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WiSER Project Peer Mentor

Solace Women's Aid

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An exciting opportunity has arisen to volunteer as a Peer Mentor with WiSER Project.

The WiSER Project provides support to women who have experience of Violence against Women & Girls and multiple disadvantage, and who have not engaged with support services for extended period. It aims to use assertive outreach to enable WiSER Project service users to access support, increase their self-esteem, reduce their risk, and make safe choices.

Peer Mentoring is a great opportunity for people who have previous, lived experience of VAWG* and/ or multiple disadvantage** to connect with active WiSER 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.

We are recruiting a new team of mentors who will:
• Have a passion for supporting WiSER Project service users and are willing to use their experiences to help others.
• Have an interest in developing skills and gaining insight into working in advice, support, and advocacy services.
• Be reliable and have good time keeping skills.
• Have good communication skills and are interested in forming new professional relationships.
• Be committed to anti-discriminatory practice and promoting equal opportunities.
• Be non-judgemental and keen to provide encouragement and guidance to WiSER service users.

*VAWG- The UN defines Violence Against Women and Girls as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.”
This includes but is not limited to- domestic violence and abuse (including coercive control), sexual violence including rape, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, stalking, ‘honour’ based violence (HBV), forced marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM) or cutting, prostitution and human trafficking.

**Multiple Disadvantage- within the WISER project this includes but is not limited to- homelessness, substance misuse, mental health, physical health, insecure or uncertain immigration status, affected by or at risk of prostitution, history of offending behaviour, history of children being removed

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.

Advice, Information & Support,Befriending, Buddying & Mentoring

Peer Mentoring is a great opportunity for people who have previous, lived experience of VAWG* and/ or multiple disadvantage** to connect with active WiSER 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.

Benefits to the Peer Mentor: • 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 monthly support from a clinical supervisor. • Opportunities to develop confidence and transferrable skills which can be used to enhance your CV for future job prospects. • Improve knowledge of support services across the Greater London area. • Meet new people and build a network of people with similar life experiences. • Be part of a dynamic, specialist service within the VAWG sector.

Further location details may be provided below.

Marylyn Molisso

Locations in one of 8 boroughs (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest) & Head office based in Islington

Please visit https://www.solacewomensaid.org/voluntary/wiser-project-peer-mentor for more information, and how to apply

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18 and over

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 We welcome and/or have the resources to support:

We particularly welcome people who have previous, lived experience of VAWG* and/ or multiple disadvantage. We understand that our mentors will be at different stages of their journey and may still be accessing assistance from other support services (e.g. substance misuse services, counselling or group services, refuge). This will not prevent mentors from being accepted onto the programme and if you have any queries, we encourage you to contact Peer Mentor Coordinator Eva Markova.

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