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

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

Crisis Advocate

Salary:  £22,200

Working hours: 37.5 hours per week (Monday – Friday) although job share applications will also be considered

Holiday: 25 days annual holiday entitlement per annum (plus bank holidays)

Contract: Fixed Term until 31st March 2022

Base: Swindon

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Swindon and Wiltshire Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) as a Crisis Advocate. Working as a member of a small, dedicated team, you will provide vital support services to victims of rape and sexual assault.

As a Crisis Advocate, you will provide emotional and practical support to survivors, and become a key contact for help and advice following early disclosure of sexual assault. After survivors attend the SARC for a forensic examination, the Crisis Advocate will help them navigate through follow up services, providing essential emotional support, before clients are supported by Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) and therapy services (training is all provided).

There is a requirement to adhere to the Sterility Policy whilst in the SARC and you will be required to have training on forensic standards too. You will be exposed to highly sensitive information and your engagement should be within the context of a non-judgmental, supportive and confidential service.

The successful candidate will need to be highly motivated, flexible and able to work unsupervised on a day to day basis. They will have a passion for supporting survivors of sexual assault, and be driven by helping others in need, thinking outside the box to ensure each person is supported in a bespoke and tailored way. A full clean driving license, use of a reliable car and business insurance are essential, as is the ability to reach the SARC from your home address. A Disclosure Barring Check (DBS) and police vetting are required.

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:   Thursday 18th February 2021

Expected date for interviews: 25th and 26th February 2021

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 Crisis Advocate role profile please click here

Case Coordinator

Salary: £19,500 per annum

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

Working hours:  Monday-Friday, 09:00-17:00

Base: Cornwall – current home working in place re COVID

Contract: Fixed term for 12 months

First Light, together with Barnardo’s are commissioned to deliver Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Community services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.  First Light are now recruiting for a full time 12 month fixed term Case Coordinator who will work across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.  This role will start in February 2021 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.

Case Coordinators will primarily support victims through the referral pathway from crisis to recovery, ensuring victims are supported, listened to and believed.  They will support safety planning and monitor risk, raising any safeguarding concerns.  Case Coordinator’s will broker recovery support packages and provide continuity of support to the victim.  They will regularly review the victims risk and needs in order to keep them and their families safe. The Case Coordinators will also facilitate outreach and drops in services in the community based in locations across Cornwall and the IOS, however this is currently restricted due to COVID restrictions.

The post holder will effectively complete risk assessments, address safety through safety plans, provide information, advice and onward referrals to ensure victims are supported to access services to which they are entitled.  The post holder will work closely with the High Risk Independent Domestic Violence Advisors and Helpline Team within First Light.

In return for your commitment, knowledge, experience, we offer a full time 12 month fixed term appointment:

For an informal discussion, please contact Sam Campbell – 07585 157 176.

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 January 2021

Interviews are likely to take place on:  4th February 2021

If you do not hear from us by 3rd February 2021, please assume you have been unsuccessful. 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 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 Case Coordinator role profile please click here

Helpline Response Team Advisor

Salary: £17,550 per annum

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

Holiday: 25 days 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.  We are now recruiting for a Helpline Response Team Advisor who will work for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and 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.

The post holder 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.  The post holder will work closely with case coordinators and the High Risk IDVAs within First Light.

For an informal discussion, please contact Sam Campbell on 07585 157 176.

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:  9:00am Wednesday 13th January 2021

Interviews are likely to take place on:  Thursday 21st January 2021

If you do not hear from us by 20th  January 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

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

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