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Recruiting for Befriending Women’s Worker

Thank you for your interest in the part-time Befriending Women’s Worker role with Restore.  This is a part-time post, 21 hours a week to be worked preferably over 3 or possibly over 4 days. This is a fixed term contract for 12 months starting in September 2021 on a date to be agreed. 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 an ‘About us’ section which includes a link to the Annual Report 2019 (The 2020 report will be uploaded in July).  Elsewhere on the site are a couple of videos and more information about 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 organisational and pastoral skills needed to assist with and add capacity to Restore’s women’s befriending work. The new post-holder would assist with the one-to-one befriending project and support female refugees and asylum seekers and female volunteers.  There will also be involvement in organising group social activities for women and occasionally for families.  This role requires commitment to Restore, collaborative team work, the ability to juggle tasks and excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural skills. 

This post will increase the Restore staff team to 5 people – 3 full-time and 2 part-time. Our Admin Assistant joined the team in February 2021 and our Befriending Co-ordinator in April 2021.  So, the successful candidate would be joining Restore at a point of change and consolidation for the organisation. 

The office base is in Balsall Heath. All staff have worked from home since March 2020 with a phased return to the office from June 2021.  We have adapted our befriending service from face-to-face befriending to remote befriending using video calls and have been gradually moving back to more face-to-face work.  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 has recently been upgraded and we still keep a lot of information in paper files in the office.  

As you would be working in a very small 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. We would welcome a new team member to join our weekly staff prayers, although this is optional.  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. Restore is a project of Birmingham Churches Together.

To access the Job Description (JD) and Person Specification (PS) please click here.  

Salary: Based on NJC spinal point 19 pro rata (full time equivalent £25,481 from 1 April 2020) 

For the application form please click here.  The closing date for applications is: 12 noon on Thursday 1 July 2021 and should be sent to Jeremy Thompson, Restore Manager at restore-recruit@restore-uk.org.

Interviews: Interviews will be on Friday 23 July 2021.  It is hoped that the interviews will be face-to-face.  The interviews will include a role play. 

If having read the JD and PS and looking at the website you have any questions, please contact Jeremy Thompson, Restore Manager including your name at the end of the subject.

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