Children and Families Therapist

The Children and Families Wellbeing Project is recruiting Family and Children’s Therapists to support refugees in Yorkshire and Humberside:

The Children and Families Wellbeing Project is funded through Migration Yorkshire as part of the National Resettlement Programme.  The project is delivered in partnership between Migration Yorkshire, and two charitable organisations who are already very experienced in delivering therapy to refugees, Refugee Council (South Yorkshire) and Solace (West and North Yorkshire, Hull, North and North East Lincs, East Riding and Scarborough)).

Solace is recruiting a combination of children and family therapists and practitioners to expand their existing team.  The role is temporary until July 2022.  Our funding is likely to continue beyond this but is not yet confirmed.  We are looking for a therapist who is interested in working between three and five days per week for the project. 

Specifically we are looking for therapists to deliver the service in Kirklees and Calderdale, but as this is a regional project therapists are likely to see families in other areas as well.  To begin with therapists will be based at home delivering therapy via zoom, but this will be reviewed on a monthly basis with the intention that face to face work may resume as the Covid situation changes.  Our team of therapists work in a variety of venues, including schools, community venues and client’s homes.

Successful applicants will be joining a team of experienced therapists who are developing the service following the successful completion of a two year pilot project.  The service delivers therapeutic support to vulnerable refugee children and their families, as well as supporting schools to develop their support to this client group.

For an informal conversation about the post, please contact:

Anne Burghgraef anne(at)solace-uk.org.uk (Clinical Director) or Kathryn Ashworth Kathryn(at)solace-uk.org.uk (CEO)

The closing date is 9am on Monday 23rd August with interviews being held on Thursday 26th August (afternoon), or Friday 27th August, (morning) on Zoom.


Solace is looking for trustees with lived experience of the asylum process or being a refugee

Would you like to support Solace to fulfil their mission to improve the lives of our clients through the provision of therapies to alleviate suffering and improve emotional wellbeing? We are looking for people who would like to be on the trustee board to support the development of our work.


Solace provides a range of therapies to refugees and asylum seekers across Yorkshire and the Humber area. Across the region we work with individuals, families and children who have faced persecution, and many of whom have witnessed or experienced violence or torture. As well as talking therapy, we provide group stress management sessions and a programme of pain management. In recent years, we have provided over 3,000 hours of therapy to more than 250 people year on year. Here’s what a client said about us in our feedback survey last year:


“[When I] Suffered from depression the therapist stood by me and supported me as a human being. I was always keen and could not wait to attend my sessions with the therapist to talk about what’s inside me. Solace is where you can be listened to, supported. Solace changed my attitude towards my life.” Asmaa 2020*


We are looking to recruit at least 2 volunteer trustees with either lived experience of the asylum system, or experience of being a refugee or migrant to become part of our trustee board. We are looking forward to learning about work or life experience and skills that you can bring to the Solace board. Over the next few years we want to transform the way we work by ensuring people with lived experience inform how we develop our services and organisation. We are committed to this improvement in how we work, and to supporting our new trustees to become part of Solace.


Trustees can be based anywhere in Yorkshire and the Humber region as most of our meetings will be held on zoom. We will hold occasional meetings face to face in Leeds, and travel expenses will be paid for this.

Time commitment

As a minimum you would be expected to attend and participate in four meetings per year. There will be some preparation needed beforehand so you are able to share your views and actively participate in discussions. There would also be opportunities to contribute to other pieces of work in between the Trustees meetings if you would like to get involved. We are committed to supporting you, and offering you a warm welcome. We would spend time with you to understand your skills and aspirations, and would be very happy to talk about any support that would be helpful for you. We will provide a full induction, and offering ongoing mentoring and support if this would be useful.


If you are interested in becoming a trustee and would like to talk to someone about it – please email/ call/ text/ WhatsApp Pascale on 07919207785 or pascalegayford (at} gmail.com.


Volunteer Therapists Required (Leeds)

Half a day per week

Solace is a therapeutic service exclusively for refugees and asylum seekers. While based in Leeds for more than 13 years, it offers a range of services throughout Yorkshire, with many in partnership with others including the NHS, as well as various refugee sector organisations such as Refugee Action and Refugee Council.

We have a small team of clinicians and organisational staff who work together with volunteer counsellors and specialist therapists to offer individual, complementary, family and group therapy. All our clients have fled from their own country to seek safety in the UK, thus the therapeutic work is cross cultural and involves the use of interpreters.  As all have suffered many losses and many have experienced or witnessed violence, we are currently seeking to recruit more therapists who are experienced in working with traumatised people.  Many of our clients live with much uncertainty and stress as they navigate the complex UK asylum process while trying to adapt to their new cultural context, so knowledge of the asylum system is helpful.

We are looking for therapists who are qualified to Diploma level or above with a minimum of 2 years post qualification experience including working with traumatised people.  We offer an initial induction program with regular individual and group supervision and opportunities for further training and development.

Please have a look around our website  for more information about our work.

Please contact Solace an application pack. For informal conversation, please speak to Clinical Director Anne Burghgraef.

Telephone: (0113) 487 8362 Email: anne@solace-uk.org.uk

 


Trustees Required (Leeds) 2020

Solace Trustee Role Description 2019

Solace Trustee application form august 2019

If you want to know more about what it means to be a trustee in general ‘The Essential Trustee’ page is a good source of information.