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We're recruiting for three new roles at Stonewall Housing

DOMESTIC ABUSE CASE WORKER – FULL TIME (35 hpw)

Salary £27,613 (Incl. ILW) (Fixed Term Contract 1 yr)

We are currently looking for an experienced Domestic Abuse Case Worker to provide pro-active service and advice to LGBT+ survivors of domestic violence and keep them and their children safe.

Ideally you will have experience of working providing advocacy to homeless people, and with people who are or have been the victim of domestic abuse. You will also have experience of supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and those who identify as another sexual/gender minority (LGBT+) who have faced LGBT discrimination, violence or hate crime.

Download the application pack, application form, equal opportunities form and organisational structure diagram.


QUALITY AND SERVICE IMPROVEMENT COORDINATOR– PART-TIME (17.5 hpw)

Salary £14, 695 (pro rata) (Incl. ILW) (FTE £29,390)

We are currently looking for a quality and service improvement coordinator to maintain and improve the quality of our LGBT+ services through the tracking of cases and mapping the user journey.

This is a unique role to work alongside the Director of Services to map and improve our LGBT+ service user’s experiences both internal and externally.  The worker will be responsible for reviewing the advice and support services so that the organisation can ensure the highest possible standards are being achieved.

This role has no main direct caseload responsibilities, but aims to assist the improvement of our services and their integration with other voluntary and statutory provision, through evidenced based practice review meetings, and data capture and analysis.

Download the application pack, application formequal opportunities form and organisational structure diagram. 

(this post is funded through London Councils). 

 

LGBT+ DOMESTIC ABUSE PEER SUPPORT WORKER – PART TIME (17.5 hpw)

Salary £11,435 (Incl. ILW) (Fixed Term Contract 1yr) (FTE £22,870)

We are currently looking to recruit a part-time LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Peer Support Worker. You will be working to aid recovery through group work, peer support and other activities for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans, who are survivors of domestic abuse, working as part of a team, and providing support to people at all stages of their journey through Stonewall Housing services.

Download the application pack, application formequal opportunities form and organisational structure diagram.


Deadline for all posts: 18th May 2017 (midnight) 

(Shortlisting 19th May 2017)

Interviews:

Domestic Abuse Advocate – 22nd May 2017

Peer Support Worker –22nd and 23rd May 2017

Quality and Service Improvement Coordinator – 23rd May 2017


Submit applications to info@stonewallhousing.org


 


Posted on 4 May 2017 by Bob Green

Category services LGBT domestic violence advice

Stonewall Housing CEO Bob Green awarded OBE

Congratulations to our CEO, Bob Green, who visited Buckingham Palace earlier this month to collect his OBE from Prince William.

Well done to Bob for all his hard work over the years working tirelessly towards the goal of safe housing for all LGBT people.  You can read more about his special day here.

Posted on 25 April 2017 by Hamish McDonald

Announcing a new partnership between Stonewall Housing and L&Q

L&Q and Stonewall Housing are delighted to announce a new strategic partnership which will put Stonewall Housing on a firmer financial footing and will ensure improved services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.rn

An investment of £180,000 over three years from the L&Q Foundation will help preserve the future of Stonewall Housing, and strengthen its business development, enabling the organisation to carry out its new forward growth strategy. Stonewall Housing and L&Q will also work together to increase awareness of LGBT housing issues and scope further potential partnership opportunities.


David Montague, L&Q Group Chief Executive, says, “Inclusion is one of our key values and we believe that the specialist services Stonewall Housing provides to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are vital. We are delighted to be able to back continued provision for this group, who have historically faced discrimination and difficulty in getting their housing and support needs met.”

Stonewall Housing has experienced an increasing demand for its services at a time when resources are reducing. During the past financial year, Stonewall Housing embarked on a full-scale remodelling of its advice and support services following a significant cut in its local authority contracts.
This cut meant the organisation had less capacity to develop its services at a time when more people were approaching them with more complex needs and in more financial hardship. In 2016, following the closure of two key delivery partners (Pace and Broken Rainbow), with the support of London Housing Foundation, Stonewall Housing approached a number of agencies to consider how best to secure the organisation’s future. The L&Q Foundation’s three-year investment means that Stonewall Housing’s future now looks much brighter.
Bob Green, Stonewall Housing CEO, says, “We are very grateful that L&Q have recognised that our independent, community-based, specialist services should continue. With their investment we can strengthen our advice and support services and we will have the capacity to deliver innovative solutions such as housing for older LGBT people as well as more emergency and supported accommodation.
“It is unfortunate that in 2017 LGBT people still experience harassment and abuse in and around where they live and we look forward to working with L&Q over the next three years to serve the LGBT communities. We hope that others will follow suit to enter into similar partnership arrangements so that more LGBT people have access to safe housing across the country.”

Posted on 1 March 2017 by Hamish McDonald

Category services

Community Outreach Blog

Welcome to our new Community Blog! Ash is our Community Outreach Volunteer and will be organising events and workshops for Stonewall Housing service users. If you are a Stonewall Housing service user, and would like to be on the mailing list for updates about workshops, have any questions, suggestions, or would just like to say hi you can email him at volunteer@stonewallhousing.org

Camley Street Natural Park

 

We have had two visits to Camley Street Natural Park (http://www.wildlondon.org.uk/reserves/camley-street-natural-park), which is run by the Wildlife Trust. During the visits clients explored the woodland, meadow and pond habitats, and identified plants and wildlife. During our last visit we also did some artwork and one drawing was randomly selected for a prize.

 

Accumul8 Photography Course

 

Ever wanted to study Photography? We have a unique opportunity for Stonewall Housing service users to learn from the tutors and students at Ravensbourne College during a 15 week course run by Accumul8. The sessions will take place once a week for two hours in various places across London and will end in an exhibition where you will be able to showcase and sell your work. Everything will be provided for you, and you don’t need to have any experience. Just bring your creativity and we will sort out the rest! If you are interested in attending this please get in touch with us to let us know!

 

Nerdy Pub Quiz Fundraiser

 

On the 18th October Stonewall Housing hosted a Nerdy Quiz to raise funds to send some of our clients on the Accumul8 photography course. The event was organised by Lola Phoenix, who describes themselves as “an agender aspie living London, hailing from the US South. When Lola's not busy working, Lola enjoys writing original fiction (writing projects found @AlastorPhoenix), writing fanfiction, watching the same films and TV shows again and again."

 

The Nerdy Quiz was a great success, raising over £300! It was sponsored by Addison Lee, and prizes were generously donated by a number of organisations including Attraction Tix, Prince Charles Cinema, Lush, Bar Wotever, Open Barbers, Penguin Books, Agent November, Qwertee, Starbucks, Raygun Comics, and Abel & Cole.

 

Pride Volunteers Group

 

I know it’s January, but we are already thinking about Pride 2017! We would like to hear from clients about how they would like Stonewall Housing to be represented during Pride, and we’ll be setting up a Volunteers Group soon. The group will meet once a month at one of the Stonewall Housing projects. If you would like to be involved we would love to hear from you! Just email volunteer@stonewallhousing.org

Posted on 16 January 2017 by

Category youth LGBT housing

Reaching Out

We've been working in partnership with Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD) to develop the 'Reaching Out' project. The aim of the project is to provide education and awareness around hate crime and domestic abuse within London's Deaf Community. The project is open to all Deaf people living in the London boroughs, but we will be sharing our knowledge of working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people including young LGBT+ people. Watch this short film about the project:

 

You can find our more about the project here: http://www.royaldeaf.org.uk/news/reaching-out-project/

Posted on 7 November 2016 by Hamish McDonald

Category LGBT domestic violence advice

World Habitat Awards

Stonewall Housing is thrilled to announce that we are one of 12 finalists in the annual World Habitat Awards

One hundred inspiring projects around the world were selected to be considered for this years awards, with twelve being shortlisted.  

Spanning projects across the world from Sri Lanka to Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Benin and Senegal to Mexico, all projects showcase a variety of housing solutions, including post-disaster, community led approaches, homes for marginalised or vulnerable groups, and developing local skills for income generation.  

Stonewall Housing provide the UK's only housing advice, advocacy and accomodation specifically for LGBT+ people often marginalised by mainstream services. We also offer a wide variety of services to support LGBT+ people facing housing issues, developing awareness and procedures that deliver equal access to services.

Find our more about the awards here.

Posted on 1 November 2016 by Hamish McDonald

Nerdy Pub Quiz

To celebrate Stonewall Housings 33 Birthday, we are having a fundraising pub quiz!

We're having a fundraiser “Nerdy Pub Quiz” to raise funds for some of the LGBTQ+ young people in our supported housing to attend next year’s Accumul8 photography project.  

So what is so Nerdy about this Nerdy Pub Quiz?? What we mean is that you need to really know about, love and be obsessed by all things futuristic and sci-fi on film and telly, and that is related to Star Trek, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Tolkein or Doctor Who.

The Stonewall Housing Nerdy Quiz Fundraiser is on 18th October, and is at Doggets Coat and Badge, the lovely pub just by Blackfriars Bridge. You can enter individually or in a team of 5 people and you can book your place here

Not a big sci-fi fan? Don't worry!  Come and join us for a great night out with lots of great prizes, such as:

For second place, there are the following prizes for the team:

There will also be a raffle which will include:

Posted on 11 October 2016 by

Category youth LGBT housing supported housing

Stonewall Housing Customer Charter

What you can expect from us:

 

1. We will listen to you  

 

  • We will respond to your initial enquiry within 2 working days
  • We will make time to listen to you
  • We will be polite, empathetic and try our best to understand your needs
  • We will arrange an interpreter for you if required
  • If you tell us we have made a mistake we will try our best to fix it and admit when we have got it wrong

 

2. We will respect you

 

  • We will not judge you
  • We will respect how you identify and use terms and pronouns that you feel comfortable with
  • We will respect your confidentiality and won’t share your personal information without your consent

 

3. We will be here for you

 

  • If we need to meet with you to discuss your case we will do this as soon as possible
  • We will make sure you aware of how to access our services
  • We will be here for you and on your side

 

4. We will advise you

 

  • We will give you with sound legal advice you can trust
  • The advice we give you will be specific to you
  • We will be realistic with you about your housing options
  • We will try our best to offer advice in a way you understand

 

5. We will support you

 

  • If we advocate for you we will make sure you are in control
  • We will help you get the support you want in your life

 

6. What we expect from you

 

  • We expect you to treat our staff with respect
  • We expect you to keep us updated on any significant changes in your case
  • We expect you to be open and honest with us about your situation

 

Posted on 21 June 2016 by Hamish McDonald

Category services advice

Join Our Team

We are currently looking for an experienced project worker to provide support and resettlement to young LGBT+ people.

Ideally you will have experience within a supported housing setting, providing structured support for a vulnerable client group; and an interest in youth and community work. An understanding of the issues affecting young LGBT+ people is essential.  The post will run for 3 months with the possibility of a further 3 month extension and requires an immediate start. 

(TEMP) LGBT PROJECT WORKER– FULL TIME (35 hpw) (ref PW/09/16)

Salary £22,677-£25,184 (including ILW) (20 – 24)

 PLEASE NOTE THIS POST IS OPEN TO JOB SHARE APPLICANTS

Closing date: 12pm Monday  17th October 2016

Interviews: 24th October

If you would like an informal discussion about any of these posts please call 020 7359 6242 quoting the appropriate reference code.

Stonewall Housing provides 30 days annual leave, flexible working hours and operates a work-life balance policy for staff, and an employee assistance programme.Stonewall Housing is committed to Equal Opportunities in all areas of our work.

Download an application pack here:

application pack-copy-1.pdf

SHO Application Form Oct 16 v-copy-1.2.doc

Equal opportunities monitoring form v2-copy-1.doc



 

Posted on 20 June 2016 by Hamish McDonald

Category youth LGBT housing supported housing

Building Safe Choices

'Building Safe Choices: older LGBT housing futures' is a feasibility study conducted by Stonewall Housing into the current provision of housing and related care and support for older LGBT people.

As Bob Green, CEO of Stonewall Housing says "Our ambition is that older lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people, whatever their history and background, can make informed choices about their housing, care and support from a range of safe and appropriate options."

"Home is a particularly important space for older LGBT people: it is where they feel safe," said Julia Shelley, the report's author. "Despite some providers setting out good intentions and improving their practice, older LGBT people are still uncertain about what they can expect in the future. Many fear the worst.

"One of the key findings of the report is the importance of choice for older LGBT people: there is no one-size-fits-all answer. It sets out four future housing options, along with a number of recommendations:

·         New housing schemes: to support and encourage the development of specialist older LGBT housing schemes, as well as LGBT affirmative housing schemes across all tenures

·         People living together: to provide advice and support to individuals who want to work together to create their own housing solutions, like co-housing;

·         Naturally occurring retirement communities (NORCs): for housing providers to identify and support the growth of NORCs, which have the potential for building older LGBT communities without the need for additional new investment;

·         People staying in their homes: to encourage housing and care providers to develop good practice and greater understanding of the needs of older LGBT people.

Download the report: http://bit.ly/1Q17YGf

Visit the website: http://www.buildingsafechoices.org.uk/ 

Visitors can add their thoughts about the four housing options, share experiences and ideas, and continue the debate about the future of older LGBT housing.

The feasibility study was funded by The Big Lottery and Commonweal Housing. 

The report was written by Julia Shelley, who has over 25 years experience in Third Sector organisations working with older people, carers and the LGBT community in the areas of community, social care and housing.

Posted on 20 June 2016 by Hamish McDonald

Category research older LGBT housing

Jigsaw caseworker for LGBT Young People (Under 25)

Galop and Stonewall Housing are currently recruiting to two exciting roles as part of the LGBT Jigsaw project, funded by London Councils.rnrnrn

About LGBT Jigsaw

LGBT Jigsaw is a partnership between Stonewall Housing, Galop and The Albert Kennedy Trust. We all have specialisms in working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) young people. We also work with young people who are questioning their sexuality and/or gender identity. The organisations that are part of LGBT Jigsaw have made a commitment to work together to achieve better outcomes for young people.

About the London Youth Gateway

LGBT Jigsaw is proud to be part of the London Youth Gateway. Funded by London Councils, the London Youth Gateway is a partnership between New Horizon Youth Centre, Alone in London, Depaul UK and Stonewall Housing(the LGBT Jigsaw lead agency) each established providers of services to young homeless people. For more information please visit London Youth Gateway.


 

Part time LGBT Jigsaw Advice Worker Stonewall Housing (ref SHJ01)

£13,551.50 including Inner London Weighting per annum
17.5 hours per week 
Scale 27 (contract until 31st March 2017)

Stonewall Housing’s services include supported accommodation, housing advice services and specialist projects that focus on youth, older people, rough sleepers and domestic violence and abuse. We also provide training, carry out research and advise at a strategic level on the housing issues affecting our communities. At the heart of our work is the aim to help people find a safe and secure home.

All positions at Stonewall Housing are filled by people who are committed to challenging direct and indirect discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people from all sections of our communities.

Stonewall Housing’s Advice Worker will provide high quality, comprehensive housing advice and undertake casework which meets Advice Quality Standards, carrying a personal caseload of clients. The Advice Worker will work closely with other partners to ensure clients access all the services they need. The Advice Worker will prepare, deliver and evaluate group support sessions on a range of issues for young LGBT people.

 


 

Part Time LGBT Jigsaw Young Person’s Caseworker- Galop (Ref. Gal007): 

£10,841.20 including Inner London Weighting per annum
14 hours per week 
Scale 27 (contract until 31st March 2017)

Galop is London’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community safety charity. We give advice and support to LGBT people affected by homophobic and transphobic hate crime, sexual violence and domestic abuse and are a driving force in changing the way the police work with our communities.

As a partner in the LGBT Jigsaw Partnership, Galop is recruiting to the post of Young Person’s Caseworker. The Caseworker will provide emotional and practical support to, and advocacy on behalf of, young LGBT people affected by violence and abuse, or at risk of abuse. The Caseworker carries out initial assessments and refers on to both internal and other external partners, in addition to holding their own case load. The Caseworker will also carry out quarterly workshops with young LGBT people designed to raise awareness of safety, consent and rights.  The successful candidate will have experience of providing advice, advocacy and support in welfare, LGBT rights and/or domestic abuse.

The Advice worker will provide emotional and practical support to, and advocacy on behalf of, young LGBT people affected by violence and abuse, or at risk of abuse. The Caseworker carries out initial assessments and refers on to both internal and other external partners, in addition to holding their own case load. The Caseworker will also carry out quarterly workshops with young LGBT people designed to raise awareness of safety, consent and rights.


 

How to Apply:

Please apply with a CV and a covering letter of no more than 2 sides of A4 that demonstrates your skills and abilities for the posts as identified in the relevant Person Specification.
Please indicate in your covering letter if you wish to be considered for both positions.

For the Galop post, download the Job Description & Person Specification here.
Please mark the application –Ref. Gal007. You can submit your application by email to recruitment@galop.org.uk or post to: Galop, 2G Leroy House, 436 Essex Road, London, N1 3QP

 

For the Stonewall Housing post please download the Job Descriptions and Person Specifications here. Please mark the application – Ref. SHJ01.   info@stonewallhousing.org or post to: Stonewall Housing, 2a Leroy House, 436 Essex Road, London, N1 3QP

Closing date: 9 am Monday 16th May 2016
Interviews: Week commencing 23rd May 2016

If you would like an informal discussion about these post please call:
Galop: Peter Kelley on 0207 704 6767
Stonewall Housing: Michael Nastari on 020 7359 6242.

 


Posted on 30 April 2016 by

Category youth LGBT housing services advice

LGBT Forced Marriages:

Stonewall Housing has been funded by the Forced Marriage Unit to produce a new on-line resource that gives advice to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* (LGBT) people who are at risk of forced marriage. Stonewall Housing aims to improve the lives of LGBT people by providing housing advice, advocacy, safe accommodation and support. The new project will meet the growing need of young LGBT people who are threatened with forced marriage or honour based violence.

Maria Sookias – Coordinator for LGBT Domestic Abuse Forum said: “We want to highlighting the experience of LGBT people including migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and those with no recourse to public funds at risk of forced marriage by placing their experience in a global context of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and help dispel myths that those new to the UK are responsible for the housing crisis.”

Stonewall Housing has created an online resource written in six languages: Arabic, English, French, Hindi, Kurdish, Punjabi, and Urdu. These focus on how to find accommodation, and advice on staying safe. The resource will also provide a practical step that breaks down a barrier to accessing services in two different ways; by providing information to those who may not have links to LGBT support groups, or survivor groups; and provide information to those who are in need of legal housing advice, and who are unable to approach mainstream services due to fear of outing themselves and increasing risk.

You can download the leaflet Forced Marriage. 

Download individual leaflets here:

Arabic

English

French

Hindi

Kurdish

Punjabi

Urdu

For further information please contact:

Stonewall Housing Office: info@stonewallhousing.org or 0207 359 6242

Posted on 21 April 2016 by

Category LGBT domestic violence advice

Bona Latties Website

Do you know that our National Older Housing Network, Bona Latties, now has it's own website?

We believe that the needs of older LGBT people and communities are often overlooked in housing and care planning.

Our older LGBT Housing Group Provides a national platform for shared dialogue about housing issues faced by older LGBT people.

You can check out what the group is up to, and any up and coming events here.

Posted on 21 April 2016 by

Category older LGBT housing

It's Complicated

LGBT* DAF is pleased to invite you to take part in Its Complicated, a unique conference that will focus on the inter-sectional needs and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* survivors of domestic abuse.

LGBT* DAF is pleased to invite you to take part in It’s Complicated, a unique conference that will focus on the inter-sectional needs and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* survivors of domestic abuse.

Delegates will gain an understanding of:

The challenges experienced by LGBT survivors with compound cultural identities
The additional risks for LGBT survivors with inter-sectional needs
Good working practice and new referral pathways to specialist services
A great place to meet others working in the sector and promote your organisation.

Speakers and workshops include:
The Forced Marriage Unit, UKLGIG, Broken Rainbow, Galop
Rainbow Hamlets, StaySafe East, Stonewall Housing

Further details will be announced via www.lgbtdaf.org shortly.

Thursday 26th November 2015

Registration: 9.30
Starts: 10.00
Ends: 4.30

VENUE in Central London Location

BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE

LGBT DAF is part of Stonewall Housing. Early Bird ticket prices were made available with the kind support of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and The Oak Foundation

For further access requirements, to organise a signers or to discuss an dietary needs please email maria@stonewallhousing.org at least two weeks before the event.

Posted on 14 October 2015 by

Category LGBT domestic violence

Update: Survey Results

Thank you to people who took part in our recent survey. The results will help evidence need and support for our advice service. The results are now available:

Summary of key findings: 

  • 84 LGBT+ Londoners took part in the survey 
  • 95% believe London’s Housing crisis is getting worse
  • 98% believe there is a need for LGBT+ specific advice, advocacy, and support services.
  • 95% believe the grants program should continue.
  • 95% believe discontinuation would negatively impact the LGBT+ communities of London.

There were also some great suggestions on what services people would like to see developed. Read the full report here. 

Posted on 1 October 2015 by

Category research older LGBT housing advice

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