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Changes to helpline hours

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As of 15th July 2019 WMRSASC’s helpline opening hours are changing slightly.

Previously the opening hours on Mondays and Thursdays was 7.30pm till 9.30pm. THIS HAS NOW CHANGED to 6.00pm till 8.00pm for both days. Hours for Tuesdays (1.00pm – 5.00pm) and Fridays (10.00am till 2.00pm) are staying the same.

We hope this change does not cause too much confusion and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Job Vacancies

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Children and Young People’s Counselling Service Team Leader

£29,636 per annum pro rata

Hours:  37.5 hours (other options may be considered)

Contract:  Initial 2 year fixed term

Holiday:  26 days plus bank holidays (pro rata) increasing to 31 after 5 years continuous service

Pension: 3% employer contributions

Location:  Based in Herefordshire or Worcestershire with travel across West Mercia when required

Responsible to:  Counselling Services Manager

Responsible for:  Children and Young People’s Counselling Service

Organisational information:

West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (WMRSASC) is a registered charity that was established within Worcestershire in 1986 and expanded to Herefordshire in 2011.  WMRSASC is a specialist sexual violence organisation providing a range of support services to survivors of all forms of rape and/or sexual abuse.

Our Vision:All survivors of sexual violence receive the support they need, when they need it, for as long as they need it”

Decision making principles: “We balance the needs of the client, the team and the organisation in every decision we make in order to provide the best service we can for survivors”. 

About the role:

WMRSASC has an exciting opportunity for a Children and Young People’s Counselling Service Team Leader to join their already established and experienced team of counsellors.

The successful candidate will have experience of working with children and young people and have an understanding of the nature and impact of sexual violence and experience of working with survivors. They will be required to work within a multi-agency setting to provide a counselling service to children and young people aged 5 years and over who are survivors of sexual violence. They will work in co-operation with the counselling services manager, mentoring and supporting staff and volunteers to deliver services offered by WMRSASC. They will hold a Level 4 or equivalent in counselling/psychotherapy and will hold professional membership and registration with a recognised professional body such as BACP.

Job purpose:

  • Support the development of service provision
  • Provide mentoring and support training for counsellors and placement counselling
  • Provide information for the development of policies and procedures
  • Support inductions for newly recruited staff
  • Support assessment and quality assurance reviews
  • Undertake administrative duties associated with the post
  • Support client group work
  • Support and attend peer group skills sharing of resources
  • Support the adult counselling service
  • Manage an agreed caseload

The post holder will be required to work across West Mercia. The ability to travel is essential.

An enhanced DBS disclosure will be required for this role, the cost of which will be incurred by WMRSASC.

For an application pack please email: admin@wmrsasc.org.uk

Closing date for applications: 21st June 2019

Interviews will be held on: 3rd and 4th July 2019

Adult Counselling Service Team Leader

£29,636 per annum pro rata

Hours:  37.5 hours (other options may be considered)

Contract:  Initial 2 year fixed term

Holiday:  26 days plus bank holidays (pro rata) increasing to 31 after 5 years continuous service

Pension:  3% employer contributions

Location:  Based in Herefordshire or Worcestershire with travel across West Mercia when required

Responsible to:  Counselling Services Manager

Responsible for:  Counselling Service

Organisational information:

West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (WMRSASC) is a registered charity that was established within Worcestershire in 1986 and expanded to Herefordshire in 2011.  WMRSASC is a specialist sexual violence organisation providing a range of support services to survivors of all forms of rape and/or sexual abuse.

Our Vision:All survivors of sexual violence receive the support they need, when they need it, for as long as they need it”

Decision making principles: “We balance the needs of the client, the team and the organisation in every decision we make in order to provide the best service we can for survivors”. 

About the role:

WMRSASC has an exciting opportunity for an Adult Counselling Service Team Leader to join their already established and experienced team of counsellors.

The successful candidate will have experience of working with adults and have an understanding of the nature and impact of sexual violence and experience of working with survivors. They will be required to work within a multi-agency setting to provide a counselling service to adults who are survivors of sexual violence. They will work in co-operation with the counselling services manager, mentoring and supporting staff and volunteers to deliver services offered by WMRSASC. They will hold a Level 4 or equivalent in counselling/psychotherapy and will hold professional membership and registration with a recognised professional body such as BACP.

Job purpose:

  • Support the development of service provision
  • Provide mentoring and support training for counsellors and placement counselling
  • Provide information for the development of policies and procedures
  • Support inductions for newly recruited staff
  • Support assessment and quality assurance reviews
  • Undertake administrative duties associated with the post
  • Support client group work
  • Support and attend peer group skills sharing of resources
  • Support the adult counselling service
  • Manage an agreed caseload

The post holder will be required to work across West Mercia. The ability to travel is essential.

An enhanced DBS disclosure will be required for this role, the cost of which will be incurred by WMRSASC.

For an application pack please email: admin@wmrsasc.org.uk

Closing date for applications: 21st June 2019

Interviews will be held on: 3rd and 4th July 2019

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Fundraising and Development Lead

Place of Work: Worcester but may be necessary to travel across West Mercia and national locations when required

Hours of work: 22.5-37.5 hours; flexible working considered

Duration of contract: Initial 2-year contract

Starting salary: £29,636 – 31,371 subject to experience

Leave entitlement: 26 days plus bank holidays (pro rata) increasing to 31 after 5 years continuous service

Pension contributions: 3% employer contributions

Responsible to: CEO and/or Operations Manager

Organisational information:

West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (WMRSASC) is a registered charity that was established within Worcestershire in 1986 and expanded to Herefordshire in 2011.  WMRSASC is a specialist sexual violence organisation providing a range of support services to survivors of all forms of rape and/or sexual abuse.

Our Vision:All survivors of sexual violence receive the support they need, when they need it, for as long as they need it”

Decision making principles: “We balance the needs of the client, the team and the organisation in every decision we make in order to provide the best service we can for survivors”. 

About the role

Having grown substantially over a number of years this well established and respected organisation is looking for a self-motivated and experienced Fundraising and Development Lead to lead us into our next phase of growth. This is an entirely new post, formed at an exciting time of targeted growth for the organisation.

The Fundraising and Development Lead will work with our CEO and Operations Manager to lead on income generation for the charity, including setting and managing the fundraising income and expenditure budget, reviewing performance, and researching and bringing on new fundraising campaigns and activities to grow income. As well as developing our community fundraising activities, the post holder will help us diversify our income streams through developing our membership and individual giving, building on our corporate relationships to increase income and identifying grants.

Job Purpose:

  • Maximise income generation through community fundraising, individual donations, events, and corporate sponsorship and grant applications.
  • Meet financial targets and assist in the charity’s growth.
  • Develop and implement the fundraising strategy in line with the Business Plan.
  • To contribute to the development of the organisation.
  • Management of the volunteer team.

About you:

  • Significant senior fundraising experience within the charity sector
  • Proven track record of delivering fundraising success
  • Excellent influencing and relationship building skills, ideally gained in the corporate or high net worth individuals’ arenas, but with the ability to develop and flex across into other fundraising sectors
  • In-depth knowledge of fundraising best practice
  • Knowledge of programme design, monitoring, evaluation and reporting
  • Successfully raised funds from major donors
  • Experience of building capacity and sharing knowledge
  • Proven experience of and ability to plan effectively at the organisational level
  • Experience of developing and implementation of strategic plans
  • Experience of budgeting and managing resources
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Excellent computer and IT skills
  • Educated to degree level or higher
  • Able to manage a team

You may have experience of the following: Fundraising Manager, Fundraiser, Fundraising Executive, Fundraising Officer, Fundraising Assistant, Senior Fundraiser, Business Development, Sales, Account Manager, NFP, Third Sector, Charity, etc.

Please note this role will not provide any direct services to clients.

For an application pack please email admin@wmrsasc.org.uk.

Application closing date: 14th June 2019

Interviews: 26th and 27th June 2019

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) Male* Support Worker

£27,668

Various contracts available ranging from 15 – 37.5 hours

The​ ​Truth​ ​Project​ ​has been set​ ​up​ ​to​ ​hear​ ​and​ ​learn​ ​from​ ​the​ ​experiences​ ​of​ ​victims​ ​and​ ​survivors from​ ​all​ ​over​ ​England​ ​and​ ​Wales.​ ​The​ ​Truth​ ​Project​ ​enables​ ​victims​ ​and​ ​survivors​ ​to​ ​share their​ ​experience​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Inquiry​ ​in​ ​a​ ​way​ ​that​ ​feels​ ​most​ ​comfortable​ ​for​ ​them.​ ​Victims​ ​and survivors​ ​can​ ​attend​ ​a​ ​private​ ​session​ ​in​ ​person​ ​or​ ​via​ ​telephone,​ ​submit​ ​a​ ​written​ ​account​ ​or submit​ ​an​ ​audio​ ​recording​ ​of​ ​themselves​ ​talking​ ​about​ ​their​ ​experiences.​ ​They​ ​may​ ​also choose​ ​to​ ​share​ ​drawings​ ​or​ ​creative​ ​writing​ ​that​ ​communicate​ ​their​ ​experiences.​ ​All experiences​ ​shared​ ​are​ ​treated​ ​in​ ​the​ ​same​ ​way.​ ​By​ ​sharing​ ​an​ ​experience,​ ​participants​ ​make an​ ​important​ ​contribution​ ​to​ ​the​ ​work​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Inquiry,​ ​and​ ​their​ ​experiences​ ​will​ ​influence​ ​its findings​ ​and​ ​help​ ​inform​ ​its​ ​recommendations.

The successful candidate will be experienced in providing support services to survivors of sexual abuse and have an understanding of the nature and impact of sexual violence on victims and survivors. As a minimum, experience should include:

  • Working​ ​with​ ​adult​ ​victims​ ​and​ ​survivors​ ​as​ ​an​ ​Independent​ ​Sexual​ ​Violence ​Adviser, Counsellor,​ ​Crisis​ ​Worker,​ ​Case​ ​Worker​ ​or​ ​similar​ ​for​ ​at​ ​least​ ​one​ ​year.
  • Understanding​ ​and​ ​managing​ ​trauma​ ​responses.
  • Using​ ​grounding​ ​techniques.
  • Identifying​ ​crisis​ ​situations​ ​and​ ​responding​ ​appropriately.
  • Adult​ ​safeguarding​ ​and​ ​experience​ ​in​ ​managing​ ​safeguarding​ ​concerns, ​appropriately including​ ​making​ ​safeguarding​ ​referrals.
  • Understanding​ ​survivors’​ ​concerns​ ​around​ ​confidentiality​ ​and​ ​safeguarding​ ​processes.

The successful candidate will be required to work within a multi-agency setting to provide a pro-active service to victims and survivors of sexual violence to:

  • Offer support to those who are participating in the Inquiry’s investigative work and those who attend meetings or other engagement events.
  • Support victims and survivors to enable them to attend a private session in person or via telephone, submit a written account or submit an audio recording of themselves talking about their experiences to the Inquiry.
  • Explain the Inquiry process to the participant, so they know what to expect.
  • Where required, work alongside Inquiry staff in the provision of support at Inquiry events.
  • Attend public hearings in a support capacity for the victim or survivor.
  • Take part in the Inquiry’s research and legal seminars when required.
  • Contribute towards service development.
  • Maintain a caseload and accurate electronic records.
  • Participate in individual clinical supervision, appraisal sessions and team meetings.
  • Provide information about the impacts of sexual violence and signposting to specialist support services.

The post holder will be required to support participants nationally via telephone and travel to various locations when necessary.

There will be evening/weekend work as required.

Sessions will take place in:

  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Darlington
  • Exeter
  • Cardiff

Where demand is recognised you may be required to support at additional locations across England and Wales as directed by the Inquiry.

Travel and accommodation outside of your region will be arranged and paid for.

An enhanced DBS disclosure will be required for this role, the cost of which will be incurred by WMRSASC.

For an application pack please email: iicsa@wmrsasc.org.uk

*For this particular post WMRSASC are only looking to recruit support workers who are male.

“Gender is considered to be a genuine occupational requirement in accordance with paragraph 1 of Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010.”

Closing date: 6th June 2019

Interviews will take place on 13th & 14th June 2019

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Business Support

Salary Range:  £22,658 – £24,964 

WMRSASC have an exciting full time vacancy (for a minimum 12 month fixed term contract) for a Business Support role.  For the right candidates, job share will be considered.

The successful candidate will be experienced in providing business support, including managing resources, allocating tasks, creating reports and overseeing financial transactions.  This role is ideal for a proactive, well organised and experienced individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced operational environment.  As a minimum, experience should include:

·         ​Working within a senior administrative role, making operational decisions to meet the needs of the contract / service.

·         Managing financial transactions, ideally using SAGE

·         Working with multiple external contacts, managing and maintaining effective working relationships

·         Creating Management Information, identifying trends through analysis of data

·         Developing improved processes to ensure the service is cost effective and client focused.

·         Working in a confidential environment.

The post is based in Worcester however, occasional travel will be required.

If you would like an application pack or if you have any questions about the role please email admin@wmrsasc.org.uk specifying the vacancy that you are interested in.

Closing date for applications is 29th March 2019

Interviews will be held w/c 7th April 2019

Job Vacancy

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Children and Young People’s Counsellor

21 hours p/week, £25,440 per annum pro rata

Due to further expansion WMRSASC has a vacancy for a part-time Children and Young People’s Counsellor.

The successful candidate will have experience of working with children and young people and have an understanding of the nature and impact of sexual violence and experience of working with survivors. They will be required to work within a multi-agency setting to provide a counselling service to children and young people aged 5 years and over who are survivors of sexual violence. They will hold a Level 4 or equivalent in counselling/psychotherapy and will hold professional membership and registration with a recognised professional body such as BACP.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Providing counselling to young people who have completed an assessment after being referred to the service.
  • Ensuring that clients understand the service and are competent to consent to engage with counselling in line with Fraser Guidelines.
  • Maintaining appropriate records of counselling in line with legal, ethical and organisational constraints including pre-trial therapy.
  • Communicating and liaising with other agencies within the limitations of the role and confidentiality; this will be done with support from the supervisor/counselling manager.
  • Encouraging and engaging with the young person’s family where appropriate, e.g. to facilitate attendance at appointments.
  • Maintaining professional membership, insurance and practice in accordance with the ethical framework of a professional body including the participation in regular supervision and CPD.
  • Maintaining awareness of the rights of the child and allow them autonomy within the counselling process.
  • Ensuring that monitoring and feedback is maintained as part of the ongoing sustainability of the service.

The post can be based in Herefordshire or Worcestershire but the post holder will be required to support clients across West Mercia and must have the ability to travel throughout the county.

If you are interested in applying please download an application pack using the links below, or email helen.stanbra@wmrsasc.org.uk for further information. If you have any questions about the role please contact Helen Stanbra, Counselling Services Manager, on 01905 611655. Please email completed packs to admin@wmrsasc.org.uk or post to WMRSASC, PO Box 240, Worcester, WR1 2LF.

Closing date for applications is 29th August 2017. Interviews will be held on the 5th September 2017.

Application Pack:

CYP Counsellor Person Specification
WMRSASC Staff App Form Children’s Counsellor
WMRSASC Guidance Notes for Job Applicants

 

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Children and Young People’s Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (CHISVA)

(Between 21 and 37.5 hours per week to be discussed at interview and agreed on appointment, £25,951 pro rata)

Due to continued expansion WMRSASC has a vacancy for a Children and Young People’s Independent Sexual Violence Advisor.

The successful candidate will have an understanding of the nature and impact of sexual violence and experience of working with survivors. They will be required to work within a multi-agency setting to provide a pro-active service to children and young people aged 5 years and over who are survivors of sexual violence, within and outside of the criminal justice system to:

  • Develop and deliver a non-therapeutic advocacy and support service to children and young people.
  • Help children and young people to access appropriate therapeutic interventions and to develop their own support network.
  • Where necessary provide emotional and practical support through the criminal justice system.
  • Risk assess and help children and young people keep safe.
  • Support children and young people to access their rights.
  • Support children and young people to access health and other services they require.
  • Monitor and keep children and young people informed of case progress.
  • Consider and respond to child safeguarding issues when engaging with all children and young people.
  • Contribute towards service development.
  • Maintain a caseload and accurate electronic records.
  • Participate in individual clinical supervision, appraisal sessions and team meetings.
  • Participate in group work facilitation.
  • Provide information about the impacts of sexual violence and signposting to specialist support services.

Whilst this post is predominately working with children and young people there may be a requirement to support adults in response to meet service demands.

The post is based in Worcestershire but the post holder will be required to support clients in both Herefordshire and Worcestershire and must have the ability to travel throughout both counties.

Application packs can be downloaded using the links below, if you require any further information  please email admin@wmrsasc.org.uk specifying the vacancy that you are interested in.

Closing date for applications is 24th July 2017 (shortlisting 31st July)

Interviews will be held on 2nd and 3rd August 2017

WMRSASC CHISVA Job Description and Person Specification
WMRSASC Staff App Form
WMRSASC Guidance Notes for Job Applicants

 

Male Independent Sexual Violence Advisor

(Between 21 and 37.5 hours, negotiable upon appointment, £25,951 pro rata)

Due to continued expansion WMRSASC has a vacancy for a Male Independent Sexual Violence Advisor.

The successful candidate will have an understanding of the nature and impact of sexual violence and experience of working with victims. They will be required to work within a multi-agency setting to provide a pro-active service to female and male adult survivors of sexual violence within and outside of the criminal justice system to:

  • Develop and deliver a non-therapeutic advocacy and support service to clients
  • Help clients to access appropriate therapeutic interventions and to develop their own support network
  • Where necessary provide emotional, practical and advocacy support through the Criminal Justice System
  • Monitor and keep client informed of case progress if involved with the Criminal Justice Process
  • Provide information about the impacts of sexual violence and signposting to specialist support services
  • Maintain a caseload and accurate electronic records
  • Support client to access their rights
  • Contribute towards service development
  • Participate in individual clinical supervision, appraisal sessions and team meetings

Whilst this post is predominately working with adults there may be a requirement to support children and young people in response to meet service demands.

The post holder must have the ability to travel throughout Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

If you have any questions about the role please contact Ruth Kimberley on 01905 611655.

Application packs can be downloaded using the links below, if you require any further information please email admin@wmrsasc.org.uk specifying the vacancy that you are interested in.

Closing date for applications is 24th July 2017

Interviews will be held on 2nd August 2017

WMRSASC ISVA (Male) Job description
WMRSASC Staff App Form
WMRSASC Guidance Notes for Job Applicants

Rape and sexual abuse support centre launches counselling service for men and children

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Worcester News – Wednesday 7th October 2015

MEN are being encouraged to speak out about their experience with rape and sexual abuse in Worcestershire.

On Monday, West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (WMRSASC) launched its counselling service for men and children aged 11 and above.

The service formed in 1986 to offer support to female survivors of rape and sexual violence, but since 2013 the service started supporting men and children as well as women through the criminal justice process with their Independent Sexual Violence Advisors.

But following successful fundraising and securing funds from the Home Office and Lloyds Bank, WMRSASC can now offer free counselling to men and children.

The charity’s chief executive officer, Jocelyn Anderson, said it had been a dream of the charity for a number of years.

“It hasn’t been that we don’t want to offer the service to men and children, it’s purely that we haven’t had the money to do it. We believe that all survivors regardless of gender, age, race, religion or anything else deserve support.”

The launch took place at the Bank House hotel in Bransford, and around 100 people gathered to hear about the service and from speakers.

Supporters heard how one in 20 children in the UK are sexually abused, and one in eight men around the country will experience a sexual assault in their lifetime.

Geese Theatre Company portrayed the true story of one service user, who had been abused by his step-father for many years, before counselling helped him start to move on.

Duncan Craig, the chief executive of Survivors Manchester, gave a talk on his work with male survivors and about his own experience of sexual abuse and rape.

The conference also heard from Dianne Whitfield, co-chairman of Rape Crisis England and Wales.

She said: “I am so pleased to hear about the launch of the new service. To keep a service like this going at all in the current economic climate is not easy and needs support.”

To enquire about counselling, call 01905 724514 or email counselling@wmrsasc.org.uk.

Our service expands to support men and children

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We are so pleased to announce that our services are now fully expanded and available to men and children aged 11 years and over.

Previously we have been unable offer services to men and to women under 16 years due to funding restraints, however thanks to a pot of funding from the Home Office we are now able to launch our male and children and young people’s services.

This is something that we have been trying to achieve for some time, in April 2013 we were lucky to be successful in funding applications to the local PCC and Children in Need which enabled us to expand our ISVA service to men and children aged 11 years and over. We have been very eager to expand our counselling and helpline services to provide a comparable level of support and are extremely happy that this has now happened.

For further information or support please call our helpline on 01905 724514 (Worcestershire) or 01432 344777 (Herefordshire) or email counselling@wmrsasc.org.uk.

Services for women will continue to be provided in a female only setting in order to ensure all clients feel safe and secure when they come to visit us.

Opening of the Herefordshire Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre

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The doors to the Herefordshire Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre were officially opened on the 17th November 2011 at a launch event held at Hereford City Town Hall.

Chief Officer Jocelyn Anderson welcomed everyone to the event and introduced guest speakers Det. Supt. Ivan Powell (West Mercia Police), Val Lunn (National Development Officer, Rape Crisis England & Wales), Dr Ruth Jones (Senior Lecturer, Researcher & Consultant, University of Worcester) and Nick Ross (Policy Advisor, Victim & Witness Unit, Criminal Justice Services Directorate).

Our thanks go to our many partnership agencies for helping to make the event such a success.

DS Ivan Powell, Jocelyn Anderson, Mayor Cllr Julie Woodward, Lord Lieutenant Lady Darnley & Cllr Olwyn Barnett