Group and Peer Support Volunteer
Spurgeon's Norwich Connect
Norwich, NR7 7BJ
Norwich Connect is a standard to medium holistic, whole family support service for individuals and families affected by domestic abuse regardless of gender, sexuality, age, or disability, including victims, perpetrators and children/young people. Over the next three years, SafeLives are working with partners from the Norfolk County Community Safety Partnership to pilot a Beacon site of best practice in Norfolk for victims of domestic abuse. Norwich Connect, which is delivered by Spurgeons, is one element of this.
For part of the project we are looking to recruit volunteers with or without lived experience of domestic abuse. This will be to provide one-to-one peer mentoring, and also group support.
No prior experience will be necessary as full training will be provided to volunteers including; domestic abuse awareness, trauma-informed approach, self-care, mentoring skills, professional boundaries and safeguarding. The opportunities will be for those aged 18+. And there will be ongoing training and also group and 1-to-1 support for the volunteers.
Suggested Tasks you can choose from:
• Peer Mentor: To provide one-to-one peer support to an adult who has experienced domestic abuse. To work with them to realise, and achieve goals, to enable them to live a more rewarding and fulfilling life. This role is for someone who has lived experience of domestic abuse.
• Adult and/or Youth Group Support: To provide support to the team member running the group, to enable the smooth running of the sessions. To encourage and support individuals within the group. This role is for someone with or without lived experience of domestic abuse.
• Full training provided prior to starting role.
• On going support and training throughout role.
• Improve skills and knowledge of working with vulnerable groups and individuals.
• Expenses will be covered. When pre-agreed with the Peer Co-ordinator.
• If requested, we will provide references for future employment.
Skills required and to be developed:
• Have a passion for working with and supporting people who have been affected by domestic abuse.
• An understanding of safeguarding and child protection, and the policies to follow.
• Know how to make people feel supported, when discussing sensitive issues.
• Sociable and good at communicating with people from all areas of the community.
• Good time keeping and general organisational skills.
• Good team work skills, and able to ask for help with tasks.
• Willing to develop your skills in a variety of situations
To be agreed on an individual basis
How to apply
To find out more information and/or to start the application process, please email Rachael Morrison Peer Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text on 07970344537.