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PART TIME OUT OF HOURS ASSISTANT

Women’s Aid in RCT wish to recruit a part time Out of Hours Assistant for nights, weekends and bank holidays at our 24 hr staffed Intake and Assessment Refuge.

The post involves working 12 hour shifts averaging 24 hours per week over a four week shift rota. The main duties include taking  referrals and admissions out of hours, as well as some light cleaning duties.

Salary = £15,500 per annum pro rata (actual salary = £9920 p.a)

If you are interested in this role, please contact Eirlys Young, Facilities Co-ordinator for an application pack

Email eirlysyoung@wa-rct.org.uk

Tel 01443 400791

Closing date for applications = Monday 10th July 2017

Interviews will be held during the week beginning 18th July 2017

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International Women’s Day – 8th March

International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognised for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.

On Wednesday the 8th March we are celebrating International Women’s Day by holding an Information Sharing/Fun Day at our offices in Parkview, Pontypridd. Entry is FREE and we will have a bouncy castle, stalls, face painting, refreshments and music. There will be information on all our services  and projects as well as information tables from the local organisations who offer support and advice to within RCT.

Why not come along and find out about services within your local community and the positive differences they can make to your lives?

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The links between Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence and Mental ill-health are well documented. Research shows that 69% of women accessing mental health services in England and Wales have experienced domestic and/or sexual abuse. Evidence based practice has highlighted the difficulties faced by mental health services in meeting the needs of survivors of domestic and sexual violence and in dealing with perpetrators.

Women describe various forms of psychological, emotional, financial, sexual & physical control used by partners to subordinate, threaten & isolate them.  Psychological control & emotional abuse is identified as the worst aspect of the abusive relationship, with the lasting psychological impact of that abuse being loss of identity, confidence & self-esteem, anxiety, depression, social isolation, eating problems, harmful use of alcohol & substances, self-harm & suicidal ideation.

Women’s Aid RCT have identified an ever increasing number of women experiencing domestic abuse presenting with significant mental health issues.  During the last quarter 79% of women accessing refuge space in RCT presented with identified mental health issues.  Analysis of our data and consultation with support staff and clients over the last 2 years demonstrates that in addition to the % of women with diagnosed mental health issues prior to admission, a significant proportion recognise having mental health issues but have not previously self-referred into health services due to fear of stigma and the negative impact in family courts of being diagnosed with poor mental health associated with the domestic abuse they have experienced.

To provide the appropriate support to this client group we are looking to recruit a Mental Health Support Advocate. We are looking for a dynamic individual with considerable experience of mental health care to provide a key link between health care professionals and specialist domestic abuse services.  Providing direct support to explore options and interventions in partnership with GP’s to meet the needs of women with mental ill health who have experienced domestic abuse or sexual violence. Based at our Pontypridd offices but providing one to one support to women residing in crisis accommodation or engaging with community based services across RCT.

Funding for this post has been secured initially for 1 year with further funding depending on the outcomes achieved from the pilot.

Women’s Aid in RCT supports women and their children and due to the nature of its  work only employs women.  The organisation is exempt under the Sex Discrimination Act, Section 7.2 (e).

For an informal discussion please contact Charlie Arthur – Chief Executive Officer on 07506 800836 or email charliearthur@wa-rct.org.uk

Closing Date for completed applications – 5pm on Friday 17th March 2017

For an application pack please contact Katherine Jenkins on 01443 400791 or email kathrynjenkins@wa-rct.org.uk

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Children’s welcome bags

Coming into refuge can be frightening for a child, especially if they come in with only a few belongings. We wanted to help the children settle in quicker and decided to make Welcome packs for each child that came into refuge. The bags could be given out on the initial admission or by the children’s team when we meet up with the children which is in the first couple of days of coming in. We were given a small budget and decided on drawstring bags that the children could use again and possibly for school.

We wanted to involve the children in refuge with ideas of what we could put in the bags, we met with all the children in the refuge at the time. We reminded them how they felt when they came into refuge and asked them to think about what would help them settle into refuge. They drew or wrote ideas of what they would like to go into the bags.

Ideas included:

•           Pens

•           Colouring set

•           Colouring books

•           A soft toy

•           A ball

•           Bubbles

•           Sweets

•           Tooth brush

•           Toothpaste

•           Toiletries

 

The examples of the what the children did are attached.

The bags we bought were plain black drawstring bags so can be universal both girls and boys to use.

The age ranges that we have use for the bags are:

•           0-2

•           3-5

•           6-8

•           9-12

•           13-16

We are hoping to make up at least 100 hundred bags but with such a small budget we have compromised to 50 , so then we will see what is left in the pot or try and do some fundraising for the next batch.

We have currently bought 40 bags and through donations from some shops in Pontypridd town and the community we have raised some goods to put in the bags. 

Photos of the bags made up are attached.

We will also include children’s refuge handbook for the ages of 4-6 , 7-11 and 12-16 years.

 

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Christmas gift appeal

The team at Women’s Aid -RCT would like to say a massive thank you for all the support we receive from individuals, agencies, businesses and the local community throughout the year.

We are especially grateful for the on-going support around our Christmas appeal which grows and grows each year. These gifts support us to help brighten someones life over this often difficult period.

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Partnership working – CAB

We are excited to announce that starting in January 2017 we will be working closely with the Citizens Advice Bureau (C.A.B) to provide accessible debt management and benefit optimization advice to our clients across RCT.

A dedicated CAB adviser will be on hand to offer advocacy, advice and support to women on a drop in basis at our Park view office,  Pontypridd, on a Wednesday afternoon between 1 pm -4pm. However appointments can be made to see the adviser at other venues across RCT.

This is an excellent opportunity to offer additional support to women throughout RCT . We are looking forward to working closely with CAB and further developing our professional relationship.

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