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Solace Women’s Aid

Location: London
Salary: 00
Job type: Volunteer
Expiry Date: 28/05/2013
Job reference: LA004
Solace Women’s Aid

Volunteer Peer Supporters Needed

10-12 Volunteer posts in Enfield, Haringey, Islington, Southwark, Lambeth, Barnet, Camden

2-3 hours per week, plus initial 4 days training and monthly group support sessions.

Solace Women’s Aid provides services to women who have experienced any form of domestic or sexual violence. We are now seeking peer support volunteers to offer regular one-to-one support sessions for women that are particularly isolated.

You will have had a previous experience of domestic or sexual violence and an understanding of the impact of trauma on women. With a period of training and ongoing support you will be able to provide one-to-one support.

Reports to: Key worker/Service User Involvement and Volunteer Coordinator

Role Summary: A Peer Supporter is someone who has had personal experience of domestic and/or sexual violence, and after a period of training and assessment, will provide one-to-one support for women accessing Solace Women’s Aid services. This will involve meeting the woman on a weekly or fortnightly basis for a few hours and sharing activities and time together.

Often women accessing our services feel isolated, in particular those in refuge accommodation. This isolation is related to both practical difficulties, such as limited knowledge of the local area, and confidence and self-esteem issues. The Peer Supporter’s role will be supporting these women and providing practical solutions to the problems identified.

The Peer Supporter will be matched with the woman based on availability and interests where possible. Tasks and activities will be based on the needs of the woman.

Role requirements:

• You will need to attend and successfully complete a three day structured group training programme and must be willing to participate in further training where deemed appropriate

• You will need to commit to the role for a minimum of six months and be willing to volunteer for a few hours weekly or fortnightly

• To be sufficiently independent to meet travel requirements

• To participate in regular meetings and flag up concerns wherever necessary with the key worker

• To be able to seek advice and support through regular group meetings and effective communication with the Service User Involvement and Volunteer Coordinator

• To be aware of Solace Women’s Aid’s policies and adhere to them

• To have or be willing to develop knowledge of the local area, such as public  transport, community groups and local services

Qualities needed:

• To be comfortable working on your own independently

• To be able to communicate well with others

• To be non-judgemental, respecting people’s differences

• To have an understanding and awareness of the issues faced by the women accessing Solace Women’s Aid’s services

• To have a basic understanding of domestic and sexual violence and their impacts

• To be flexible and willing to participate in a broad range of activities

• What a Peer Supporter can offer:

• One-to-one companionship and support

• Help with linking in to internal activities in Solace Women’s Aid and activities with external organisations or in the local community

• Accompany and support women to appointments, eg, attending GP, Hospital, Court or Job Centre appointments

• Help in setting personal goals or objectives and working towards achieving them

Training and support:

• A Peer Supporter will be required to attend 4 days training prior to starting the role

• Peer Supporter will be entitled to attend further volunteer training and internal staff training throughout their role

• The key worker will maintain regular contact with the Peer Supporter through communication to flag up concerns and informal supervision meetings every six to eight weeks

• The Service User Involvement and Volunteer Coordinator will organise group support meetings every three months and an individual review every six months

• The Service User Involvement and Volunteer Coordinator will be open to communication and offer support, guidance and problem solving where necessary

• Agreed out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed travel based on our expenses policy

For information & application pack (we do not accept CVs) please email

Initial training will take place over 4 days in June 2013.

Consultant details

  • Consultant name: Volunteer Team
  • Email: Send email
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