Job Vacancies

First Light are experiencing an increased demand for its services in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.

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 a 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

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

Current Vacancies

Helpline Response Team Advisor (Permanent full-time)

Salary: £ 17,500 per annum

Hours: 37.5 hours per week (Monday – Friday)

Holiday: 5 weeks annual holiday entitlement per annum (plus bank holidays)

Base: Truro

Contract: Permanent

First Light won the Safer Cornwall seven-year contract to deliver Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Community services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, in partnership with Barnardo’s. First Light are now recruiting for a Helpline Response Team Advisor who will work for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This role will start as soon as possible following the recruitment process. We are looking for people who are highly motivated, flexible and able to work unsupervised on a day to day basis.
The helpline provides a single point of contact and gateway for those who have experienced domestic abuse within Cornwall and ensures they are able to access appropriate services. The Helpline Response Team provide a support and assessment service to domestic abuse victims by conducting telephone-based risk assessments, safety plans, information and advice as well as appropriate onward referrals within the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence pathways. The post holder will be expected to receive referrals, input data and contact victims referred to the Helpline by professionals, the public, the police and self-referrals, and provide a pro-active service to all victims of domestic abuse.
They will effectively complete risk assessments, address immediate safety through safety plans, and provide information, advice and onward referral to ensure victims are supported to access services to which they are entitled. They will also work closely with Case Coordinators and the High Risk IDVAs within First Light. For an informal discussion, please contact Mel Francis – 07584 603584.

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.

Deadline for receipt of applications: 27th November 2020

Expected date for interviews : 2nd and 3rd December 2020

If you do not hear from us by 4th December 2020, 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.

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

For completion of our Equality and Diversity monitoring form (optional) please click here

To view the Helpline Response Team Advisor role profile please click here

Helpline Response Team Advisor x3 (Fixed term full-time)

Salary: £ 17,500 per annum

Hours: 37.5 hours per week Monday to Friday 1:00pm to 9:00pm, including 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday with one day off during the week

Holiday: 5 weeks annual holiday entitlement per annum (plus bank holidays)

Base: Truro

Contract: Fixed term for 12 Months

First Light won the Safer Cornwall seven-year contract to deliver Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Community services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, in partnership with Barnardo’s. First Light are now recruiting for three Helpline Response Team Advisor’s who will work for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This role will start as soon as possible following the recruitment process. We are looking for people who are highly motivated, flexible and able to work unsupervised on a day to day basis.
The helpline provides a single point of contact and gateway for those who have experienced domestic abuse within Cornwall and ensures they are able to access appropriate services. The Helpline Response Team provide a support and assessment service to domestic abuse victims by conducting telephone-based risk assessments, safety plans, information and advice as well as appropriate onward referrals within the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence pathways. The post holder will be expected to receive referrals, input data and contact victims referred to the Helpline by professionals, the public, the police and self-referrals, and provide a pro-active service to all victims of domestic abuse.
They will effectively complete risk assessments, address immediate safety through safety plans, and provide information, advice and onward referral to ensure victims are supported to access services to which they are entitled. They will also work closely with Case Coordinators and the High Risk IDVAs within First Light. For an informal discussion, please contact Mel Francis– 07584 603584.

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.

Deadline for receipt of applications: 27th  November 2020

Expected date for interviews : 2nd and 3rd December 2020

If you do not hear from us by 4th December 2020, 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

For completion of our Equality and Diversity monitoring form (optional) please click here

To view the Helpline Response Team Advisor role profile please click here

Complex Needs Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA)

Salary: £ 21,140 per annum

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

Base: Plymouth, Devon or Cornwall

Contract: Fixed Term until 31st March 2022

We have an exciting opportunity for a full time Complex Needs Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) to join our growing and rapidly developing ISVA Service in Devon & Cornwall. This role will enhance the Team by providing specialist knowledge in mental health and its services as well as holding a caseload.

The post holder will support and have understanding and experiences of supporting men and/or women who have complex needs in relation to mental health. Knowledge of services and liaison with community mental health services across Devon and Cornwall will be required as this will be a key function of the role. 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 Complex Needs 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 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

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

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.

Deadline for receipt of applications: 20th November 2020

Expected date for interviews : 8th December 2020

If you do not hear from us by 9th December 2020, 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

For completion of our Equality and Diversity monitoring form (optional) please click here

To view the Complex Needs ISVA role profile please click here

Male Independent Sexual Violence Advisor

Salary: £ 21,140 per annum

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

Base: Plymouth, Devon or Cornwall

Contract: Fixed Term until 31st March 2022

We have an exciting opportunity for a full time Male Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) to join our growing and rapidly developing ISVA Service in Devon & Cornwall. This role will enhance the team by providing a specialist male worker for male victims of sexual abuse and rape.
The post holder will support and have understanding and experiences of supporting men who have complex needs. Knowledge of services and liaison with community resources across Devon and Cornwall will be required as this will be a key function of the role. 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 post holder will work in collaboration with two local charities, Operation Emotion and Momentum who currently provide support for male survivors across Devon and Cornwall. They will assist First Light in developing increased access for male victims and work towards accrediting the ISVA service under Lime Cultures male standards award.

The post holder will be expected to travel across Devon and Cornwall so being able to drive will be essential. The new post will join an experienced team of Adult and CYP ISVAs supporting victims of serious sexual assault and rape during the report to court process.

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

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

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.

Deadline for receipt of applications: 20th November 2020

Expected date for interviews : 4th December 2020

If you do not hear from us by 5th December, 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

For completion of our Equality and Diversity monitoring form (optional) please click here

To view the Male Independent Sexual Violence Adviser 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 .

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

Recovery Pathway Triage Administrator

Salary: £ 18,000 per annum

Hours: 37.5 hours per week (Monday – Friday)

Holiday: 5 weeks annual holiday entitlement per annum (plus bank holidays)

Base: Truro

Contract: Fixed term 12 months

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Triage Administrator to join our Recovery Pathway in Cornwall.

The post holder will be part of a small team, who provide a menu of options to service users who are accessing the Recovery Pathway.  The post holder will effectively complete risk assessments, address immediate safety and provide information and advice to men, women and children effected by domestic abuse and sexual violence.  They will hold an essential role within the integrated service, liaising with service users, staff, counsellors and partner agencies.

The post holder will respect and value the diversity of the community in which the service works, providing a service that recognises the diverse needs of clients and ensuring the service is accessible to all. They will work as part of a wider team which aims to deliver a high-quality frontline service, keeping the safety of families effected by domestic abuse and sexual violence central to all processes.

This role will start as soon as possible following the recruitment process. We are looking for people who are highly motivated, flexible and able to work unsupervised on a day to day basis.

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

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.

Deadline for receipt of applications: 23rd November 2020

Expected date for interviews : 30th November 2020

If you do not hear from us by 27th November, 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

For completion of our Equality and Diversity monitoring form (optional) please click here

To view the Recovery Pathway Triage Administrator role profile please click here

Therapeutic Team Leader

Salary: £ 28,000 per annum

Hours: 37.5 hours per week (Monday – Friday)

Holiday: 5 weeks annual holiday entitlement per annum (plus bank holidays)

Base: Main office is based in Plymouth, with a requirement to travel to other sites, as required. Currently home working due to COVID restrictions with current delivery via telephone, Zoom or Skype. We will be moving back to face to face working as soon as we possibly can.

Contract: Permanent

We are looking for a Team Leader for our counselling service, who has been trained in one of the humanistic models and has experience of working with trauma. You will be very active in office life, supporting the Team Manager to lead, develop and line manage the therapeutic team to provide a high-quality frontline service to victims of sexual violence and abuse.  You will be required to hold a small case load, complete assessments, and lead our student placement program. You will also be required to support the Team Manager in some day to day team management tasks, which include achieving team KPI’s, doing some quality assurance of notes, providing short reports, ensuring client feedback is collected etc.   A good working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel is required.

You will be coming into contact daily with clients, partner agencies, members of the wider community, other professionals, wider staff members and stakeholders. Therefore, excellent communication skills are also essential.

You will be experienced in child protection and adult safeguarding protocols and must always work to our safeguarding policies. This is very much a hands-on role, where a “can do” attitude is needed.

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

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, or to speak to Karen Barnitt to discuss this role in more detail.

CVs will not be accepted.

Deadline for receipt of applications: 6th December 2020

Expected date for interviews : 14th December 2020

If you do not hear from us by 11th December, 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

For completion of our Equality and Diversity monitoring form (optional) please click here

To view the Therapeutic Team Leader 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