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Freelance Community Support Worker required

Updated: Sep 2

LGBT HERO is seeking a dedicated and passionate freelance Community Support Worker to run online Peer-support for Black and South Asian gay, bisexual and trans men.



Position: Freelance Community Support Worker to run online Peer-support for Black and South Asian gay, bisexual and trans men

Hours: Up to 10 hours a week with evening and weekend work required.

Starting: Mid-September running until the end of February 2021.


Location: Home based with possible face-to-face meetings depending on COVID restrictions. Applicants can be based anywhere in the UK. You must have a laptop capable of hosting online communication tools such as Zoom and have a strong, reliable internet connection.

Pay: £17.50 per hour – paid monthly on invoice submitted. Hours will be agreed prior to week beginning.



Description:

LGBT HERO, the health equality and rights organisation for LGBTQ+ people, requires a freelance support worker to plan and run at least 12 online group peer-support sessions and 12 individual sessions for Black and South Asian gay, bisexual and trans men living in London. The position is for up to 10 hours a week with some evening and weekend work required.

Background:

Before COVID, Black and South Asian gay, bisexual and trans men experienced some for the harshest health and social inequalities in our community. We know they are far more likely to experience mental health issues such as depression and anxiety and are more likely to experience social issues such as isolation and loneliness. Since COVID and lockdown, this has increased with four in five men saying lockdown has affected their mental health.

LGBT HERO, thanks to funding from the City Bridge Trust and National Lottery Community Fund, intends to run at least 12 online peer-support group sessions which aim to give a safe and non-judgemental space to the men involved so they can talk about life right now, including any health and social inequalities they are facing.

LGBT HERO also intends to offer 12 individuals one-to-one sessions. These sessions are for anyone who does not feel comfortable going straight into a group environment to have some time with the support worker first before joining a group. They will offer a safe space with the individuals to ask questions or talk about sensitive subjects without judgement.

Both the group and individual sessions are not designed to be counselling groups or replace existing services. We would expect that after completing the group and individual sessions, the people involved would be in a better place to seek further help if they require it.

You will work in partnership with the LGBT HERO team to plan each session, promote it via social media, run each 2-hour group and 1-hour individual session and report after each session is completed. You will be offered regular supervision and offered training should it be required.

About you:

LGBT HERO is looking for a passionate person to plan, promote, run and report on each session. The person who applies should have some or all of the following:

Required:

  • Knowledge of the health and social inequalities Black and South Asian gay, bisexual and trans men face in their daily lives.

  • General knowledge of the health and social inequalities LGBTQ+ people face.

  • Knowledge on mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.

  • Knowledge on social issues such as isolation and loneliness, along with general society issues such as racism and discrimination.

Desired:

  • Experience in running group support sessions.

  • Experience in running one-to-one support sessions.

  • Experience in running group exercises.

  • Knowledge on HIV and sexual health topics.


Safeguarding: As you will be working closely with members of our community we do require you to have an up-to-date DBS check. If you do not have one you can apply for one here: https://www.gov.uk/request-copy-criminal-record. LGBT HERO will cover the cost should you not have one in place if you are successful.


Privacy and Confidentiality: As you will be dealing with a lot of sensitive subjects you must also have a private and secure location when running sessions. You will be fully briefed on LGBT HERO's privacy, confidentiality and safeguarding policies.


Reporting to: You will report the LGBT HERO’s Digital and Social Engagement team with some direct reporting to the Chief Executive. You may also be required to attend online team meetings from time to time.

To apply please send an up-to-date CV and a cover letter answering the following questions:

1. Please tell us your experience or knowledge of the health and social inequalities black and South Asian gay, bisexual and trans men face.

2. Please tell us your experience or knowledge of mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.

3. Please tell us your experience in running group support sessions and any experience in running group exercises.

4. Please tell us your experience in running one-to-one support sessions.

5. And please tell us why you’d be the best person to run these sessions.

Although this is a freelance position, LGBT HERO has ambitions for this work to become full-time, so early reporting on its successes could help extend this work past February 2021.

Please send your CV and the cover letter to ian.howley@lgbthero.org.uk.


Deadline: By midnight on Sunday 6 September 2020.


Interviews will be conducted via Zoom at a time agreed between both parties.

LGBT HERO is an equality opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from all ages and backgrounds.


If you have any questions about this position please email ian.howley@lgbthero.org.uk


Funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, distributed by City Bridge Trust through the London Community Response Fund, has helped us to fund this position. Thanks to National Lottery players for making this possible.





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LGBT HERO - the Health Equality and Rights Organisation for LGBTQ+ people

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