm reduction approaches to mutual aid and community crisis response. The Community Care Team will be on site one week before, during, and two days after the 2022 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival.

The Community Care Team is dedicated to supporting unhoused, vulnerable community members who may access various community supports in the immediate vicinity of the Fringe Festival site and the Arts Barns, who are often displaced from their regular use of public spaces by the Edmonton Fringe Festival. This is a situation that has arisen not by design but as a matter of circumstance.

The Community Care Team will accomplish the following tasks:

  • Distribution of water, electrolyte drinks, snacks, and harm reduction supplies to vulnerable
    and/or unhoused community members;
  • Liaison with the Fringe Security, Site, and First Aid teams in the event of a crisis, disturbance, or
    if a vulnerable or unhoused community member’s needs require harm reduction informed
    intervention and support with an imperative for de-escalation and provision of a conduit to
    reasonable safety;
  • Distribution of Naloxone to vulnerable and/or unhoused community members;
  • Documentation of Fringe’s stock of Naloxone for the Alberta Health Services (AHS) Community Based Naloxone Program.

Community Care will be active on site on the following dates:

  • Before Festival: August 3 – 10
  • During Festival: August 11 – 21
  • Post Festival: August 22 – 23

In order to be eligible you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older at the start of the Festival;
  • Serve a minimum of 3 shifts (approximately 15 hours) during the 11-days of Fringe Festival; and
  • Agree to and abide by our Volunteer Code of Conduct.

Ideal Community Care Volunteers will be:

  • comfortable with proximity to drug and substance use;
  • comfortable with handling direct conflict and direct communication;
  • reliable, punctual, willing to commit to responsibilities;
  • able to communicate lateness/absences in a timely manner;
  • self-awareness of your own capacity and limitations, willing to self-advocate around this;
  • able to create and maintain healthy boundaries, willing to self-advocate around this;
  • understanding of and ability to recognize power imbalances, both systemic and interpersonal;
  • basic understanding of and respect for Indigenous cultural practices and protocol (or willingness to learn); and
  • willing to ask questions and learn in situations where unsure or uncomfortable.

To apply for the Community Care Team, please fill out this application form. Please note, all Community Care Team members will need to sign Fringe Theatre’s Code of Conduct, linked in the application form.

Questions? We have answers. Please contact our Learning & Outreach Manager at shima.robinson@fringetheatre.ca.