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27/07/2017

Female Administrative Support Worker at Swindon Women’s Aid

The following is a vacancy from Swindon Women’s Aid

Location: Swindon
Salary: £15,000.00
Work Hours: 37 hours per week

Job Purpose: The objective of the post is to provide PA support to the Director and reception and administrative duties for Swindon Women’s Aid, including meeting/booking in visitors, populating the electronic management system and being the first point of contact for telephone enquiries.

Responsible to: Director
Direct reports: Nil

Main duties:

Managing service delivery and performance

Person Specification

General

It is essential to the development of Swindon Women’s Aid service delivery that the post holder is able to respond flexibly to changes in the requirements of this post. This job description is therefore a guide and not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities the post holder may have over time.

Please visit our website www.swindonwomensaid.org for an application form.
This post is exempt under the Equality Act 2010, schedule 9 part 1 and is female applicants only
Successful applicants will be required to undergo an enhanced children & adults DBS check

Closing dates for applications is 5pm on Friday 25th August 2017

Applications should be sent to:
Abby@swindonwomensaid.org

Application Form

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27/07/2017

Community Services Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) at Swindon Women’s Aid

Job Title: Community Services Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA)

Reports to: Community Services Team Leader

Salary: £22,500

Working Hours: 37 hours per week

Work Location: Swindon

Job title: Community Services IDVA

Swindon Women’s Aid is looking to recruit an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) to join their fully integrated domestic abuse service in Swindon. This post will be based at Swindon Women’s Aid but involve working within the local communities of Swindon.

As an IDVA worker you will work with both female and male victims of domestic violence and abuse in the locality. You will be responsible for undertaking risk assessments, safety planning, assessing referrals, establishing and implementation of effective support plans and managing a caseload. You will also assist victims with signposting into other relevant support services.

You will have strong communication skills and experience of statutory and voluntary sector partnership working, as the role will involve the initiating, developing and maintaining of effective multi-agency relationships and adhering to statutory protocols and procedures. You will work to ensure safety, confidentiality and risk minimisation for victims of domestic abuse, supporting and enabling them to access services which maximise their safety and which support their emotional, physical, intellectual and social wellbeing.

As an IDVA worker you will be expected to provide information and advice to victims on their rights and responsibilities; the options available to them regarding criminal and civil proceedings, and involve attending MARAC ( Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference) and partnership meetings and court to offer support through the criminal justice system where appropriate.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. To operate within SWA frameworks adhering to the policies and procedures of the organisation.
  2. To provide a high quality service within local communities of Swindon to support the victims of domestic violence and abuse.
  3. To provide guidance and advice to other professionals about the service in order for them to identify and refer potential victims into the service.
  4. To hold a caseload of victims who are experiencing domestic violence and abuse and provide high-quality telephone and face to face crisis intervention, information and advocacy, support, risk management and safety planning, criminal and civil remedies, housing, health, welfare rights, and children’s legislation.
  5. To develop effective working relationships with Swindon Borough Council Housing and Children Services, the Police and other agencies to ensure the safeguarding of children of domestic violence and abuse victims. This includes attendance at multi-agency risk assessment conferences and partnership meetings in respect of adults and children deemed to be at risk; and provide reports and undertake actions as necessary.
  6. To support the SWA community services team in ensuring that case recording and monitoring systems are kept up to date and secure. This will include recording and monitoring service outcomes, and keeping managers informed of any issues and successes.
  7. To carry out additional appropriate work relating to the development and promotion of the service as requested by managers.

A = Application Form
I = Interview

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

1 IDVA Qualified A
2 Good understanding of domestic violence its impact on victims and their children (physical, emotional, financial and sexual, with knowledge of ‘honour-based violence’, forced marriage and Female Genital Mutilation) A/I
3 Knowledge of perpetrators abusive behaviours within relationships, including family relationships, male victims and same sex relationships. I
4 Thorough knowledge of safeguarding practice, procedures and legislation A/I
5 Direct experience of at least 2 years providing community based support work to include effectively managing caseloads, undertaking risk assessments and developing safety/support plans A/I
6 Good understanding of the criminal justice system and civil options available to domestic violence and abuse victims. I
7 Experience of partnership working and of maintaining excellent working relationships with a range of stakeholders. A

SKILLS:

8 Excellent listening and communication skills with a wide range of people of all ages and background A/I
9 Ability to work in partnership, network, influence, problem solve, overcome barriers and apply solution focused approaches I
10 The ability to work well within a team and under own initiative and of maintaining professional boundaries with clients and partner agencies. I
11 A self –starter with a flexible, proactive approach and a good ability to prioritise work A
12 Good time & project management skills and the ability to work effectively under pressure and to deadlines I
13 Ability to deliver presentations and deliver training relevant to the role I

GENERAL:

14 A good understanding of the importance of confidentiality, safe practice, safeguarding, anti-discriminatory practice and equal opportunities A/I
15 Ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook software A
16 Ability to work from domestic violence refuge setting and in the community. A clean driving license is required in order to travel across Swindon area. A

Additional information to applicants:

This post will be subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure and clearance

This vacancy is open to females only (Exempt under the Equality Act 2010, pursuant to schedule 9, Part 1)

Must hold a full UK driving license and have access to vehicle

For an informal discussion contact Olwen Kelly Director of Swindon Women’s Aid or Laura Byrne on 01793 610610

Application forms can be downloaded here.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 8th August 2017

Interviews will be held in Swindon on Thursday 17th August 2017

Please return completed application forms to Laura@swindonwomensaid.org or by post addressed and marked as private and confidential to:

Laura Byrne, Swindon Women’s Aid, PO Box 3816, Swindon SN5 1BQ

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18/07/2017

New View Art Room Project Worker at SWADS

Service: SWADS New View Art Room
Job Title: SWADS New View Art Room Project Worker x2
Office Base: Swindon
Hours: 15 or 16 hours per week
Reports to: SWADS Director
Purpose of Job: The post holder will have the responsibility for delivering services through a programme of Art and Craft workshops. The post holder will create stimulating projects that enable service users to reach their full potential. The post holder will develop and faciliate art/craft projects that will engage service users with a range of aptitudes and abilities to help support their health and wellbeing.

Key Activities

  • Engaging with individuals who have a range of health and wellbeing problems and provide them with the opportunity to positively and creatively engage with the New View Art Project
  • The under lying aim of any art intervention is to reduce the risks of harm, engage and motivate creating an awareness of the possibilities of personal change.
  • Facilitate and promote service user led programmes and activities.
  • Actively monitor client’s progress and maintain awareness. Liaise effectively with the senior team as appropriate.
  • To work closely with partner agencies both internally and externally.
  • Utilise and manage volunteers that will assist in delivering the programmes
  • Ensure that all activities and interventions are suitably recorded and in accordance with SWADS policies, procedures and the requirements of local and national data requirements
  • Ensure that ALL data requirements are met within agreed deadlines.
  • Ensure that all safeguarding issues, including child protection and protection of vulnerable adults, are dealt with in accordance to SWADS policies and procedures.
  • Produce evidence in monthly supervision, and when necessary, to clearly illustrate that performance targets are being met.
  • Uphold data protection legislation and only share client information as per SWADS policy, local and formally agreed information sharing protocols and client confidentiality agreements.
  • Present a professional image and actively promote the service at all times to service users, other stakeholders, partnership organisations and the general public.
  • New View Art Room administrative duties
  • Assist with the development of publicity material and other promotional materials for the service
  • Promote the service in a professional manner to other stake holders
  • Develop existing, and create new referral pathways for a broader range of service users
  • Visit and liaise with other organisations and agencies.
  • Organise open days and exhibitions of service user’s work.
  • Undertake training where necessary
  • Ensure every service user completes an assessment form and ongoing evaluation monitoring forms.
  • Encourage a secure and welcoming atmosphere.
  • Effectively use social media as a platform to showcase the art project and the artwork created whilst upholding data protection.
  • Undertake other duties as requested by the Director.

General terms of reference:

In carrying out the above duties the post holder will:

  • Be employed by Supporting Wellbeing and Developing Stability (SWADS).
  • Work flexibly across operational sites as required.
  • Seek to improve personal performance, contribution, knowledge and skills.
  • Participate in supervision and Learning & Development processes.
  • Keep abreast of developments in services, legislation and practice relevant to the relevant client group.
  • To actively promote equality of opportunities and diversity.
  • Contribute positively to relevant internal and external forums.
  • Contribute to maintaining safe systems of work and a safe environment.
  • Maintain personal and professional boundaries.
  • Ensure the implementation of the all SWADS policies.

Person Specification

Essential criteria:

  • Experience of working with mental health and a clear understanding of the need for and ability to deliver quality services.
  • Experience of working in a community art and craft projects.
  • Ability to create and deliver innovative art and craft workshops within a timetabled frame work
  • Possess an art related or other relevant professional qualification.
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults’ procedures.
  • The post holder will be proficient with IT systems
  • Ability to work with and manage challenging behaviour.
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries and work effectively with partnership agencies.
  • Confidence to work on own initiative as well as part of the team.
  • Must pass Enhanced DBS Vetting before formal job offer can be made.

And the ability to:

  • Communicate confidently and effectively, verbally and in writing.
  • Respond flexibly to the demands of the post.
  • Prioritise a varied workload and remain calm under pressure.
  • Be resilient, self-motivated and manage work load effectively.
  • Understand and have a commitment to the principles of equal opportunity and diversity.
  • Employ an empathetic and non-judgmental attitude towards service users.
  • Show commitment to facilitating positive outcomes for service users.

Desirable criteria:

  • Experience of contributing to project development.
  • Knowledge of local services and geography.

This post is subject to a DBS check at an enhanced level and a satisfactory Occupational Health Check.
Amendments: This description accurately reflects the present position; it may be amended and reviewed. Any change will be made following a proper period of consultation.

Please contact Julie Mattinson the Director at julie@swads.org.uk if you are interested or have any further questions.

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18/07/2017

Free Summer Projects this Summer for Young People aged 10 to 20

Young people and students are invited to visit Restorative Youth Services and work together in a small group of three or four for a couple of hours a week, for five weeks (or as many as they can manage allowing for holidays) to decide on a subject of interest to them connected with society and the various pressures they encounter. This might also include how social media and access to relevant web sites can be a positive influence and support for young people with a range of emotional problems.

The small group would decide on how best to go out and about in the community to gather information from other young people, members of the public, and professional staff, perhaps using recorded interviews, filming, surveys and questionnaires, before analysing the information and putting together an exhibition of findings for public display with the media in attendance, as the guest of the Mayor of Swindon.

If you would like to be part of this group that would be brilliant! You can also bring along friends or relatives – anyone between the ages of 10 and 20 are invited to participate. For more information, simply visit: thedockswindon.co.uk or email rys@swindon.gov.uk, or ring 01793 464662, and give details of your name, age, and contact details.

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04/07/2017

IMCA (Independent Mental Capacity Advocate) at Swindon Advocacy Movement

The following is a vacancy from Swindon Advocacy Movement.

IMCA (Independent Mental Capacity Advocate) Fixed Term 1 year contract

£21,734 – £23,945 pro rata depending on qualifications and experience. 21 Hours per week.

Swindon Advocacy Movement (SAM) has a well established reputation of providing a range of advocacy services for people with care and support needs in Swindon. We are passionate about speaking out for the most vulnerable in our society and have created a flexible and responsive advocacy service enabling people to access their rights within health and social care services.

We are now looking for a part time IMCA to join our committed and friendly team. Do you have experience in Advocacy, Information and Advice or a similar role, ideally in a health, social care, children and family services or experience of working with vulnerable adults? If so, we want to hear from you!

We are looking for a qualified IMCA, qualified Independent Advocate or someone who is interested in developing a career in advocacy and standing up for the rights of others. We offer a complete package of support, supervision and training including City & Guilds level 3 Independent Advocacy qualifications. This is a fixed term one year contract, however, we envisage it will become permanent subject to service need and availability of funding.

We need a non-judgemental, compassionate, person with excellent communication skills who enjoys working with others to make positive change happen.

If you would like more information please ring 01793 542575 and ask for Dawn or email us at info@swindonadvocacy.org.uk for our application pack.

Closing date for applications is midday (12.00) Thursday 27th July for interviews being held Wednesday 2nd August.

Swindon Advocacy Movement is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. Swindon Advocacy Movement expects all staff and volunteers to share that commitment.

Swindon Advocacy Movement is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from anyone regardless of disability, race, religion or sexual orientation.

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04/07/2017

The Science Museum Group Wroughton Solar Park Fund

Wiltshire Community Foundation is delighted to announce new funding for the community from Science Museum Group Wroughton Solar Park. The solar park started to generate power in July last year and has now released its first funds to benefit the community in the surrounding area.

A £55k funding pot is available for the first grants round in October and applications are now open for community groups to apply for small grants funding of up to £2k for community organisations, working to improve the lives of people living in the parish areas of Wroughton, Chiseldon, Clyffe Pypard, Broad Town, Broad Hinton, Ogbourne St George, Ogbourne St Andrew, Aldbourne and Baydon.

In addition applications are also open for two grants of up to £20k for any community organisation for projects that have a focus on science, technology, engineering, maths, environment, health, play. Examples might be the use of renewable energy, ecology or habitat conservation. Projects can be for the creation of a physical asset or for the encouragement of learning i.e. for delivering a specific benefit to the area or providing education about a particular issue. Grants can be for capital or revenue costs. The project must deliver benefit to communities within a 10km radius of Wroughton Solar Park.

To find out more about the criteria and apply visit the Wiltshire Community Foundation website at www.wiltshirecf.org.uk/grant-funds or call the grants team on 01380 729284 for more information.

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28/06/2017

Lloyds Bank and Google Digital Workshop

Improve the digital presence of your business or charity and the digital skills of your colleagues at a free half day workshop delivered by Lloyds Bank and Google. There are limited spaces in each workshop, so please register in advance for your preferred event to avoid disappointment.

If you have any questions please contact: EllenTurner@Halifax.co.uk

Date & Time: Tuesday 25 July 2017, 9.30am – 1.45pm

Venue: University Technology College, Bristol Street, Swindon, SN1 5ET

Agenda

9.30am – Registration and welcome
10.15am – Tell your story online
11.30am – Keep your organisation safe online
12.00 – The truth about social media
12.45pm – Event close and networking

Registration

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