LGBT+ Independent Housing Advocate

Location: Hybrid, London EC3V
Closing Date: 31st Mar 2023
Hate Crime Triage Officer and Independent Victim Advocate

Employment Type: Employed

Do you want to make life better for LGBT+ victims and survivors of abuse?

Galop, the UK’s LGBT+ anti-abuse charity, is seeking an Independent Housing Advocate to support people facing housing need as a result of abuse and violence. This role will focus on supporting clients in London, including face to face support.

Galop works directly with thousands of LGBT+ people who have experienced abuse and violence every year. We specialise in supporting victims and survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, hate crime, and other forms of abuse including honour-based abuse, forced marriage, and so-called conversion therapies. We are a service run by LGBT+ people, for LGBT+ people, and the needs of our community are at the centre of what we do.

We run national support helplines for LGBT+ victims and survivors of sexual violence, domestic abuse, hate crime and survivors of so-called “conversion therapy”. We provide advocacy services, both in London and nationally, for LGBT+ victims who need longer-term support. We are person-centred, empowerment-based, and trauma-informed – meaning our focus is always on helping our clients decide what is best for them, and then supporting them through their journey.

We use what we learn through working on the frontlines with clients to work on national and local policy change, to improve outcomes for LGBT+ victims and survivors of abuse and violence. We build evidence through key pieces of research. We push for legislative change, improved statutory guidance for victims, and better understanding of the needs of LGBT+ people around the country.

You will work directly with LGBT+ survivors of abuse and violence in housing need, offering them a space to talk, offering advice on housing options, helping them plan and advocating for them with housing providers. Your work will focus on needs specifically related experiences of abuse or violence, including providing assistance to flee to safe housing and providing support to enable survivors to cope and recover.

You will have a strong understanding of housing and be empathetic in your approach to understanding your clients’ needs, while remaining boundaried and mindful of self-care. You will have expertise in delivering needs-led specialist support services. You will need to be solutions-focused and enjoy working collaboratively across a diverse and committed team. You’ll need to have good resilience and self-care, and be prepared to work in an environment where abuse and violence are regularly talked about. You’ll need to understand the impact of trauma and how that affects our team.

At Galop, we believe that life should be safe, just and fair for all LGBT+ people, and that includes our staff in the workplace. We believe in equity and understand the importance of inclusion for staff with a wide range of lived experience. No matter your age, race, faith, orientation, gender identity, disability, or class, we want you to feel welcome here. To that end, Galop has a multi-year Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion plan in place, currently focusing on equity and inclusion for trans and BAMER members of staff. We are committed to listening and learning, and to constant improvement. We believe it is our job to make sure that all our staff, particularly those from minoritised backgrounds, feel welcome, safe, and able to thrive at Galop.

Galop’s offices are located in London. Hybrid working is available.

Full Time (35 hours per week).

12 months (extension possible subject to continued funding).

Reports to
Advocacy & Support Manager/Senior Advocate.

This role is grade F on Galop’s pay bands (£25,667.18 to £30,048.97) per year, plus an additional £3,892.37 per year for London weighting paid to staff who work in our London Office.

Closing Date
Applications should be submitted by 10am on Friday 31st March 2023.
Interviews will be held on Friday 14th April 2023.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the role further prior to application, please contact our Head of Advocacy on [email protected]

Please send completed applications and equal opportunities form by email only to [email protected]

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Please send completed applications and equal opportunities form by email only to [email protected]

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