Modern Slavery Support Mentors - The Salvation Army
This role offers an exciting opportunity to come alongside survivors of modern slavery who have transitioned out of crisis and are moving forward in establishing life-based in Birmingham.
The Salvation Army is growing a network of community–based support, which provides survivors of modern slavery with a link to their local community and signposting to the range of available support they may need.'
The Salvation Army is a church and a charity- there to help support societies' most vulnerable and impoverished. In addition to many other projects, we are passionate about supporting people who have been affected by modern slavery and establishing practical support at a local corps (church) and community level. We have made a global commitment to combat human trafficking and we are now a leader in the field of modern slavery, going above and beyond to deliver impactful and innovative work in transforming the lives of victims of modern slavery and plugging current gaps in provision of support.
The CONNECT programme is the Salvation Army‘s Modern Slavery Survivor Support Service. CONNECT provides community-based support through hubs and mentoring which provide survivors of human trafficking and/or modern slavery with a link to their local community and signposting to the range of available support they may need.
The volunteer mentor role will come alongside survivors of modern slavery who have transitioned out of crisis and support them as they move forward and establish a life in Birmingham.
If this is something that you care about, then why not come and join us?
Summary of tasks:
- To meet as a ‘trio’ (minimum of) twice per month for approximately 2 hours per session at locations determined by the group
- Help to model healthy community and relationships
- Attend mentor training provided by The Salvation Army Community Hub team
- Help the client set and achieve goals over the period of a year
- Provide practical support where appropriate (eg signposting)
- Provide a brief written record of each meeting to the LPC
- Provide client/volunteer feedback
- Interest in The Salvation Army’s modern slavery work and sympathy with the general aims and values of The Salvation Army
- Sensitive interpersonal and social skills
- Ability to keep confidences
- Commitment to safeguarding and a willingness to raise concerns where necessary
- Ability to build strong relationships with fellow mentor and client demonstrating a healthy relationship
- Experience of supporting others navigating new situations and achieving new goals
- Access to car/public transport and flexibility around meeting places
- Salvation Army standard volunteer training
- Specialised volunteer and safeguarding training from The Salvation Army’s Community Hub team (approximately 8 hours over 2 separate sessions)
- Relevant online courses via The Salvation Army online portal (approximately 6 hours across all courses – support provided)
- A DBS check and two satisfactory references will be required
- Ongoing training programme supporting practice
This role is unpaid but expenses (eg refreshments) related to the mentor role will be reimbursed. Further information will be provided at induction.
- 12 month commitment period
- Meet up with ‘Trio’ approximately every 1-2 weeks for 2 hours per session
- One 30-minute debriefing call with a member of the Community Hub team after each meeting, for at least the first 6 meetings
- To be able to attend initial training
- To be able to attend a minimum of 6 out of the 9 training sessions provided within the 12 month period