Support Services Coordinator
UKLGIG, the leading UK charity dedicated to providing support to vulnerable LGBTQI+ people who are seeking asylum in the UK, is recruiting for a new, exciting role as part of its growing team.
For this new full-time role, the Support Services Coordinator will lead on growing, developing and delivering our services which deliver practical, legal, psychosocial, and emotional support to LGBTQI+ people who are seeking asylum. For this ‘hands-on’ position, which both oversees and helps deliver key services, you will play a key role in helping to build the self-esteem, confidence and support networks of vulnerable LGBTQI+ asylum seekers by:
- Facilitating regular meetings of peer support groups and providing one-to-one emotional and practical support
- Visiting LGBTQI+ asylum seekers held in immigration detention centres
- Ensuring that UKLGIG refers as many clients as possible to legal representatives with specialist knowledge of LGBTQI+ asylum claims
- Recruiting and managing a small team of staff and volunteers to help with service delivery
- Working with the Executive Director to help fundraise for UKLGIG services
- Sharing your knowledge and expertise by providing advice, guidance and training to other organisations working with LGBTQI+ people who are seeking asylum.
This is a unique opportunity to build on previous experience in support work, counselling, or other casework with vulnerable and traumatised individuals to help advance the safety, wellbeing and social integration of vulnerable LGBTQI+ asylum seekers.
UKLGIG has been supporting LGBTQI+ people through the asylum and immigration process and campaigning for their rights since 1993. We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, and welcome applications from all sections of the community. The post is subject to an occupational requirement permitted under Schedule 9, Part 1 of the Equality Act 2010 and is only open to those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer or intersex (LGBTQI+). Owing to the nature of the work with vulnerable adults, the successful applicant will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check and to disclose all non-protected criminal records at the point of conditional job offer.
CONTRACT TYPE: Permanent
STARTING SALARY: Circa £32,000 depending on experience, plus statutory employer’s pension contribution.
LOCATION: The role is based in our offices in Southwark, London, but will require ad-hoc travel outside London including fortnightly visits to immigration detention centres for the foreseeable future. The postholder will also be required to work between one and four evenings in any given month, and occasionally at weekends, with plenty of notice. There is the possibility of travel within Europe.
HOURS: Full-time (35 hours per week).
ANNUAL LEAVE: 25 days per year rising by 1 day after each year of service to maximum of 28 days per year.
CLOSING DATE: 9.30 am, 6 December 2018
HOW TO APPLY: Please read the job description and person specification. Email your completed application form and optional monitoring form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This role is funded in large part through the generosity of the Lloyds Bank Foundation.
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