REQUIRED: Freelance HIV and Wellbeing Support Worker for black gay/bi/trans men support group
LGBT HERO is seeking a passionate freelance HIV and Wellbeing Support Worker who can help us run online peer-support group sessions for black gay, bisexual and trans men living with HIV, while responding to LGBT HERO's online peer-support forums. The project is part of LGBT HERO's 'Hangouts' programme delivered through GMFA. Position: Freelance HIV and Wellbeing Support Worker to run online Peer-Support for Black gay, bisexual and trans men living with HIV. The position will support the current Community Support Worker who is overseeing the Hangouts programme and supporting LGBT HERO's Community Engagement Manager with our online peer-support forums. Hours: Up to 10 hours a week with evening and weekend work required. Hours could be extended should it be required. Starting: Mid-February running for up to 6 months. Programme may be extended longer. 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: £13.75 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 HIV and wellbeing support worker to run online group peer-support sessions and individual sessions for Black gay, bisexual and trans men living with HIV from London while responding to LGBT HERO's online peer-support forums on an ongoing basis. The position is for up to 10 hours a week with some evening and weekend work required. You will be working in partnership with LGBT HERO's Community Support Worker and the Community Engagement Manager. Background: Before COVID, Black 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 intends to run 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, including life living with HIV. LGBT HERO also intends to offer 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 HIV and Wellbeing 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 with the Community Support Worker to plan each session as part of the Hangout programme, promote it via social media, run each group and 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 run and report on each session. The person who applies should have some or all of the following: Required:
Knowledge or lived experience of HIV***
Knowledge of the health and social inequalities Black 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 sex and sexual health. You must be comfortable to talk about sex and sexual health in an open and honest environment.
Knowledge on social issues such as isolation and loneliness, along with general society issues such as racism and discrimination.
Experience in running group support sessions.
Experience in running one-to-one support sessions.
Experience in running group exercises.
*** We do not require this position to be filled by someone living with HIV, but as the group is based around topics surrounding living with HIV, it would be ideal if the person leading the programme has first hand experience of living with HIV. We are fully open to people who are not living with HIV to run this project, but you must clearly state why you are the best person to lead this work and how you would run the project as someone who is not living with HIV. 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 Chief Executive, the Community Support Worker and with some direct reporting to the Community Engagement Manager. 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 gay, bisexual and trans men face. 2. Please tell us your experience or knowledge of mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.
2. Please tell us your experience or knowledge of HIV and sexual wellbeing 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 email@example.com. Deadline: By midnight on Tuesday 2 February 2021. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org