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Recruiting for a Befriending Co-ordinator and Lead Women’s Befriending Worker

Thank you for your interest in the Befriending Co-ordinator and Lead Women’s Befriending Worker role with Restore.  This is a full-time post, 35 hours a week.  Restore is a project of Birmingham Churches Together.

Please look at the rest of our website to discover more about Restore’s vision, ethos and work, including the ‘About us’ section which includes a link to the Annual Report 2019.  Elsewhere on the site are a couple of videos and more information relating to befriending.

NB This post is restricted to women applicants only and is exempt under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

We are looking for someone to join our small busy staff team committed to working towards Restore’s vision of a society into which all refugees and asylum seekers are welcomed, valued and integrated. We are recruiting for someone with the passion and excellent organisational, training and pastoral skills needed to lead Restore’s befriending scheme and lead the women’s befriending work. The new post-holder would provide training to new volunteers, co-ordinate the application process, lead the one-to-one befriending work and support female refugees and asylum seekers.  This is a big role requiring commitment to Restore, collaborative team work, the ability to juggle many tasks and excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural skills.

We have a volunteer befriending team of over 110 people and over 20 more currently going through the application process. There are usually 3.4 members of staff. Our Admin Assistant retired after 10-years’ service at the end of December and our Befriending Co-ordinator left for a role in another organisation in early January.  So, the successful candidate would be joining Restore at a point of change for the organisation. (Our Manager and Befriending Men’s Worker are not planning to move!)   Later this year we plan to appoint a part-time Befriending Women’s Worker to assist with the women’s work.

The office base is in Balsall Heath but all staff have been working from home since March 2020 and we have adapted our befriending service from face-to-face befriending to remote befriending using video calls.  We can access our electronic files remotely from the server in the office.  We are aware that we need to improve some of our systems and technology.  Our electronic database is currently being upgraded and we keep a lot of information in paper files in the office.

As you would be working in a very small staff team, personal qualities are very important to us, as is a desire to work for Restore.  Restore is a faith-based organisation responding to the call of Jesus to welcome the stranger and all staff are encouraged to participate in optional team prayers on Monday mornings.  The team works together on a range of one-off events including Restore family activities, the Restore Annual Celebration and input on refugee issues for an annual Birmingham prayer event.

To access the Job Description (JD) and Person Specification (PS) please click here: Befriending Co-ordinator and Lead Women’s Befriending Worker – Job Description & Person Specification – 2021

Salary: Based on NJC spinal point 23 to 25: (£27,741 – £29,577 from 1 April 2020)

For the application form please click here: Application form – Restore Befriending Co-ordinator and Lead Women’s Befriending Worker role  The closing date for applications is: 12 noon on Friday 5 February 2021 and should be sent to Jeremy Thompson, Restore Manager at

Interviews:  The interviews will be held on Friday 26 February 2021 via Zoom.  It is likely that interviews will be via Zoom and include a presentation and role play. Interviewers are also likely to meet some candidates face-to-face before a final decision is made.

If having read the JD and PS and the website you have any questions, please contact Jeremy Thompson, Restore Manager on  Please use the following subject:  ENQUIRY about BEFRIENDING CO-ORDINATOR from YOUR NAME


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