Job Vacancies

First Light are experiencing an increased demand for its services in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result we have managed to secure additional funding to increase our capacity across the organisation.

As a growing organisation, we’re on the look-out for passionate, determined and committed people to join our award-winning team. We consider our organisation to be a rewarding one for all individuals who are involved within it, and pride ourselves on our ambitious and nurturing nature. Staff benefits include membership of Perkpal (our employee benefits, perks, and reward programme), which enables access to a number of free resources including eyesight tests, health and wellbeing resources, and access to our employee assistance programme which gives you the tools to live a happier and healthier life and help to deal with personal problems. This includes assessments, short term counselling and referral services for employees and immediate family, as well as a host of other free and discounted benefits. All of our staff have access to external supervision.

We particularly welcome applications from people who share our vision, mission and organisational values.

You might want to join us because

  • We are considered experts in our field; we provide specialist support
  • We are a people focused organisation and consider it a privilege to meet, engage and support somebody at their moment of crisis
  • We are often the first people that somebody has told about violence or abuse – a responsibility we take extremely seriously
  • We listen, empathise and see people that use our services
  • We believe that people have a choice whether to engage with us. We will always respect their life choices
  • We encourage people to find their voice, empower them to make positive change in their lives and thrive in a positive future
  • We stand beside people, often advocating on their behalf to get better outcomes

Current Vacancies

Business Support Manager

Salary: £30,000 per annum rising to £31,620 on successful completion of probation

Hours: from 22.5 to 37.5 hours per week (flexible depending on applicant)

Holiday: 25 days annual holiday entitlement per annum (plus bank holidays) rising to 30 days per annum after 5 years

Contract: Permanent

Base: Plymouth or Truro

We currently have an exciting opportunity available, based at our Plymouth or Truro offices as our Business Support Manager. In this role, you will work closely with the Director of Governance and Compliance, Finance Manager, HR Manager, Service Directors and managers, and must be able to forge strong relationships with funders, staff, volunteers and managers.

The primary duty of this role is to provide effective, efficient and responsive organisational systems, registrations and equipment which ensures First Light staff and volunteers can provide exceptional client-centred care and support. It is an operational role well suited to people who can work autonomously, like detail, can manage relationships and enjoy developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating projects and workstreams across a complex organisation.  This post is a part of the Senior Management Team.

Additional Information

There is a requirement to have a full driving licence and access to a vehicle. There will be frequent travel within Devon and Cornwall with occasional travel to Swindon, Wiltshire and other areas. You will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Deadline for receipt of applications:  9:00am Thursday 8th July 2021

Expected dates for interviews: Tuesday 20th July 2021

If you do not hear from us by 19th July, please assume you have been unsuccessful at this time.

To apply : Please complete both sections of the application form (see links below). Ensure that you specify whether you are applying for the Devon or Cornwall role, and outline your relevant experience and evidence suitability for the role against the role profile and person specification. Alternatively, you can ring 03458 121212 to request an application pack.

CVs will not be accepted

For SECTION ONE of the application form please click here

For SECTION TWO of the application form please click here

To view the Business Support Manager role profile please click here

Children and Young Persons Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (CYPIDVA)

Salary:                         £22,220 – £22,550 per annum after successful completion of probation period

Holiday:                      25 days per annum plus bank holidays

Working hours:      37.5 hours per week (Monday – Friday)

Contract:                   Fixed term to August 2022 with a possibility of further extension subject to funding

Base:                             Negotiable dependent on location.

First Light has partnered with Barnardo’s in Cornwall to deliver the county-wide Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Service – Safer Futures.   A full-time vacancy has arisen for a Children and Young Persons IDVA role, on a fixed term contract for a period of 12 months, due to expansion within the service. We are looking for people who are highly motivated, willing, flexible and able to work unsupervised on a day to day basis but also as part of a team . The post holder will work closely with all members of the integrated service.

The role of CYPIDVA will be to provide a pro-active service to children and young people who are victims of domestic abuse to keep them safe; providing a premium service to those assessed at highest risk. The post holder will work pro-actively within a multi-agency setting (including MARAC & MARU) to develop comprehensive safety and support plans to help keep victims safe. Key to the success of this role is the use of advocacy and partnership working skills to develop a network of agencies, professionals and forums that will identify and refer cases.

The CYPIDVA will act as a champion for young people raising awareness of the severity of the abuse young people experience and the sources of support available across Cornwall.

The post holder will also provide a pro-active service to adult victims of domestic abuse to keep them safe, working within a multi-agency setting (including MARAC) to develop comprehensive safety and support plans to help keep victims safe.

Candidates will have sound knowledge of the impact of domestic violence on victims and children and experience of multi–agency working to support a victim’s safety and future development. It is expected that candidates will have experience of direct work with victims of domestic abuse at a crisis stage, of conducting risk assessments and of managing the safety planning process.

Candidates must also have knowledge of child and adult safeguarding procedures and an understanding and commitment to the Equality, Diversity & Human Rights agenda.

Added benefits:

First Light is an innovative organisation and career progression is supported. Membership of Perkpal our employee benefits, perks and reward programme. The programme includes access to a number of free resources, including free eyesight tests, free health and wellbeing resources, access to our employee assistance programme as well as a host of other free discounted benefits. Internal line management and external supervision is also provided which gives you the tools to live a happier and healthier life. To help the successful candidate fulfil the role, we will deliver a comprehensive induction and training programme to help them understand the numerous services we provide across the South West.

Additional Information

All applicants will be police vetted and subject to the Disclosure & Barring Scheme.

It is essential that you have a full driving licence and the capability to travel within Cornwall.

To apply: Please complete both sections of the application form (see links below) outlining your relevant experience and evidencing suitability for the role against the role profile and person specification. Alternatively, you can ring 03458 121212 to request an application pack.

CVs will not be accepted. 

Deadline for receipt of applications:           9:00am Monday 12th July 2021

Interviews are expected to take place on:  Monday 19th July 2021

If you do not hear from us by Friday 16th July 2021, please assume you have been unsuccessful at this time.

For SECTION ONE of the application form please click here

For SECTION TWO of the application form please click here

To view the CYP IDVA role profile please click here

Helpline Team Leader

Pay Scale Information: Starting salary: £24,800 per annum rising to £25,300 per annum subject to successful probation review.  Dependent upon previous experience or taking on additional roles and responsibilities where there is a clear service need and is affordable and authorised by the CEO: £26,000

Holiday: 25 days annual holiday entitlement per annum (plus bank holidays) increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service.

Base: Cornwall – Helford House

Contract: Permanent

First Light has partnered with Barnardo’s in Cornwall to deliver the county-wide Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Service – Safer Futures.  We have an exciting opportunity for a full time Team Leader to join our growing and rapidly developing Helpline in Cornwall. This role provides day to day leadership and supervision for the Helpline team.

The post holder will be the lead in crisis situations and provide advice and guidance of safeguarding issues and information sharing concerns with the team.  The post holder must ensure that there is a consistent delivery of services to service users, including risk assessments, safety planning, referrals into the integrated service and other agencies.

The Team Leader will provide advice, risk evaluation, support and information to all professionals working with victims of Domestic Abuse, for victims and survivors of Domestic Abuse and the general public.

The candidate will respect and value the diversity of the community in which the service works in, providing a service that recognises the diverse needs of clients, ensuring the service is accessible to all. To work as part of a wider team which aims to deliver a high quality frontline service keeping the safety of victims of sexual violence central to all processes

You will be joining a team of committed and inspiring individuals.  The successful applicants will have in-depth knowledge of domestic abuse and sexual violence and its impact on service users and their children, experience of working with people who have been impacted by domestic and/or sexual abuse and strong casework management skills.

Added benefits: First Light is an innovative organisation and career progression is supported.  Membership of Perkpal our employee benefits, perks and reward programme. The programme includes access to a number of free resources, including free eyesight tests, free health and wellbeing resources, access to our employee assistance programme, as well as a host of other free / discounted benefits. Internal line management and external supervision is also provided which gives you the tools to live a happier and healthier life.

 Additional Information

All applicants will be police vetted and subject to the Disclosure & Barring Scheme.

Deadline for receipt of applications:  9:00 am Monday 19th July 2021

Expected date for interviews : 30th July 2021

If you have not heard from us by 29th July 2021, please assume you have been unsuccessful at this time.

To apply : Please complete both sections of the application form (see links below). Ensure that you outline your relevant experience and evidence suitability for the role against the role profile and person specification. Alternatively, you can ring 03458 121212 to request an application pack.

CVs will not be accepted

For SECTION ONE of the application form please click here

For SECTION TWO of the application form please click here

To view the Helpline Team Leader role profile please click here

Health Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA)

Salary:                          £22,220 – £22,550 per annum after successful completion of  probation

Holiday:                      25 days per annum

Working hours        37.5 hours per week (Monday – Friday)

Contract:                   Fixed term to August 2022 with a possibility of further extension subject to funding

Base:                             RCHT Treliske within the Safeguarding team.

First Light has partnered with Barnardo’s in Cornwall to deliver the county-wide Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Service – Safer Futures.  A full-time vacancy has arisen for a Health IDVA on a fixed term contract, due to expansion within the service. We are looking for people who are highly motivated, willing,  flexible and able to work unsupervised on a day to day basis but also as part of a team . The post holder will work closely with all members of the integrated service.

The successful applicant will join a well-established team of IDVAs who are based across the county in various multi-agency settings.   This particular post is to be based at RCHT within the Safeguarding Team, however there will be a requirement to attend and work from Community Hospitals within the County.

Candidates will have sound knowledge of the impact of domestic violence on victims and children and experience of multi–agency working to support a victim’s safety and future development. It is expected that candidates will have experience of direct work with victims of domestic abuse at a crisis stage, of conducting risk assessments and of managing the safety planning process.

Candidates must also have knowledge of child and adult safeguarding procedures and an understanding and commitment to the Equality, Diversity & Human Rights agenda. The work of the Health IDVA is distinct in that they will be part of the CIOS integrated service with a focus on supporting victims of domestic abuse within the Health response.  Candidates will raise awareness of the integrated service and domestic abuse and Sexual Violence to health practitioners as well as helping other services identify and respond to those experiencing domestic abuse.

The successful applicant will take referrals from clinicians in response to routine enquiry or other disclosure and provide a timely response.  They will be skilled in risk management and safety planning, remaining calm in a crisis and in handling sensitive information on a daily basis. This normally involves supporting clients from the point of crisis and requires a pro-active response within a multi-agency setting to provide a premium service to those assessed at highest risk but responding to all referrals whatever the risk level.

The successful applicant will use advocacy and partnership working skills both within the hospital setting and, in the community, to ensure clients are supported to access services to which they are entitled.

The successful applicant will need to be highly motivated, flexible and able to work unsupervised on a day to day basis.

Added benefits:

First Light is an innovative organisation and career progression is supported. Membership of Perkpal our employee benefits, perks and reward programme. The programme includes access to a number of free resources, including free eyesight tests, free health and wellbeing resources, access to our employee assistance programme as well as a host of other free discounted benefits. Internal line management and external supervision is also provided which gives you the tools to live a happier and healthier life. To help the successful candidate fulfil the role, we will deliver a comprehensive induction and training programme to help them understand the numerous services we provide across the South West.

Additional Information

All applicants will be police vetted and subject to the Disclosure & Barring Scheme

It is essential that you have a full driving licence and the capability to travel within Cornwall.

To apply:  Please complete both our applications forms (links below).  Ensure that you outline your relevant experience and evidence suitability for the role against the role profile and person specification. Alternatively, you can ring 03458 121212 to request an application pack.

CVs will not be accepted. 

Deadline for receipt of applications:    9:00am Monday 19th July 2021

Interviews are expected to take place on: 26th July 2021

If you do not hear from us by Friday 23rd July 2021 please assume you have been unsuccessful at this time. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications we receive, we will not be able to provide feedback to applicants who have not been shortlisted for interview.

For SECTION ONE of the application form please click here

For SECTION TWO of the application form please click here

To view the Health IDVA role profile please click here

Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) x2

Salary:  £22,200 per annum rising to £22,550 on successful completion of probation, and £23,550 after a further 12 months service and ISVA accreditation.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Holiday: 25 days annual holiday entitlement per annum (plus bank holidays) rising to 30 days per annum after 5 years

Contract: Permanent

Base: One ISVA will be based in Cornwall covering the East and North Cornwall area, and one ISVA will be based in the South Devon area, with some cases in Exeter

We have an exciting opportunity for two full time Independent Sexual Violence Advisors to join our growing and rapidly developing ISVA Service in Devon & Cornwall. One ISVA will be based in Cornwall covering the East and North Cornwall area, and one in the South Devon area, with some cases in Exeter. They will provide Adult services to victims as well as holding a busy caseload.

The post holders will support and have understanding and experiences of children and young people, who have experienced trauma in their lives. Knowledge of local services both statutory and third sector will be an advantage including Safeguarding procedures for Children and Vulnerable people. Some understanding of the impacts of sexual violence for this group is desirable but not essential as all ISVAs will be expected to undertake accredited ISVA training.

The ISVA will provide advice, risk evaluation, support and information to all professionals working with victims and survivors of sexual violence and the general public. The post holder will lead in crisis situations and provide advice and guidance on all complex needs cases and information sharing concerns.

The candidate will respect and value the diversity of the community in which it serves, providing a service that recognises the diverse needs of clients, ensuring the service is accessible to all. To work as part of a wider team which aims to deliver a high-quality frontline service keeping the safety of victims of sexual violence central to all processes.

Additional Information

All applicants will be police vetted, subject to the Disclosure & Barring Scheme, and will need access to a car to undertake this role.

Deadline for receipt of applications:  9:00am Friday 18th June 2021

Expected dates for interviews: 30th June 2021

If you do not hear from us by 29th June, please assume you have been unsuccessful at this time.

To apply : Please complete both sections of the application form (see links below). Ensure that you specify whether you are applying for the Devon or Cornwall role, and outline your relevant experience and evidence suitability for the role against the role profile and person specification. Alternatively, you can ring 03458 121212 to request an application pack.

CVs will not be accepted

For SECTION ONE of the application form please click here

For SECTION TWO of the application form please click here

To view the ISVA role profile please click here

Children and Young Person’s Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (CYP ISVA)

Salary:  £22,200 per annum rising to £22,550 on successful completion of probation, and £23,550 after a further 12 months service and ISVA accreditation.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Holiday: 25 days annual holiday entitlement per annum (plus bank holidays) rising to 30 days per annum after 5 years

Contract: Permanent

Base: Plymouth

We have an exciting opportunity for a full time Child and Young Persons Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (CYP ISVA) to join our growing and rapidly developing ISVA Service in Devon & Cornwall. The CYP ISVA will be based in Plymouth and will provide services to victims as well as holding a busy caseload.

The post holder will support and have understanding and experiences of children and young people, who have experienced trauma in their lives. Knowledge of local services both statutory and third sector will be an advantage including Safeguarding procedures for Children and Vulnerable people. Some understanding of the impacts of SV for this group is desirable but not essential as all ISVAs will be expected to undertake accredited ISVA training.

The CYP ISVA will provide advice, risk evaluation, support and information to all professionals working with victims and survivors of sexual violence and the general public. The post holder will lead in crisis situations and provide advice and guidance on all complex needs cases and information sharing concerns.

The candidate will respect and value the diversity of the community in it serves, providing a service that recognises the diverse needs of clients, ensuring the service is accessible to all. To work as part of a wider team which aims to deliver a high-quality frontline service keeping the safety of victims of sexual violence central to all processes.

Additional Information

All applicants will be police vetted, subject to the Disclosure & Barring Scheme, and will need access to a car to undertake this role.

Deadline for receipt of applications:  9:00am Friday 18th June 2021

Expected date for interviews: 2nd July 2021

If you do not hear from us by 1st July, please assume you have been unsuccessful at this time.

To apply : Please complete both sections of the application form (see links below). Ensure that you outline your relevant experience and evidence suitability for the role against the role profile and person specification. Alternatively, you can ring 03458 121212 to request an application pack.

CVs will not be accepted

For SECTION ONE of the application form please click here

For SECTION TWO of the application form please click here

To view the ISVA role profile please click here

Trustee specialising in Finance / Accountancy

Salary: Unpaid – expenses reimbursed

Hours: Full board meetings six times per year, usually between 5pm and 7pm

We wish to recruit new members to join our seven strong governing body, the Board of Trustees. Trustees are responsible for leading the strategic direction of the charity. Their role is primarily governance, as the Senior Management team are responsible for the operational matters.

The successful candidate is likely to have experience of contributing to board or committee meetings and able to make a commitment to First Light and devote the necessary time. The full board meet six times a year, usually in the evening between 5.00pm – 7.00pm.

You will have strategic but sensitive leadership and authority, with the ability to innovate, to challenge assumptions and to contribute your views and experience. Ideally, the new Trustee will also have skills and experience in one or more of the following areas.

  • Financial Management and Planning
  • Commercial Business
  • Health & Safety

We are looking for Trustees who have:

  • integrity
  • a commitment to the organisation and its objectives
  • an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a trustee
  • strategic vision
  • good, independent judgment
  • an ability to think creatively
  • willingness to speak their mind
  • an ability to work effectively as a member of a team

We are particularly keen to achieve a more diverse Board of Trustees and we welcome applications from all sectors of the community.

If you have the motivation and experience to help us make a difference to people’s lives, please send a brief overview outlining your interests and experience to Peter Leatherby HR Manager peter.leatherby@firstlight.org.uk .

Please note that a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check is required for this role. For an informal discussion about the role of Trustee, contact Lyn Gooding, Chief Executive, on 07918 552194 or Paul Mullin, Chair, on 07903 938672

To view the Trustee role profile please click here

Volunteering

We also have volunteer positions available. For more information, please click here.

Safeguarding

First Light has a commitment to safeguarding. Please see our attached policies on adult and child safeguarding, together with our policy on safer recruitment.

To read our Safer Recruitment policy please click here

To read our Safeguarding Children and Adults policy please click here