Major Trauma Centre Project Peer Mentor (MTC Peer Mentor)

We are looking for a new cohort of Major Trauma Centre Project Peer Mentors who have an interest in developing skills and gaining insight into working in advice, support, and advocacy services. 

About our Service

Solace works alongside Redthread, a London-based youth violence charity, to provide Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVAs) based in London’s four major trauma centres: Royal London, St George’s, St Mary’s, King’s College Hospital. MTC Peer Mentors will be working alongside our IDVAs in providing high quality support to our young people.

We support all young people (men/women/transgender/nonbinary) between the ages of 11-25 that are victims/survivors or at risk of domestic abuse, sexual violence, child sexual exploitation (CSE), forced prostitution, female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage, honour-based violence (HBV), and trafficking and modern slavery that present in the Emergency Department.

We provide high quality case work support, advocacy, and information services to young people.

About the role

We are looking to recruit 4 Peer Mentors who will be working alongside our IDVAs in providing high quality support to our young people.

Peer Mentoring is a great opportunity for people who have previous, lived experience of VAWG* and/ or multiple disadvantage** to connect with active MTC service users through one-to-one support sessions (face to face or over the phone), assisting service users with community engagement or offering a listening ear. Peer Mentors will have the unique opportunity to provide guidance, become a role model, and show that positive change & recovery are possible.  Peer mentors will be working alongside our IDVA’s who are collocated in the hospitals specified above.

Who are we looking for? 

We are looking for those with lived past experience of any form of Violence against Women & Girls and / or multiple disadvantage. You will have a passion for supporting young people impacted by violence and abuse and are willing to use your life experiences to help others.

The ideal volunteer:

  • Must have experienced any form of VAWG* and/or multiple disadvantage**. 
  • Will be between 25-35 years of age
  • Must not currently be in the process of accessing crisis intervention support and are no longer in an abusive relationship. 
  • Will be ready and willing to discuss parts of their personal journey to recovery and life after abuse. 
  • Must not currently be awaiting trial for recent offending behaviour or due to give evidence as a witness. 
  • Will no longer using alcohol or drugs in a problematic manner for at least 6 months. 
  • Will have conversational English language reading and writing skills (other languages also welcomed). 
  • Will be willing to commit to an enhanced DBS check. 
  • Will be willing to commit to the Peer Mentoring for minimum period of sixth months.

What can you gain from this opportunity?

As part of this role, you will have:

  • 4 days of induction training to provide support within the role. 
  • Assistance when creating Personal development plan to support future professional/career growth following the peer mentor programme & financial assistance for attending external courses. 
  • Travel expenses will be paid for in full. 
  • Support and guidance through the role, in the form of monthly line management meetings and/or Reflective practice.
  • Opportunities to develop confidence and transferrable skills which can be used to enhance your CV for future job prospects. 
  • Improved knowledge of support services across the Greater London area. 
  • The opportunity to meet new people and build a network of people with similar life experiences. 
  • The opportunity to be part of a dynamic, specialist service within the VAWG sector. 

How to apply

Please read the Volunteer Role Description before you attempt to fill out the application form.

Please complete the Volunteer Application Form and ensure you clearly state the role you are applying for.

Please complete the Volunteer Equality Monitoring Form.

Send the completed Application Form & Monitoring Form along with your current CV to volunteering@solacewomensaid.org.

Please note that our volunteer opportunities are open to women only (exempt under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1), and that these volunteer roles are exempt from the rehabilitation of offenders act 1974 and subject to enhanced DBS checks where applicable.

Applications which are incomplete will not be reviewed. All our roles are during office hours only unless stated otherwise.

Details

Location: Peer mentors would primarily be working in one of the hospitals specified above or Pan London predominantly across broughs such as Croydon, Southwark, Lambeth, Towerhamlet, Merton, Newham, Lewisham and Wandsworth

Hours: Minimum 3 hours per week & 4 days induction training, Monday - Friday

Contract type: Preferably until the end of March 2025 / minimum of 6 months

Dates

Closing date: 12/04/2024 12:00 am