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Vacancy - Access & Inclusion Worker

Women’s Access and Inclusion Worker– 28 hours per week

This position is funded until June 2022 with the possibility of extension.

We are looking to recruit an Access and Inclusion Worker

The ideal candidate will have significant experience in providing support to people using trauma informed support skills and have a sound knowledge of the impact of rape, sexual abuse and exploitation on survivors.

We offer a competitive salary, excellent terms and conditions and the opportunity to gain invaluable skills and experience

Download an Application Pack at the bottom of this post.

WRASAC Wellbeing Event 2021

Each year during the Dundee Women’s Festival, we hold a wellbeing event. This year it will be held Tuesday 9th March 2021, using various different technologies.

This past year has been really difficult for all of us and it's really important that we take the time to look after our wellbeing. So, each year during our Wellbeing Event, we take the time to discover new complementary therapies, new self care techniques and ways to improve our mental health.

This year we are holding our event virtually! We have so many amazing classes and workshops, we know you'll have a great time and leave feeling relaxed!

This free to attend event is open to all women in Dundee and Angus.

 

Individual events can be booked below, paces are limited.

Training Webinars for Professionals over Sexual Violence and Sexual Abuse Awareness Week 2021

By taking part in Sexual Violence and Sexual Abuse Awareness Week 2021 we hope to actively raise awareness of Gender Based Violence by offering free training webinar sessions remotely to a wide range of professionals from the Dundee and Angus area. The week aims to generate discussion among the general public, statutory bodies and third sector organizations about how sexual abuse and sexual violence is not ok. It aims to empower victims and send out a clear message that the UK collectively will be saying ‘It’s Not Ok'

Updates to our services

We have made changes to our service delivery in order to reduce the time individuals have to wait to access support from us. We now offer 8 initial sessions, at the end of which an assessment is made to review the requirement for further support and how this can best be provided. This change means we currently have a very short waiting time to access this initial support.

As a result of the current pandemic, we have made changes to how we deliver support and currently only offer face to face support in exceptional circumstances. The majority of support provided is delivered remotely by phone or video and we do not envisage this changing in the near future. Feedback from those who have received support in this way is positive and engagement levels are high. Here is some of the feedback we have received that highlights the benefits of remote support:

“I’m in my own comfortable space at home and my Support Worker manages to create warmth – it’s almost like she is here with me. It has been easy to talk about intimate things.” (Support over Zoom, no face to face throughout)”

“It’s actually better for me this way. I’m someone who worries about how I look and reading body language. So much more relaxing way to get support.” (Support by telephone, has previously had face to face at WRASAC)”

Referrals to our service can still be made by phoning 01382 201291 or emailing support@wrasac.org.uk , if you require any further information about our service then please get in touch with us.

Activities by Zoom - helping survivors in the online world

Over the lockdown period WRASAC has been working on some new activities, workshops and groups for service-users who are receiving support or are on our waiting list. We can’t organise our usual groups face to face, and learning to do things differently has given us the opportunity to trial and add a few extra therapeutic activities to our repertoire.

Forrest Yoga has been helping our clients with the task of resolving trauma for many years. So, we were so pleased that Heart Space were able to organise exclusive classes for WRASAC by Zoom.

“It was so relaxing, fantastic and the instructor’s voice was calming and clear. Loved it”

“First half was very chilled and relaxing and in the second half I really liked being given options for how to get a deeper stretch if I wanted it, which I did, I could really feel it the next day”

Complementary therapies are a challenge when you are not present with the therapist. However, we have partnered with Lorna at Butterflybees to offer therapies and activities that don't involve ‘hands on’.

"I feel more confident with being able to approach people with communication. I like how you taught me to honour the feelings of anger, guilt and shame first, then once the heavy energy released I managed to reframe my internal language and felt much lighter."

"After an hour of EFT my anxiety levels were 0/10. It surprised how quickly it worked with me as at first I didn’t know if much would happen as it was so new to me."

We are also pleased that we have been able to help survivors meet with each other in our online Peer Support Group. The group runs in the evening to help those with work or caring commitments to attend. The group is facilitated by a worker, who can also help the technophobes amongst us get the hang of the 'techy' stuff. We want to break down technology barriers while we can't meet in person. And, post-Covid 19, we’ll be able to keep online support going where there is a demand. WRASAC covers a large geographical area and getting to a laptop or smartphone at home might be the way to get survivors together with support workers, therapists or other survivors.

“The Peer Support Group have been working to create a space where group members can take part in activities, socialise and support each other through the current restrictions. As the group facilitator it has been wonderful to watch the women support each other, and grow closer as a group. The group has talked through difficulties, laughed together, and explored ways they are coping.”

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