The Salvation Army’s Survivor Support Service works alongside governmental (statutory) and non-governmental services by providing practical and holistic support to survivors of modern slavery. Through CONNECT, we support people on their journey from victim to survivor.

This role offers an exciting opportunity for you to be part of a programme to mentor a male & female survivor of modern slavery as they establish life in Birmingham & the Black Country.

You will volunteer with a fellow mentor to support a client (survivor) to establish goals as well as provide practical guidance and support for the individual to achieve them.

As one of our volunteers, you will receive specialised training and regular support.

Role: Mentor

Location: Birmingham & The Black Country-based - further details of the location will be given to successful applicants

Commitment: Bi-weekly for 12 months. Must be available to attend the initial training which is planned for end Oct 2020.

This post is available to male and female applicants.

What you will do
• Support the client to identify and establish goals
• Provide the client with tools and techniques to navigate a pathway to achieve their goals
• Provide practical support to the client where appropriate (eg signposting)
• Liaise with the client and fellow mentor to arrange safe and suitable meeting places
• Liaise with the client and fellow mentor to plan bi-weekly meeting time and day
• Debrief with your fellow mentor after each meeting and provide a brief written record of the discussion for the Local Programme Coordinator
• Work with your fellow mentor to model ‘healthy community’
• Manage own and clients’ refreshment expenses and reimbursement

Skills you need
• A passion for transforming the lives of people who have been affected by modern slavery
• Sensitive interpersonal and social skills
• Ability to keep confidences
• Reliability and good time keeping
• Commitment to safeguarding and a willingness to raise concerns where necessary
• Experience of supporting others navigating new situations and achieving goals
• Ability to build strong and professional relationship with fellow mentor and client
• Access to car/public transport and flexibility around location to meet at

What you will get from us
A mixture of face-to-face and online training prior to working with clients (approx. 10 hours):
• Volunteer Induction and specialised programme training
• Safeguarding, Data Protection and Equality & Diversity e-learning courses
• IT and Data Induction e-learning course (Helpdesk volunteers)
Ongoing debrief support sessions from the Local Programme Coordinator.
Professional development and refresher training.

• 12-month commitment period
• Meet with client and fellow mentor bi-weekly for approximately 2 hours
• To able to complete all required training prior to working with clients
• To be able to attend a minimum of 5 professional development training sessions per year (provided by the local CONNECT team)

To fulfil this role
All roles within the CONNECT programme are subject to:
• mandatory checks including DBS
• two satisfactory references
• completion of all required training
• an informal interview and introductory period

We ask that you support the mission, values and aims of The Salvation Army but there is no requirement or expectation for you to be a Christian.

This role is unpaid, but costs incurred for refreshments related to the mentor role will be reimbursed. Further information will be provided at induction.