Are you looking for a dynamic and rewarding role working for an organisation with the feminist agenda at the core of its ethos? Do you believe in our values; to listen and support, to empower and respect, collaborate, innovate, and take accountability?
Then Advance could be the career choice for you!
Job Title: Young Women and Girls (YWG) Groups Coordinator
Salary: £27,000 –£30,000 pro rata per annum, depending on experience.
Location: To support service provision across London Boroughs of Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Camden, Islington and Westminster.
Hours: Part time, 21 hours per week, flexibility required to work 11-7 to fit around school timetables and to meet the needs of young women and girls.
Contract: Fixed term contract
Benefits: 30 days holiday plus bank holidays, and a day off for International Women’s Day; workplace pension scheme; access to our Employee Assistance Programme; various forms of wellbeing support and access to our wellness platform; Perk Box, organisation wide away days; enhanced maternity benefits (full pay up to 12 weeks).
This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010. Advance is committed to equality and diversity and strongly encourages applications from women with disabilities, from BME backgrounds and the LBT community. Please note that any offer of employment will be made subject to references and confirmation of the right to work in the UK. An Enhanced DBS is required for this role.
Founded in 1998, Advance was set up by women to provide women and girls domestic abuse survivors with a new, innovative service delivery response in the community, improving advocacy and access to support in a coordinated way. With raised awareness and increasing demand for domestic abuse support, we have continued to expand our services in London and nationally over the last 23 years. With clear links between domestic abuse and contact with the criminal justice system, we have also extended our work to support women and girls in contact with the criminal justice system or those at risk of offending.
Advance is now one of the largest providers of support services for women and girls in England, with a focus on London and the South East. Alongside our support service provision, we also act as advocates, amplifying the voices of women and girls with lived experience to deliver systemic change.
About the role
For the Young Women & Girls (YWG) Groups Coordinator, this is an exciting time to join Advance while we embark on our journey to reach even more YWG in need of support. In recognition of the distinct challenges facing young women and girls (YWG), Advance has developed and delivered specialist provision for YWG and has recently been awarded funding to develop the Maia & LIFT programme in partnership with three other specialist organisations – Chance UK, Working Chance and Woman’s Trust. Advance are delivering the Maia service – a dedicated service to enable YWG (aged 13 to 25) at risk of domestic abuse, exploitation and offending to escape harm and thrive in their lives and aspirations.
The Maia service will provide support to YWG in the London Boroughs of Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Camden, Islington and Westminster in our safe, YWG-only spaces. You will design, deliver and project manage the Maia service’s programme of group work, supporting YWG to learn about, discuss and reflect on the challenges they have faced and empowering YWG to support each other and move forward with their lives. Working as part of an innovative and newly-funded service, you will also work closely with the Maia Service Manager to capture and share feedback and learning from the project, using this to inform the ongoing development of Advance’s ways of working with YWG and disseminating findings widely across key partners and networks.
What you will bring:
• At least one year’s full-time experience of supporting/working with women and girls at risk of violence and abuse, mental ill-health and/or contact with the criminal justice system.
• A proven track record of proactively reaching out to young people, including girls and young women, in innovative ways and successfully engaging “hard-to-reach” service users.
• The knowledge and understanding to create and manage a programme of inclusive, strengths-based, prevention and awareness-raising groups and workshops for YWG at risk, liaising with keyworkers and partner agencies to support YWG with their development and improve their relationships skills.
• The ability to proactively assess risks and safety concerns, liaising with YWG’s allocated keyworker, raising concerns with the Maia Service Manager and taking appropriate action to safeguard YWG whilst working within a model of empowerment.
• The ability to learn from and engage with YWG to co-design groups and workshops programme and work closely with colleagues identify opportunities for YWG to make their voices heard and share their insights with a wider audience.
We are keen to launch our new service and would encourage you to apply as soon as you can!
Advert closes on 29th May 2022.
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