Role:Border Women’s Aid provides specialist support, advice and information along with access to safe accommodation (if required) to women age 16+ (including trans-women) who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse.
• Do you understand the feminist analysis of domestic abuse and are passionate about gender inequalities with the energy and commitment to provide high quality support for women affected by domestic abuse?
• Do you have knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of domestic abuse and a reflective, sensitive, non-judgemental approach?
• Do you have experience of providing one to one person-centred support?
• Can you keep the needs of the women who use our service at the centre of everything you do?
• Can you work in a way that promotes safety and empowerment, irrespective of creed, class, ethnicity or sexual orientation?
If so, we would like to hear from you!
We are looking for dynamic, enthusiastic, inspiring women to empower women who access our service; to provide 1-1 support; to facilitate group work and support women practically and emotionally who choose to use our refuge. We are a developing service and constantly adapting to the complex nature of intimate partner abuse experienced by women over the age of 16. You will also work closely with partner organisations, promoting the service and raising awareness.
The successful applicant(s) will have HNC in Social Care or other relevant qualification to register as a housing support worker with the SSSC or relevant experience and willingness to train to meet the SSSC registration.
The main office base is in Hawick but the post holder will be required to travel extensively throughout the Borders area therefore a full, current driving licence and constant access to a car is essential.
Posts are subject to a successful PVG scheme check, suitable references and completion of a satisfactory probation period.
Hours: 35 hours per week with occasional evening work and an additional 2 hours on a weekend rota. Funding is expected until September 2023 so the posts will be on a fixed term contract. There may be part time or job share opportunities.
Salary: £21,497.11 pro-rata
In return we will offer you:
Support & Supervision
We will provide monthly support and supervision to ensure you are given the support you need to do your role effectively. It is also an opportunity to explore your training and development needs.
We will provide access to a range of internal and partnership training courses and also access to training courses provided by Scottish Women's Aid, including a new, intensive Induction Training Programme. We have staff development days that provide opportunities for workers and Trustees to learn and develop the service together as a group. We are committed to your ongoing professional development.
We offer a 3% employer contribution towards a defined contribution workplace pension with The People’s Pension.
You will be entitled to 28 days AL per year pro rata.
Employee Counselling Helpline
We provide you with an Employees Counselling Helpline that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is confidential and can provide support and advice with day to day issues such as family problems and money worries.