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Community Connector Volunteer
IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Services)
Description of the role:

This role is an exciting opportunity to help IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Service) connect and involve existing and new Champions in communicating and representing IDAS
vision and values, ensuring that IDAS has a high-profile among local people, organisations, and businesses, supporting the delivery of local area business plans.
This is an ideal volunteer role for someone who is passionate about ending violence against women and girls and would like to develop demonstrable leadership skills and further their career in the voluntary/charity sector.

Community Connectors will work with Local Area Managers and their teams to agree priorities for engaging with the local community, involving Champions in this important work.

Skills and qualities needed for the role:

The ideal candidate will be passionate about ending violence against women and girls, will have at least 3 hours a week to dedicate to the role within working hours, excellent communication skills and the ability to enthuse and inspire people. Their work will include:
• Meet regularly with the Local Area Manager to agree priorities.
• Seek out opportunities for raising awareness of IDAS services in the community.
• Organise regular events both on and off-line to provide updates and networking opportunities between Champions, volunteers, and Local Area Teams.
• Welcome new Champions into their locality group.
• Coordinate and agree local IDAS Champions activity with the Local Area Manager to raise awareness and improve IDAS profile.
• Support Local Area Teams with engagement activities and events.
• Support the Local Area Teams with recognising key dates in the IDAS calendar, such as International Women’s Day (8th March) and UN Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women & Girls to name a few.
• Motivate and enthuse IDAS Champions.

Practical information:

Time commitment: 3+ hours per week during standard working hours (Monday – Friday 9 am -5 pm)
Minimum commitment: One year

All training will be given and full support within our team both in the locality and the wider organisation.
Apply online at: and state your interest in this role.


Additional Information
DBS check needed: Yes
Driving licence needed: No
Car owner: No
Open to: Over 18s
Is this role wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Craven or Harrogate offices
North Yorkshire
Last updated: 07.03.2023
Organisation Information

IDAS is the largest specialist charity in Yorkshire supporting people affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence and have over 200 staff, volunteers, champions, ambassadors, and trustees. Last year we managed over 17,000 referrals, 25,000 helpline calls, supported more than 10,000 people in the community, provide accommodation for 250 families, and trained over 8,000 professionals.

What is domestic abuse:
Around 1/3 women and 1/9 men have experienced domestic abuse and the most at risk are young women, people with a disability and the LGBT1+ community. Domestic abuse can be displayed in many ways from physical violence, controlling behaviour, sexual violence and nasty remarks to name a few from a partner, ex-partner, family member or carer.

How IDAS can help:
IDAS support anyone affected by domestic abuse and we will always respect your decisions to stay or leave the relationship and give advice on how to do this safely.

We offer:

1:1 support from a dedicated worker, however you feel the most comfortable (over the phone or in person). They can help explore your options and advocate for you on finance, housing, court process etc to agree on a safety plan that is tailored to and works for you.

Group support: We run groups for people affected by domestic abuse, to discuss the impact abuse has had and share with people with similar experiences. Our staff will also help you to develop coping strategies to cope with past abuse and avoid future abusive relationships.

Safe accommodation: We have several women only refuges and self-contained houses for anyone fleeing domestic abuse or sexual violence.

How to contact us:
Helpline (03000 110 100) – Mon-Friday (08:00-0:800) / Sat-Sun (11:00-08:00) - We have a confidential helpline run by fully trained practitioners who will always believe and support you to talk about your experiences. They will refer you to the right place and give safety advice.
Live chat: Mon-sun (13:00 -16:00) - This is a facility accessed on the website and is a discrete way of contacting us.

Charity number: 1102337

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