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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

Kerrie and Becca’s London Marathon Blog #4

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20 Miles and Counting!

We did the 20 miler this weekend and it was fine!

I have to be honest, after a horrible 18 mile the weekend before we were both a little apprehensive about how this would work out.

So we each had a great sports massage from the guys at McClelland Centre at University of Worcester early in the week then we made sure we ate properly the night before (steak and pasta!) and we were well hydrated. During the run itself we ate energy bars every hour and walked as we ate them so we kept moving but allowed ourselves  to digest those good carbs!

We ran together the whole 20 miles and finished feeling good so we have a good plan for the actual marathon. I am not complacent about how hard the final 6.2 miles are likely to be but they feel achievable now.

So we now start the ‘taper’…. Which means the longest run we do between now and the marathon is a 9 miler (Yippee!!) and we keep up with our strengths training and running shorter distances. I think a few cheeky hills for good measure too.

Thanks to everyone who has sponsored us. Do come to our event on 15th April – great chance to listen to some great music and do a spot of shopping too.

Kerrie x

Kerrie and Becca’s London Marathon Blog #3

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Snow Day

So this week has been quite stressful for us marathoners….. instead of enjoying the ‘Snow day’, we were missing out on our weekly long run as it was just too cold and slippy to risk it.

So we have tried a number of other activities instead (all approved as alternatives to training on such occasions by the mighty google…..) Aqua Aerobics (absolutely not just a bit of ‘dancing in the pool’, genuinely a great work out for your legs and arms…. Thanks Jane J) , Insane Insanity videos at home (they really do live up to the name and are pain personified) and Spinning (painful seats for the unaccustomed novice ooch…. but gets your heart rate going).

We are also now carrying some injuries (bad hip for Bec and dodgy knee for me) so we are having sports massage to try and sort that out.

We’ll be back to running this week with an 18 miler planned on Friday…. So we are working so hard for this, I promise.

We’re still working on our fundraising target so really need you to share with your friends and get us some support for your local Rape Crisis Centre Children and Young People’s Services.

See you next week!

 

Kerrie

Kerrie and Becca’s London Marathon Blog #2

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All Running Smoothiely!

My name is Becca, I am fast approaching 40, I am a mum, wife and business owner. As you could imagine, I have a full life. I started jogging just because it was sociable, free and it fitted around my family.

I have always enjoyed exercise but running would never have been top of my list! Being a former smoker probably didn’t help and I remember having to stop to catch my breath several times during 5k jogs.

I had been running for two years before My friend Kerrie and I had the crazy idea to enter the London Marathon. It will be one of the toughest challenges I have ever signed up to but raising money seems to be the bigger challenge at the moment.

As time has gone by, kilometres turned into miles, miles turned into half marathons and I started to notice positive changes in my appearance, my physical ability and in the food I wanted to eat. Everyone tells you how important it is to eat the right food before you go running. I now know this through experimenting. I can’t have that Chinese take out, accompanied with a G&T the night before a 14 mile run. I have to fuel my body correctly or suffer the consequences. I ran a half marathon on a banana (and several jelly babies) and felt great. Now I’m running past 13 miles, I’ve had to up the fuel.

I have never blogged before and I’m not sure what people write. I thought I would share my latest yogurt smoothie pre running breakfast with you. I’m not a textbook smoothie maker so every one is slightly different, depending on what I have in the fridge, what needs using before it goes out of date or just what I fancy. My eldest child has also started enjoying the smoothies. He knows there is spinach in them but he can never taste it.

This one has Greek yogurt, spinach, milk, avocado, summer fruits, dates, a good helping of seeds and walnuts.

– Becca

Kerrie and Becca’s London Marathon Blog #1

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Run Besties Run!

So this is my first entry on the blog – and as a woman who likes to have  a plan I have spent the last few months reading about how to cross the finish line in one piece.  I am now a small fountain of knowledge on positive mantra’s,  vaseline for chafing….ouch, blister plasters, zinc oxide tape and the joys of ‘Gels’ to keep you going ( but hopefully not ‘Going’!) I have a plan written specifically for the ‘non marathon runner’ which we are sticking to (pretty much…..) and have had my ‘gait’ analysed … flat footed and over pronator … so attractive to see your bum running on a treadmill, having seen a badger run once… I have the style but not the speed.

I started running at 40… purely because I hadn’t exercised anything other than my mouth for a good 10 years and felt I needed to be able to catch my son when he raced across the playground. Running worked for me as you don’t need any special kit ( HA! the naivety of that statement….) and you can go when you want to go.  No gym class times to stick to. Aside from exercising my heart and body, running also gives me time to think, a type of therapy really.

I am not good at it so I have to focus all my energies on breathing and not falling over (most of the time… spectacular fail in December when I literally ‘smashed my face in’ running up a hill…) so having brain ‘down time’ is very healthy and that’s how it feels for me.

Having completed the hellish hilly Worcester Half Marathon last May with Bec and a few other friends the full 26.2 miles seemed the next step and I knew I needed to do it for a charity I felt strongly about so I could stay motivated.

So here we are, 16.68 miles in, sore hips, sore feet but deep down, loving it a bit and hoping to raise some funds for the children’s service.

– Kerrie

Besties to take on London Marathon Challenge

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Two best friends with the same surname, both from Droitwich, have set themselves the extreme challenge of completing the London Marathon this year, in aid of two West Midlands sexual violence charities.

Kerrie Best and Becca Best have been friends since their sons met at nursery, and the pair started running together two years ago. They completed the Worcester Half Marathon in 2017 and started training for the London Marathon in November in order to raise money for the Children and Young People’s Services at West Mercia Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre (WMRSASC) and Coventry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC).

As a Project Worker and Counsellor at WMRSASC Kerrie cites her reason for the challenge as being due to “seeing young children come across our doors at WMRSASC. They shouldn’t have to come, however, as long as they do need support it should be available, no waiting list, for as long as it takes.”

Both women have described the challenge as the hardest they have ever signed up to but are determined to see it through and raise as much money as they can. They currently train three times a week with a mixture of aqua aerobics, gym and running, with an additional long run every weekend, where to date they have surpassed 16.5 miles.

As part of the fundraising, there will be an online auction of a beautiful necklace donated by Anja Potze which will begin on 25th February and end on 4th March, further details can be found on the WMRSASC Facebook page: www.facebook.com/wmrsasc

To donate, visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/Besties4

Job Vacancy

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Business Support

Salary Range:  £22,658 – £24,964

WMRSASC have an exciting full time vacancy (for a minimum two year 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 please click on the links below to download, complete and return to admin@wmrsasc.org.uk. 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 26th February 2018

Interviews will be held w/c 5th March 2018

Application Pack Links:

Business Support Job Description
WMRSASC Staff Application Form
WMRSASC Staff EO monitoring form
WMRSASC Strategic Plan
WMRSASC Guidance Notes for Job Applicants

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Male Independent Sexual Violence Advisor

 

(Between 21 and 30 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.

If you would like an application pack please download the documents below and complete and return the Application Form and EO Monitoring Form to us by email at admin@wmrsasc.org.uk, or by post to WMRSASC, PO Box 240, Worcester, WR1 2LF. If you are unable to download the pack and would like one sent to you please email admin@wmrsasc.org.uk specifying the vacancy that you are interested in.

Closing date for applications is 23rd October 2017

Interviews will be held week commencing 13th November 2017

Application Pack Links:

WMRSASC MISVA Job description
WMRSASC Staff Application Form
WMRSASC Staff EO monitoring form
WMRSASC Strategic Plan
WMRSASC Guidance Notes for Job Applicants