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Safe Steps is seeking new Trustees

Safe Steps is a new and forward-thinking charity that works with and for all survivors of domestic abuse, across Southend-on-Sea and in the wider Essex area. We are seeking to recruit passionate and committed Trustees to our Board, to play a role in the governance of the charity to ensure that we meet our strategic aims. If you have experience and skills, such as Human Resources, Contract Law or GDPR we would encourage you to apply.

As well as growing the size of our Board, we want to build a diverse trustee board; one that informs better decision making, improves the quality of our work and makes meaningful impact on improving the lives of adults, young people and children impacted by domestic abuse.

Time Commitment:

  • To attend a minimum of six meetings per year that last approximately 2 hours and usually take place on a mid-week evening in person. During the pandemic meetings have been via Zoom/Teams.
  • To be open to joining a sub-committee meeting four times a year for 2 hours.
  • To attend in person two away-days per year
  • To attend ad-hoc fundraising or special events

Statutory duties of a Trustee would be:

  • To ensure the organisation complies with its governing document – the Constitution.
  • To ensure that the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document.
  • To ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives – the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objectives, no matter how ‘charitable’ and ‘worthwhile’ those activities are.
  • To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, and evaluating performance against agreed targets, To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.
  • To ensure the financial stability of the organisation.
  • To protect and manage the property of the organisation and to ensure the proper investment of the organisation’s funds.

Interview and further participation: In light of COVID19, all interviews will take place via Zoom or Teams.

Safe Accommodation DAP/IDVA
  • Location: Office based in Westcliff-on-Sea but will be required to travel to sites across the City of Southend-on-Sea.
  • Hours: 37.5 hours per week to include occasional weekends and evenings.
  • Annual leave: Commencing at 25 days per annum (plus 8 bank holidays)
  • Salary: NICVA Scale 4 (Non IDVA) or NICVA Scale 5 (IDVA) £21,748 - £24,012

We have a rewarding opportunity available for a Safe Accommodation DAP/IDVA to join our team based in Southend-on-Sea. You will join us on a full time, fixed term contract basis working 37.5hrs per week including some evenings and weekends on a rota basis.

Safe Steps provides early intervention, advocacy, support, crisis intervention, emergency accommodation, therapeutic and recovery services to survivors of domestic abuse in the City of Southend-on-Sea and delivers training to the wider community.

We are looking for a Safe Accommodation DAP/IDVA to join us and work within a dynamic team, providing high quality safe accommodation and support to women, men and children who have experienced domestic abuse, with a victim centred approach, focusing on safety and recovery. This post will work integrally with Safe Steps and South Essex Homes.

You will ensure survivors are provided with a safe, supportive and welcoming environment to support them stabilise, gain independence and wellbeing. Complete assessments of risk and needs, regularly reviewing safety and support plans as well supporting their moves into the community. Participation in the on-call rota is essential.

Knowledge of housing and homelessness law would be advantageous.

This post will be subject to an enhanced 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.

For further information and an application pack, please email hr@safesteps.org

Closing date: 7th October 2022
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