Job description

The Salvation Army is a church and a charity- there to help support societies' most vulnerable and impoverished. In addition to many other projects, we are passionate about supporting people who have been affected by modern slavery and establishing practical support at a local corps (church) and community level. We have made a global commitment to combat human trafficking and we are now a leader in the field of modern slavery, going above and beyond to deliver impactful and innovative work in transforming the lives of victims of modern slavery and plugging current gaps in provision of support.

The CONNECT programme is the Salvation Army‘s Modern Slavery Survivor Support Service. CONNECT provides community based support through hubs and mentoring which provide survivors of human trafficking and/or modern slavery with a link to their local community and signposting to the range of available support they may need.

The volunteer mentor role will come alongside survivors of modern slavery who have transitioned out of crisis and support them as they move forward and establish life in Birmingham.

If this is something that you care about, then why not come and join us?

Summary of tasks:
• To meet as a ‘trio’ (minimum of) twice per month for approximately 2 hours per session at locations determined by the group
• Help to model healthy community and relationships
• Attend mentor training provided by The Salvation Army Community Hub team
• Help the client set and achieve goals over the period of a year
• Provide practical support where appropriate (eg signposting)
• Provide a brief written record of each meeting to the Local Programme Coordinator
• Provide client/volunteer feedback

Skills/experience needed:
• Interest in The Salvation Army’s modern slavery work & sympathy with the general aims and values of The Salvation Army
• Sensitive interpersonal and social skills
• Ability to keep confidences
• Commitment to safeguarding and a willingness to raise concerns where necessary
• Ability to build strong relationships with fellow mentor and client demonstrating a healthy relationship
• Experience of supporting others navigating new situations and achieving new goals
• Access to car/public transport and flexibility around meeting places

Training provided:
• Salvation Army standard volunteer training
• Specialised volunteer and safeguarding training from The Salvation Army’s Community Hub team (approximately 8 hrs over 2 separate sessions)
• Relevant online courses via The Salvation Army online portal (approximately 6 hours across all courses – support provided)
• A DBS check and two satisfactory references will be required
• Ongoing training programme supporting practice

What are they looking for?

This is a role for someone who is passionate about social justice and supporting survivors of trafficking/ modern slavery to thrive and excel in their development and on their journey of building confidence and independence.

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Posted on: 18 September 2019
Closing date: 17 December 2019
Tags: Intl Development, Support Worker

The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.

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