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Send us your toiletries!

We’re running low on toiletries here at the Kairos office. Could you help?

Items like shampoo and shower gel are some of the most requested items when women come to us for help, and are a small but vital way you can support us. Some women are homeless, staying in emergency accommodation or shelters, and very few can afford the basic necessities. Why not take advantage of a buy one get one free offer, and bring us the spare?

The following items would be really useful:

  • Shampoo
  • Shower gel
  • Conditioner
  • Sanitary items (tampons, pads etc)
  • Deodorant

You can bring items to our office which is based at:

St Peter’s Centre, Charles Street, Hillfields, Coventry, CV1 5NP

Ask at reception for Kairos, or if we’re not in there will be a box at reception for you to leave items in.

Thank you so much!

The Diaspora Project has finally landed!

Diaspora
dʌɪˈasp(ə)rə/
“the dispersion or spread of any people from their original homeland.”
Dear friends, The Diaspora Project has finally landed!

Diaspora is our first project designed specifically to cater to the complex needs of our growing migrant worker population.

Our spotlight is focused on bridging the language and culture gap through the use and support of interpreter’s, translated material on UK rights, healthcare and personal safety. Our aim is to meet the needs our migrant service users who wish to exit sex work in the UK and to support them to build better futures for themselves and their families.

The Diaspora volunteer initiative has enabled us to offer interpreting services at our evening drop in sessions and outreaches. It has also allowed for us to provide these services as and when they are required during our day time floating support appointments.

At present Diaspora mainly caters to the growing Romanian population of on street sex workers, but Diaspora is a fluid project that will evolve and grow to meet the needs of the women we support, regardless of nationality.

We look forward to sharing updates with you as we learn and grow as this project develops.

As part of the launch we decided to put on a delicious spread of traditional Romanian food at our evening drop in. 

Great Opportunities with KairosWWT

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At KairosWWT, we look to work with people who:

  1. listen and make a real effort to understand the views and experiences that differ from their own
  2. work hard, persevere when faced with obstacles and demonstrate dedication to the cause
  3. demonstrate belief in others…and in second chances
  4. provide encouragement and help to others; offering reassurance and building confidence and giving assistance when needed
  5. prioritise concern for the well-being of others
  6. bring people together, build positive relationships and create a sense of unity
  7. are sociable, have a sense of humour and value collaboration
  8. are flexible and ready to adapt approaches to respond to need
  9. value kindness and honesty in the workplace
  10. accept that we all make mistakes and value learning from others

It’s the people that make KairosWWT the organisation it is. We recruit women who are caring, inclusive and adaptable. We strive to cultivate a community that fosters unity, belonging and job-satisfaction and we aim to help our community make the best of their talents.  We are influenced by character and attitude when we recruit as much as anything else.

We are currently seeking the following posts:

Operations Manager (20 Hours)

Project Worker (37 Hours)

Project Worker (22 Hours)

Kairos Women Working Together (WWT) believes in the value and dignity of all women and aim to increase the life-chances, choices and wellbeing of women caught up in prostitution, affected by or at risk of sexual exploitation in Coventry

Our Mission is to support and collaborate with women focusing on safety, stability and self-belief.

We embed our work in the values of respect, understanding, collaboration, choice and support.

Post Details

Operations Manager

20 hours, £15,313 pro rata (£28,699 pa full time)

Fixed-term contract: until February 2018

We are seeking a female Operations Manager with project management experience, experience of operational and personnel management as well as a commitment to empathetic social justice. The successful candidate will be experienced in co-ordinating service delivery, managing multiple projects simultaneously, line managing staff and co-ordinating monitoring and evaluation processes across an organisation.

Please download the application pack here: Application Pack Operations ManagerApplication Form

Project Worker (Feeling Safe Project)

22 hours, £16,068 pro rata (£27,023 pa full time)

Fixed-term contract: until February 2018

We are seeking a female Project Worker with a proven track record of supporting vulnerable young women (18-24) to support our expanding Feeling Safe Project. The Feeling Safe Project helps young women to recognise sexual exploitation, identify risks and seek help when needed and the project offers 1-1 support, information and guidance, peer group workshops and social activities and an educational programme.

The successful candidate will have a background in advocacy and support, experience of facilitating groups and a sound understanding of the issues affecting young women.

This post is funded by the Heart of England Jumping Through Hoops Fund

Please download the application pack here: Application Pack Project Worker (Feeling Safe)Application Form

Project Worker

37 hours,  (£27,023 pa)

Start date 1st March 2017

Fixed-term contract: until February 2018

We are seeking a female Project Worker with a proven track record of supporting vulnerable women to co-ordinate our STEPS and Diaspora services. Our STEPS programme aims to meet personal development needs of our service-users as they move towards self-reliance and independence through training, volunteering and mentoring programmes.   Our recently launched Diaspora Project aims to respond to the specific needs of women coming to the UK for the purpose of prostitution.

The successful candidate will bring prior experience working with vulnerable women, and superb organisational skills to co-ordinate service delivery. They will be an excellent communicator, with advocacy experience and comfortably able to supervise our day and evening sessions.

Please download the application pack here: Application Pack Project WorkerApplication Form

All roles require:

  1. regular evening and occasional weekend work
  2. a DBS check
  3. a full driving licence
  4. use of a car a
  5. an unrestricted right to work in the UK

Funded by The National Lottery through the Reaching Communities Fund

The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 s7 (2) (e) applies to these posts.

For further information please contact Lucia Leon: lucia@kairoswwt.org.uk

Closing date for all applications is 5.00pm on Monday 5th December 2016.

The second stage of selection will take place on Friday 16th December and will take the form of an assessment day, involving a group assessment followed by individual interviews.  

If you are interested in more than one vacancy, please submit separate application forms.

 

 

 

 

 

Catch 22: Young women create their own Animation

This Summer, participants of our Feeling Safe project created a short animation to communicate the issues affecting the lives of young women in Coventry. Catch 22 explores how young women have to contend with a vicious cycle of expectations, stereotypes and demands, when their full potential goes unnoticed.

‘It’s not easy being a young person, its hard to explain in words but this project helped us say it with pictures’  – Feeling Safe participant

 

The Girls On Top project was delievered in partnership with Caste Away Arts and Harmeet Chagger-Khan (a local film animator) with the aim to build young women’s confidence and provide a platform for their voices to be heard.

The film launched on November 1st 2016 at the Roots to Shoots event for up and coming animators and film makers, held at the Tin in the Canal Basin, Coventry.

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KairosWWT Welcomes a New Chair

We were delighted to welcome a new Chair to our Board of Trustees at last night’s Annual General Meeting.

joDr Jane Osmond stepped down after 4 years of service as Chair. Jane has been involved with KairosWWT since 2010 when she joined our team of Street Outreach and Drop In Volunteers. Jane went on to join the Board in 2011 and brought her wealth of experience and passion in Research, Project Management, Gender Issues, Violence against Women and Girls and Social Policy. Jane has been a source of great strength, resilience and drive for KairosWWT and her tenure has seen much growth including two successful Big Lottery Grants, the expansion of the staff team (doubling in capacity), the first accredited quality mark for our organisation and  significant work around brand identity and long-term strategy. Jane’s tenure has also seen the launch of new projects responding to the sexual exploitation of young women in Coventry and the growing numbers of women coming to the UK for the purpose of prostitution. We are delighted that Jane will continue to serve on the Board and that we will continue to benefit from her expertise and skills.

 

dianeWe now welcome our new Chair; Diane Phimister who has served on the Board since 2014. Diane brings with her a strong background in mental health nursing and is currently involved in researching issues related to mothers and domestic violence. She has a personal commitment to supporting, enabling and empowering women from all walks of life to achieve  positive change, growth and freedom from living in compromised environments. We are looking forward to this next chapter in KairosWWT’s journey and working under the direction of Diane, with the support of the Board and staff team.

 

 

 

Annual Report

The focus of Project Manager Lucia Leon’s report was revisiting the foundations of the organisation. With stable funding in place over the last year, we were able to invest resources into reviewing both the HOW and the WHY of our work, motivated by our unfailing drive to understand and respond to the needs of our service-users in the best way that we can.

The last year has seen us piece by piece, block by block, review and re-work our strategies and activities to ensure we are ambitious in our vision, strong in our purpose and focused in our mission. Having done this work together, and with a refreshed brand identity,  the AGM was the perfect time to remind ourselves of our foundations and re-commit to our refreshed mission.

Our vision is a world free from the exploitation of women

Our purpose is to increase the life chances, choices and well-being of women caught up in prostitution, affected by, or at risk of sexual exploitation in Coventry

We strive for this because…

Not everyone in life started out with the same experiences.

The experiences of a child can dramatically influence their life chances and choices. Of women caught up in street-based prostitution in Coventry, 60% were sexually abused as a girl, 52% had experiences in care and half experienced violence perpetrated by a relative. These childhood experiences can have a lasting impact on self-belief, self-confidence and feelings of self-worth.

KairosWWT believes in the value and dignity of all women. We provide multiple and individual solutions to support those caught up in prostitution and those vulnerable to it. We do this by building long-term, women-centric relationships and will be there for as long as needed. Over the last 16 years, we have worked in Coventry with women caught up in on-street prostitution. Our approach focuses on:

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1. Safety: minimising harm for those most at risk

2. Stability: addressing individual needs and barriers (such as housing, healthcare, substance misuse interventions)

3. Self-belief: supporting women to develop skills and confidence to make their own choices for the future

Our experience means we can also identify those young women most at risk of sexual exploitation and we then work with them to increase their understanding and build their self-belief as a route to resilience and a path away from sexual exploitation.

 

 

Building self-belief in a different future and breaking down the barriers that stand in the way isn’t easy. It’s complex. And it takes time.

That’s why we’re here..and that’s why we need your support.

Our Annual Report is now available and can be downloaded here.

There are many ways you can support our work including opportunities to volunteer and make a donation.