Female* Outreach Worker

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Posted March 10, 2020 by
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Aurora New Dawn is pleased to announce the following job vacancy:

Female* Outreach Worker

Are you a compassionate individual who has thought about a career in the Violence Against Women Sector?

Would you like to help offer support to hundreds of victims and survivors of stalking, domestic violence & abuse, and sexual violence?

Then we want to hear from you!

Who are we?

Aurora New Dawn is a feminist led charity dedicated to ending violence against women and children, and hidden violence. Since 2011, we have offered safety, support, advocacy, and empowerment to survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence and stalking. We are a passionate and enthusiastic team, delivering a variety of services across Hampshire and beyond.

Hours of work

Full-time: 37 Hours per week
Salary Within band 5 – £19,000 p.a
Location: Southampton.

*PLEASE NOTE: This post is restricted to female applicants in accordance with Schedule 9 (part 1) of the Equality Act 2010

The Female Outreach Worker Role

As an Outreach Worker you will provide practical and emotional support to survivors of domestic violence and abuse (DVA), including crisis intervention, through both face to face and telephone support. You will develop individual support plans which address the risk of harm, and offer information, advocacy and sign-posting to survivors on a risk and needs-led basis. You will support and empower survivors, thereby increasing self-esteem and reducing isolation.

Core duties include:

  • You will work as part of a team providing high-quality direct casework support, advice, information and advocacy to survivors of DVA through face to face meetings and telephone contact.
  • You will manage a caseload in accordance with all organisational policies and procedures.
  • You will assess risk using the DASH risk indicator checklist, ensuring that this risk is reviewed.
  • You will work with survivors of DVA to increase their personal safety (and that of any children) and respond to their individual needs.
  • You will provide information to survivors in relation to their options, including guidance in relation to their housing, legal and welfare rights.
  • You will focus on the prevention of future homelessness where applicable.
  • You will assist clients in accessing services and benefits, accompanying them to appointments and advocating on their behalf as required.
  • You will contribute to duty cover at our main (Portsmouth) office, on a rota basis.

What we’re looking for:

  • Some experience of providing support to people experiencing domestic abuse, whether in a paid or voluntary capacity, is desirable but not essential. Applications from those with demonstrable transferable skills and good knowledge and understanding of the issues facing those experiencing Domestic Violence & Abuse (DVA) would also be welcomed.
  • A well-organised individual with a passion for helping survivors of domestic violence and abuse.
  • You’ll need to be flexible and adaptable, capable of working under pressure and planning/ prioritising your own workload.
  • Someone who can communicate effectively with a range of people and professionals.
  • The ability to establish and maintain appropriate boundaries when working with those who are experiencing crisis.
  • The Ability to communicate sensitively with survivors who may be distressed.
  • Understanding of Safeguarding, and the legal responsibilities surrounding these issues.
  • Any experience working for a SME charity or non-profit, is beneficial but not essential.

Additional information:

  • DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
  • This post will be based in Southampton with regular local travel, including to our main office base in Portsmouth, so it is essential that you have your own transport. Travel further afield may occasionally be required.
  • This is a fixed term contract until March 2022. Continuation will be dependent on funding.

How to apply for the job:

Applications should be in the form of a letter, sent by email to recruitment@aurorand.org.uk, detailing why you think you are suitable for the post.

Please put ‘Outreach Worker’ in the subject line and return your completed diversity monitoring form with your letter.

You are advised to read the job description and person specification carefully as the decision to shortlist you for interview will be based on the information you provide in your letter.

NB: We do not accept CV’s as an application method.

For an informal discussion about the role, or for any other queries, please contact Lisa Brunt (Service Manager) on 023 92 479254.

To save on administration costs we are not able to contact you if your application is unsuccessful, but I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your interest in our work.

The deadline for all applications is 9.00 am 15th April 2021 .

Interviews will be held on TBA.

Interviews will be conducted via ZOOM.

Please apply today to avoid disappointment!

Important documents:

To download a copy of the Advocate Educator job description, click here.

To download a copy of the Aurora New Dawn Diversity Questionnaire, click here.

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Sarah Cheverton is Aurora New Dawn's Writer in Residence and a freelance writer and researcher. As well as writing the copy for the Aurora website, Sarah works with the Aurora team on consultation responses, communications and service evaluations. She also works as a Co-Editor for feminist news site Women's Views on News.

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