Advocacy Support Worker x2

Location UK / Belfast

Job Type Fixed term contract

Salary £25000 - 30000

Updated 5 days ago

Reference 1441744

 Job Description

This project (funded through PEACE IV) offers support, advocacy and advice in relation to Truth, Justice and Acknowledgment to families bereaved as a result of the Troubles.

Location B: Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh + Newtownstewart, County Tyrone with 

outreach as required throughout Western Region

Please indicate which location you are interested in when applying

Hours of work:  37.5 hours per week (funded initially until 31st March 2021)

Salary:   £29,073 Gross + 6% Pension

Background

South East Fermanagh Foundation (SEFF) was founded on 15th August 1998 to provide practical and emotional supports for a large number of individuals who had been through traumatic experiences as a consequence of ‘The Troubles.’

Currently SEFF has five hubs for service delivery; Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh. Newtownstewart, County Tyrone. Rathfriland, County Down, Bessbrook, South Armagh and London.

SEFF’s Core services are:

• Drop-in centre and Signposting services

• Advocacy services,  Respite and Volunteering opportunities

• Justice, Truth and Acknowledgement programmes and initiatives.

• Befriending services and Counselling support

• Welfare/Benefits advice + Appeals/Tribunals representation

The Post

This post has been developed as part of the PEACE IV Programme which provides investment for cross-border health and wellbeing services by increasing the quality of care in the sector for victims and survivors and their families.

Purpose of the Role

The post holder will be required to support, advocate on behalf of, and advise families who wish to engage with statutory and other bodies in respect of their bereavement.

Job Description

The key elements that constitute the role of the Advocacy Support Worker are as follows:

Advocacy Services

Provide families with information about relevant statutory and other organisations to help them make a properly informed judgement on engaging with such organisations, and to help them to consider all options available to them.

Prepare families for and facilitate meetings with relevant organisations and witnesses.

Maintain and update files on each case, and ensure all files are properly archived and recorded into a single publicly accessible record.

Research individual cases to ensure that families and South East Fermanagh Foundation are fully prepared for meetings with relevant agencies.

Role Competencies

Essential Criteria:

By the closing date for applications, candidates must be able to demonstrate:

1. A relevant University degree, or equivalent qualification plus 1 years’ experience providing advocacy and advice to vulnerable clients engaged in legacy processes.

Or

4 years’ experience providing advocacy and advice to vulnerable clients engaged in legacy processes.

And

2. A minimum of 2 years’ practical experience collating and analysing complex information, and writing reports.

3. A minimum of 2 years’ practical experience of effectively managing complex client interactions.

4. A minimum of 2 years’ experience working and building relationships with multiple stakeholders.

5. Hold a full license valid in the UK with access to a car. This criterion will be waived in the case of an applicant whose disability prohibits driving but who is able to make alternative arrangements.

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