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Job Vacancies

As a growing organisation, we’re often 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

Board of Trustees

Salary: This is a voluntary role

First Light South West is an award winning charity that supports victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence to get through the crisis and, in many cases, recover their lives. With 65+ highly trained and dedicated staff and many volunteers, a turnover of £2.3m per annum and a successful partnership with Barnardo’s and other charities, we worked with over five and a half thousand adults, young people and children across the south West in 2018-19.

And sadly, this is only a fraction of the number of people, mainly women, affected by these crimes, most of whom choose not to report.

We are reviewing our future direction and wish to move into fundraising to increase the depth and breadth of our services, and campaigning to persuade more people to seek our support (whether or not they report it to the Police) and to raise public awareness of the lifelong impacts of these crimes. We all need Safer Futures.

First Light is overseen by a board of voluntary trustees, with regular evening meetings held at our Plymouth office. Our trustees bring a range of skills and expertise from both the public and private sectors to their roles. Because of recent retirements, we are seeking interest from candidates who are passionate about our cause and can bring expertise to our Board and support to our Chief Executive and leadership team.


All our Trustees have:
• A commitment to ending Domestic and Sexual Violence in our communities
• A commitment to the Nolan Principles of public service
• A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a Trustee
• Good independent judgement
• A willingness to speak their mind
• An ability to work effectively as a member of a team

In addition, we are looking for professional knowledge and experience in the following areas
 Care Services Operations
 Finance & Accountancy
 Family Law
 Safeguarding
 Equality & Diversity
 Information Governance

For further information please download the information pack using the links below. For a confidential conversation about these opportunities, please contact our Chair of Trustees, Paul Mullin on 07903938672

To apply : Please complete the application form (see link below), ensuring that you outline your relevant experience and evidence suitability against the role profile. Alternatively, you can ring 03458 121212 to request an application pack.

CVs will not be accepted.

Deadline for receipt of applications: mid-day on Friday 10th January 2020

Expected date for interviews in Plymouth or Truro : week commencing 20th January 2020

For an application form please click here

To view the Trustee role profile please click here

To view the First Light Organisational chart please click here

To view the Chief Executive role profile please click here

To view the Articles of Association please click here

To view the Impact Report 2019 please click here


Salary: £26,000 per annum (pro rata)

Working hours: 22.5 hours per week (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm)

Base: Plymouth

Contract: Permanent

First Light provides counselling to anyone who has been a victim of sexual violence and abuse in Plymouth, no matter when the incident happened. Our therapeutic support includes pre-trial counselling for victims going through the criminal justice system (pre-trial referrals received via the Independent Sexual Violence Advocacy [ISVA] service) and counselling support for men, women and children aged 11+.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a counsellor to be based in the Plymouth office. The allocated working days are fixed due to availability of office and counselling room space. There may be a requirement to work at outreach locations across the city or provide additional support to the wider service when required.

The post holder will be able to provide pre-trial and post-trial counselling to adults. There may be a requirement to see young people age 16+. There will be a requirement to provide mentoring for student placement counsellors.

The post holder will need to be highly motivated, flexible and able to work independently on a day to day basis. The successful applicant will ideally have experience of working with vulnerable adults within a similar setting.

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: Friday 20th December 2019, 12.00 pm

Expected date for interviews : Wednesday 8th January 2020 (Plymouth Office)

If you do not hear from us by Friday 27th 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 Counsellor role profile please click here


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


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