Stronger Families Facilitator

Details:
Hours: 2.5 hours per week - in addition, you will receive two one-hour supervision sessions over the course of the 12 weeks
Closing date: Monday, 24th December 2018

We are recruiting new Stronger Families Facilitators to help run our sessions with women and children, from January 2019

Women’s Aid Integrated Services is the largest front line domestic abuse charity in Nottingham. Last year we worked with 6,189 women, took nearly 10,000 calls on our free 24 hour Helpline and indirectly benefitted 3,775 children. One in five children have lived with domestic abuse and our approach is to support both women and their children.

About the role

Stronger Families is our therapeutic group work programme for children and their mothers who have experienced domestic abuse. It runs for 12 weeks, during school term time.

Each week we hold groups for children and young people aged 5-16 years, plus a group for mothers on a different day. Each week covers a different topic and all sessions are held at safe venues, within Nottingham City.

You will be delivering one group a week alongside our lead facilitator. This involves:

  • Meeting with the lead facilitator to plan and prepare each session
  • Buying refreshments for the group
  • Setting up at the venue and locking up afterwards
  • Assisting in the facilitation of each session
  • Debriefing with the lead facilitator at the end of each session

Having a diverse group of facilitators is key to the success of the programme, so we welcome professionals from both statutory and voluntary sectors. We are always looking for contrasting styles and creative ideas. If you have never delivered group sessions before, this is not a problem as we offer full training.

When do I need to be available?

You will need to be available for 2.5 hours a week to deliver the group. In addition, you will receive two one-hour supervision sessions over the course of the 12 weeks. We are always looking to improve how we run the sessions and so your feedback is important.

What skills do I need?

We are looking for people who:

  • Are available for 2.5 hours a week (plus supervision time over 12 weeks)
  • Have an understanding of domestic abuse and its effects on women and children
  • Have experience of working with women and children in the age group we cover
  • Can listen to women and children talk about their experiences and join in the conversation, helping them to come up with solutions
  • Have creativity, energy, empathy and a good sense of humour
  • Can work in an assistant capacity to deliver a programme
  • Have a good understanding and commitment to equality and diversity and how this may affect the women and children that are on the groups

What do you get in return?

  • Full training
  • You will be part of a programme that sees positive outcomes for both women and children
  • You can enhance your current role – being a facilitator can give you valuable insight into the experiences of children and women experiencing domestic abuse

How do I apply?

Complete the application form and email it to strongerfamilies@wais.org.uk

Key dates

  • Closing date for applications: Monday 24th December 2018
  • Training course: January 2019
  • Stronger Families programme begins: January, April and September 2019

It is an occupational requirement that applications are open to women only, as permitted under Schedule 9, Part 1, of the Equality Act 2010.

WAIS is committed to equality and diversity and encourages applicants from BME, lesbian or bisexual backgrounds.

Questions?

If you have any further questions you can contact Kirsty (the Stronger Families Programme Co-ordinator) on 0115 9345045. Alternatively, you can send an email to strongerfamilies@wais.org.uk 

“I got to talk about my feelings and say things that I could not tell other people”…. “It helped me to feel more comfortable about starting secondary school”. (Children saying what difference the project made to them”


Further information:

Stronger Families Facilitator application form – Dec 2018

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