Exciting opportunities

Women’s Aid in Luton (WAIL) has been established for over 40 years, providing support to local women who are looking to remove themselves from difficult personal/home circumstances where they have suffered domestic abuse.  We provide safe, secure and confidential accommodation for women and their children and give them the practical and emotional support that they need to start afresh.

 The Organisation is entering an exciting phase; with a number of new developments and initiatives planned throughout 2016; we are looking to strengthen our existing team and are looking to recruit into the following position:

Business Administration officer

22.5 Hours per week

£9.28 per hour

 We are looking for someone highly motivated and well Organised. You will have several years’ experience in a variety office based environments.  You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to work effectively as part of a team and under your own initiative.  You will have a broad knowledge and experience of Microsoft Office.

If you would like to be part of a dynamic and forward-thinking organisation we would love to hear from you.

If you would like to have an informal chat about the roles or arrange a visit please contact Carole at Carole@womensaidinluton.org , Tel.: 01582 876636.

Due to the sensitive nature if this role we will be considering female volunteers only for this post in accordance with the provisions of the Occupational Requirement (Equality Act 2010, pursuant to schedule 9 part 1).  Applicants will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced disclosure through the Criminal Records Bureau.

Closing date: 01.12.17

Job description

Person specification

Application form

 

Women’s Aid in Luton is entering an exciting phase; with a number of new developments and initiatives planned throughout 2017/18; due to successful funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government we are looking to strengthen our existing multidisciplinary team and are looking to recruit into the following positions:

Specialist Support Officer ~ Complex Needs Refuge

15 months Fixed Term Contract

30 hours per week

£19,500 – £24,180 per annum (Pro Rata)

 

Specialist Support Navigator ~ Complex Needs

15 month Fixed Term Contract

 30 hours per week

£19,500 – £24,180 per annum (Pro-Rata)

 

Specialist BME Support Navigator ~ Complex Needs

15 month Fixed Term Contract

 30 hours per week

£19,500 – £24,180 per annum (Pro-Rata)

The successful candidates will have;

  • a relevant qualification at level 3 / 4 or above in social care, health care or community work or relevant experience
  • considerable experience of working within a multidisciplinary team including those within partnership agencies and building on multiagency practice to enhance support for individuals
  • considerable experience of working in an accommodation and/or community setting supporting vulnerable families, including working with women and children experiencing;
    • Domestic Violence & Abuse, Sexual Exploitation, Sexual Violence, homelessness,substance misuse, alcohol dependency, poor mental health
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills including an understanding of trauma and using trauma informed practice in supporting vulnerable people through the process of change
  • an understanding of the barriers that women from BME communities may have to accessing services
  • experience developing and delivering group work specific to the needs of clients

If you would like to be part of a dynamic and forward-thinking organisation we would love to hear from you.

If you would like to have an informal chat about the roles please contact Jane at jane@womensaidinluton.org, tel.: 01582 876636.

Due to the sensitive nature if this role we will be considering female applicants only for this post in accordance with the provisions of the Occupational Requirement (Equality Act 2010, pursuant to schedule 9 part 1).  Applicants will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced disclosure through the Criminal Records Bureau.

Closing date: 24th November 2017

Interviews: 29th and 30th November 2017

Support Officer job description

Support Navigator job description

Support Officer person specification

Support Navigator person specification

Application form

 

Family, Children/Young Person Support Worker

30 hours per week (working flexibly)

£17,219 – £21,255 pro rata

We are looking for someone with considerable experience of working with families and children who have experienced domestic abuse and who understand the impact that domestic violence can have on children and their development.  You will be responsible for providing support to families, children and young people living in refuge throughout their stay and during move-on into the community putting in place appropriate support plans for them.

In addition, you will support the Senior Support Co-ordinator when working with children and young people including childcare provisions that enable the women to access services provided within the refuges. You will be responsible for developing and delivering Programmes across Luton through our growing outreach services.

You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to work effectively as part of a team and under your own initiative.  You will hold a relevant qualification at level 3 / 4 or above in social care, health care, children and young people, community work or education and have undertaken training in Child Protection and CAF processes.

If you would like to have an informal chat about the roles or arrange a visit please contact Heather at  heather@womensaidinluton.org

Due to the sensitive nature if this role we will be considering female volunteers only for this post in accordance with the provisions of the Occupational Requirement (Equality Act 2010, pursuant to schedule 9 part 1).  Applicants will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced disclosure through the Criminal Records Bureau.

Closing date: 24.11.17

Interviews will be held on: 06.12.2017.

Job description

Person specification

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Trustees

We currently have vacancies on the Board of Trustees

  • Chair Person
  • Treasurer

Would you like to be involved in supporting the governance and strategic development of the organisation?

About the opportunity

Background
Role Purpose
The trustees of Women’s Aid in Luton are charity trustees for the purpose of the Charities Acts.  As such all trustees are have individual and collective, legal responsible for the activities and governance of the charity and are ultimately responsible for the pursuance of the charities aims acting in good faith within charity law and are legally accountable for ensuring  that everything the charity does is in the best interests of its beneficiaries.

About Women’s Aid In Luton

WAiL was founded as Luton Women’s Aid in 1972 to provide a sanctuary for women and children fleeing domestic violence. In 1974 WAiL registered with the charity commission and are full members of the Women’s Aid Federation of England.

What are they looking for?

Board of Trustees Collective Responsibilities

Trustees are be responsible for the overall governance of the Charity; ensuring decisions that are taken serve to support the Organisations’ strategic goals and aims and contribute to the on-going sustainability and growth of the Charity.  They are responsible for ensuring that robust processes are in place and adhered to by staff working within the Charity and that any decision taken, whether financial or otherwise is properly documented and capable of scrutiny.

Trustees will maintain and demonstrate a commitment to the Organisation’s vision, values, strategic aims and objectives.   They will maintain high standards of professionalism at all times whilst working as a Trustee and will respect the confidentiality of staff and service-users.

Principal Responsibilities of the Trustee

  • Ensuring WAiL effectively fulfills its duties in accordance with its constitution, charity law, Employment Law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • Determining the overall strategic direction of WAiL and ensuring the availability of the appropriate resources.
  • Actively contributing to the running of the Organisation through the provision of firm strategic direction, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • Promoting WAiL’s vision, mission values, and safeguarding WAiL’s reputation.
  • Representing the Charity at functions and meetings where appropriate
  • ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the Organisation
  • ensuring the financial stability of the Organisation

Person specification 

Specific focus will be on the following skills, knowledge, experience and personal criteria.
Skills, knowledge and experience
Essential: 

  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to carrying out trustee duties.
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of a Trustee.
  • Financial management and/or accountancy experience, with a relevant accountancy qualification (for position of Treasurer only)
  • Sound independent judgement; with the ability to make objective decisions based on a reasoned assessment of the information available
  • Must have political acumen and the ability to observe confidentiality at all times
  • Experience of developing strategic plans with the vision to drive forward the development of the Organisation
  • Experience of leadership gained whilst working within an Organisation, including that which may have been undertaken in a voluntary capacity
  • An ability to think creatively and innovatively to identify solutions that will enable the Organisation to develop and grow
  • An ability to provide ‘challenge’ to the Board and Senior Management team as a means to test the robustness of proposals under consideration
  • Must be able to work effectively as part of a team and to provide support and guidance to colleagues within the Board and Organisation
  • A demonstrable commitment to WAIL and to supporting the Organisation to achieve its short, medium and long-term goals and objectives
  • Must act with integrity at all times

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of Domestic Violence and the impact that it has on families
  • Knowledge of issues specific to not-for-profit Organisations and the Voluntary Sector
  • Experience of working within a Committee Structure and of observing constitutional requirements in the application of committee meetings

Practical Considerations

There are 10/12 board meetings, the AGM, 2 X half day planning days and periodic sub-committee meetings. It is estimated the equivalent monthly time commitment is 7 hrs per month.

Trustee posts are subject to a DBS check and open to women only. Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR), Schedule 9 (Work; Exceptions), Part 1 (Occupational Requirements) of the Equality Act 2010 applies.

Trustees will be responsible for the overall governance of the Charity; ensuring decisions that are taken serve to support the Organisations’ strategic goals and aims and contribute to the on-going sustainability and growth of the Charity.  They are responsible for ensuring that robust processes are in place and adhered to by staff working within the Charity and that any decision taken, whether financial or otherwise is properly documented and capable of scrutiny.

Trustees will maintain and demonstrate a commitment to the Organisation’s vision, values, strategic aims and objectives.  They will provide support to the team and to service users living within the refuges.  They will maintain high standards of professionalism at all times whilst working as a Trustee and will respect the confidentiality of staff and service-users.

The duties of a Trustee include:

  • ensuring that the Organisation complies with its own governing constitution, relevant legislation and regulations including but not restricted to, financial, employment, organisational and charity
  • ensuring that the Organisation pursues its objectives as defined within its own governing constitution and any supplementary business and strategic plans agreed by the Board of Trustees
  • ensuring that the Organisation applies its resources exclusively in the pursuance of its objectives i.e. that the Organisation does not spend money on activities which are not funded or included within its objectives, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are
  • actively contributing to the running of the Organisation through the provision of firm strategic direction, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • safeguarding the good name and values of the Organisation
  • representing the Charity at functions and meetings where appropriate
  • declaring any conflict of interest while carrying out the duties of a Trustee
  • to be collectively responsible for the actions of the Organisation and other Trustees
  • ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the Organisation
  • abiding by the WAIL Equal Opportunities Policy and other policies concerned with valuing diversity of employees and service users
  • ensuring the financial stability of the Organisation
  • protecting and managing the property of the Organisation and to ensure that there is proper investment of the Organisation’s funds
  • ensuring that the Organisation is properly insured against all reasonable liabilities
  • participating in the appointment of employees to the Organisation where required and providing employees with appropriate support
  • to review completed performance monitoring forms for employees; providing guidance where performance is falling short of expected levels and recognising exceptional performance amongst the employees
  • attendance at Board meetings; having properly prepared in advance for each meeting
  • attendance at sub-committee meetings as and when such Committees are formed
  • providing assistance from time to time with activities arranged by the Organisation for the purpose of raising funds and awareness of the work of WAIL
  • to keep abreast of the activities of WAIL and the wider issues within the media and locally which may impact upon the work of the Organisation.

In addition to the above, each Trustee should use any specific knowledge or experience they have to help the Board of Trustees to reach sound decisions.  This will involve the scrutiny of Board papers, leading discussions on key issues and providing advice and guidance to the Board and Organisation on new initiatives or other issues on which the Trustee has particular knowledge, experience or expertise.

WAIL is a registered charity and as such, volunteers (including Trustees) are encouraged to contribute to work undertaken by the Organisation in respect of ‘fundraising’ and ‘income generation’.

All volunteers, including Trustees, working within WAIL are expected to adhere to all policies and procedures relevant to their tenure and each have a responsibility to ensure that they are aware of the current policies that are in place.  Specifically, all volunteers will be responsible for adhering to those policies and practice concerning Health & Safety and Data Protection/Confidentiality.
If you are interested in finding out more about the role of a Trustee, please contact Carole Duffy on 01582 876636 or carole@womensaidinluton.org