DVA Worker;Isolated Communities (Dragonfly Project)VIEW OTHER VACANCIES
Location: North Hampshire covering Basingstoke, Andover and Winchester
Contract Type: Permanent
To Start: As soon as possible
YOU is a registered charity that has been providing care, support and advice for over 30 years to vulnerable people across Hampshire and Dorset and we have recently launched new domestic abuse and sexual violence services across West Sussex and the Isle of Wight. Our aim is to give the people we work with the tools and resources they need to live independent, secure and valued lives.
You First is the Hidden Violence and Abuse Service covering Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight. This innovative and exciting service works with victims of domestic abuse, stalking, sexual crime and children and young people. Our services aim to support the whole family where we are able.
The service offers a variety of support and interventions including outreach, refuge, target hardening, court support, and recovery groups.
The ideal person for this post will:
- Have considerable experience of supporting women, men and children as victims and survivors of domestic abuse
- Have knowledge of Honour Based Violence, Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation
- Have experience of working with diversity and inclusion
- Know about local resources and be able to work in partnership
- Be able to deliver groups and 1:1 session within diverse communities
- Be committed to building resilience in isolated communities
This is an exciting role for an experienced practitioner who wants to develop their skills by providing specialist and targeted support to individuals and families with diverse and complex needs. You will be able to identify and engage with groups such as rural populations, older people, BAMER and LGBTQ+ communities and other isolated groups highlighted through the development of this project.
As well as the one to one work you will work in close partnership to build resilience and sustainability within communities by delivering the Dragonfly Project training to champions – allowing each community to offer safe spaces for these affected by domestic violence and abuse to talk in confidence.
You will be passionate about supporting diverse communities to develop their own resilience and you will excel at supporting individuals – co-producing risk assessments and support plans that reflect the needs of each person you work with. You may support clients to enter a refuge or work with them in their own homes, working in partnership with your Sanctuary colleagues to ensure their homes are as safe as possible. You will be innovative in your practice and be able to identify and work within diverse and isolated communities – being confident to engage with all to ensure everyone receives the same opportunities to access commissioned services.
Together we will identify those who wish to become champions and you will deliver training and on-going support to community befrienders, building a solid network of support across our communities. A key skill will be your ability to develop partnerships, strengthen pathways and links to other services to increase collaborative working. You will be able to write reports and evidence the activities you engage with in a coherent way to enable the manager to present outcomes of the project.
YOU has a strong value base, striving to be person-centred, innovative, trustworthy, can-do and excellent at all times, so it is important that you are as passionate about these principles as we are.
If you choose to begin a career with our organisation, you are guaranteed:
- Competitive rates of pay and paid travel time, including a higher mileage rate for car sharing.
- Enhanced annual leave entitlements, with the opportunity to buy and sell holiday.
- Matched pension scheme contributions, plus Death in Service Benefit and salary sacrifice options.
- Enhanced sick pay allowances and paid compassionate and emergency dependent leave.
- Excellent and professionally certified training, as well as access to fully-funded apprenticeship programmes.
- Real opportunities to develop in your profession.
- Free health and wellbeing advice via a 24/7, confidential Employee Assistance Programme.
- Everything you need to carry out your role free of charge, which may include a mobile phone, safety equipment and other necessary technology, a uniform where applicable, and of course a nice cup of tea or coffee throughout your day!
- Access to discounts across lots of your favourite stores and online shopping sites, as well as discounted bus travel on the First bus network.
- A company that is committed to its employees, valuing their knowledge, creativity and flexibility.
- The chance to work with amazing people.
How to Apply
If you think you have the skills to provide this service, we can’t wait to hear from you! Please click ‘Apply’ to forward your details on to us; please be sure to include your name, email address and contact telephone number. The recruiting manager may then send a couple of additional questions for you to answer, and if you are successful from this screening, you will be invited to attend an assessment and interview.