Gaia Centre: Community Engagement Coordinator

Refuge is the largest specialist provider of domestic violence services in the country. It opened the world’s very first refuge in London in 1971 and celebrated its 40th birthday in 2011. On any given day Refuge supports over 1,600 women and children. It also runs the Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline in partnership with Women’s Aid.
We are proud that we work in partnership with Lambeth Council as together we manage the Violence Against Women and Girls Gaia Centre, which offers a range of innovative support services for victims of gender-based violence.

To support the delivery of this important project we are looking for a highly motivated and committed individual to join Refuge and the Gaia Centre team, and have the following vacancy:

Community Engagement Coordinator REF: 145 CECLA

  • 37.5 hours per week
  • £33,000 per annum, plus benefits
  • Gaia Centre, Lambeth, SW London

This is an exciting role involving working as part of a broad, innovative team, providing a range of services to address and meet the diverse needs of survivors of all forms of gender-based violence (including domestic violence, sexual, financial and emotional abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, trafficking, stalking, prostitution and ‘honour’-based violence) within Lambeth.

You will develop and manage a high-quality peer support scheme that meets the needs of survivors of abuse and be delivered by a team of volunteer peer mentors. You will work closely with other agencies in Lambeth to build and maintain effective partnerships between the Gaia Centre and a wide range of statutory, voluntary and private sector organisations to improve the coordinated community response to gender-based violence.

You will have demonstrable experience of providing emotional and practical support within the violence against women and girls sector, experience of managing staff, and a clear commitment to securing positive life outcomes for clients and to making the Gaia Centre a success.

You will be self-sufficient, assertive and possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills combined with empathy and sensitivity to build and develop supportive relationships with survivors of abuse and their children whilst maintaining professional boundaries.

The postholder, will be required to be available to deal with out of hours emergencies.
Benefits include 28 days holiday, a non-contributory pension scheme, employee assistance programme, death in service scheme and childcare voucher scheme.

This post is based in a women’s abuse service and is therefore restricted to women under the Equality Act 2010*

To apply please send your application to

  • Closing date: 8 January 2014 at 10am
  • Interview date: 21 January 2014

Application Form
Community Engagement Coordinator JD

An enhanced DBS disclosure will be required for this role.
*Occupational Requirement (Equality Act 2010) applies

All candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the values of empowerment, support and equality, which underpins all the work undertaken by Refuge.


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