Peer Facilitator, Trans Survivors Drop-In

Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard

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*Opportunity for trans and/or non-binary people*

*Trans women/trans feminine people, trans people of colour, LGBQ+ trans people and trans people with disabilities are particularly welcome to apply*

Want to support other trans and/or non-binary people? Eager to gain facilitation and listening skills and put them to good use?

As a Peer Facilitator for our Trans Survivors Drop-In, you’ll be part of a team of people facilitating unique support group meetings for trans and non-binary people who have experienced violence, crime and/or abuse. This project is a development of our Trans Survivors Switchboard, which has been providing specialist support to trans people since 2016. There are no other services providing this form of support to transgender survivors in the UK!

You will receive training on facilitation and listening skills to support attendees. Your role will be to promote a safe space, enable people to participate in the group according to their comfort level, and signpost to other sources of support. All groups will include at least two facilitators, so you won’t be working alone.

Role duties:

  • To commit to two initial training dates. Training dates will be between 15th and 25th November, exact dates to be confirmed with successful candidates.
  • To provide face-to-face support to attendees of the Trans Survivors Drop-In.
  • To support activities such as arts and crafts at the Trans Survivors Drop-In.
  • To work with Switchboard’s Volunteer Coordinator to further develop the Trans Survivors Drop In.
  • To work as part of a team in order to ensure a safe, supportive environment for other trans and/or non-binary people.
  • To uphold Switchboard’s standards of confidentiality, inclusivity and professionalism.

Skills

You are:

  • Trans and/or non-binary
  • Compassionate, empathetic and responsible
  • Committed to supporting other trans and/or non-binary people
  • Someone who works well in a close team
  • Excited to play a vital part in shaping a service exclusively for transgender survivors of violence, crime and abuse, including sexual violence.

You have or want to gain skills in:

  • Active listening
  • Group facilitation skills
  • Peer support

Benefits

  • This is a chance to shape and be part of the UK's first drop-in group for transgender survivors of crime, violence and/or abuse, including sexual violence. As this is a new group, you will be involved in developing the service. As a Peer Facilitator, you'll provide unique support to other members of the transgender and/or non-binary community.
  • You will be trained in active listening, facilitating group discussions, understanding group dynamics, and frameworks for understanding trauma, coping and recovery. This new bespoke training package draws upon counselling techniques, expertise adapted from the Violence Against Women and Girls sector and the lived experience of transgender people.
  • This drop-in will be a space where transgender survivors can build and share strength, solidarity and coping strategies. Facilitating this group means working within a close-knit team of other transgender and non-binary people to support our community. 

We are always happy to give references, and to support your personal development. Empowering transgender and non-binary people to succeed in voluntary roles and in community work is one of this project's key aims.

Practical Considerations

The drop-in will be held once a month in an accessible space in central Brighton; the current plan is to hold the drop-in on the last Wednesday of each month, though this will be reassessed after the first few sessions. This will require approximately 3.5 - 4 hours (set up, two hours of group, debrief, clearing up).

We will do our best to support individuals through the process of volunteering. Groups may involve discussion of difficult topics, including violence, crime and abuse. Clinical supervision will be offered every two months, and peer facilitators will be expected to attend in order to reflect upon their experiences with the group and be supported in their helping role.

This role requires a DBS check, which will be paid for and organised by Switchboard.

When do I need to be available?

Start Date 25/10/2018
End Date 25/10/2019
Details This drop-in will be monthly, and is scheduled to happen on the last Wednesday of the month, starting at the end of November. This will be revisited after feedback from attendees, potential attendees and volunteers. Interviews will be held on the 14th and 15th of November, depending on your availability, and training will consist of two dates between the 17th and the 25th November.
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Where does this role take place?

Community Base
113 Queens Road
Brighton
East Sussex
BN1 3XG

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
    Volunteers can claim travel expenses, provided they can show receipts.
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Other
    DBS checks will be required; Switchboard pays for this.
  • Support on Offer
  • Training