Write to Life Assistant Coordinator
Contract: Permanent, Part time
Hours: 14 hours per week to include Wednesdays
Location: London, Finsbury Park
Salary: £25,271 - £29,314 pro rata per annum. Please note that the starting salary is £25,271 pro rata per annum (actual salary: £10,108 per annum) with an opportunity to progress up the scale over time. Salary is inclusive of London Weighting.
Closing date: 08/10/2021
Expected date of interviews: 15/10/2021
Do you have experience of working with vulnerable populations? Would you like to use your great organisational and administrative skills to support and coordinate the activities of our creative writing group?
About the role
For the past 20 years Freedom from Torture has developed ‘Write to Life’ into a thriving creative writing and performance group with existing and former clients, all of whom are survivors of torture and organised violence. We write in workshops every two weeks, and often collaborate in special projects with leading national arts organisations. We now have an exciting opportunity for a Write to Life Assistant Coordinator to join this unique creative writing group, located at our London Centre.
You will be the main point of contact between the Coordinator, Volunteer Write to Life Mentors and Workshop Group members. A key responsibility of your role will be to ensure that there is excellent communication and coordinated activities within the group. You will be expected to collaborate and liaise with colleagues throughout Freedom from Torture, which may involve attendance at organisational meetings outside the writing group. You will use your excellent literacy skills to coordinate the creation of content and publication of our Zine, in digital and hard copy.
To be successful in this role you must have a good understanding of the asylum system and issues affecting asylum applicants in the UK and be sensitive to the lived trauma experienced by survivors of torture. As the main person who will be calling group members regularly, you need a strong empathetic sense, and an ability to understand when there may be issues that should be flagged to colleagues. You must have a good sense of self-care and the strength to talk with people who have suffered trauma and to read creative writing arising from this.
To view the role Description and Person Specification, please click here, or for more information please email Sheila Hayman using the apply link provided.
About Freedom from Torture
Freedom from Torture is dedicated to healing and protecting people who have survived torture. We provide therapies to improve physical and mental health, we medically document torture, and we provide legal and welfare help. We expose torture globally, we fight to hold torturing states to account and we campaign for fairer treatment of torture survivors in the UK.
We campaign for national and global change, using evidence from our services and survivor voices to protect and promote survivors' rights and hold torturing states to account. We are proud to play a significant role in the global anti-torture movement. Survivors, active and empowered, are at the centre of all of our work.
Freedom from Torture is committed to its responsibilities under safeguarding, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to a satisfactory DBS disclosure, as well as a full employment history and up to date employment references and the Right to Work in the UK.
Freedom from Torture is an equal opportunity employer. People with lived experience of torture or asylum, from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQIA+ individuals and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
We reserve the right to close the vacancy early if we receive a high volume of applications.
No agencies please.