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Norwich Connect - Group and Peer Support Volunteers

Spurgeons-hero-logo-RGB-100Norwich Connect is a whole family support service for individuals and families affected by domestic abuse run by Spurgeons children’s charity and it is looking for various group and peer support volunteers.

About Norwich Connect

Norwich Connect is a whole family support service for individuals and families affected by domestic abuse regardless of gender, sexuality, age, or disability, including victims, perpetrators and children/young people.

We believe that every survivor of domestic abuse, and their family, deserves the right response, at the right time, to make them safe, sooner.

Between 2018 and 2021, SafeLives are working with partners from the Norfolk County Community Safety Partnership to pilot a Beacon site of best practice in Norfolk for victims of domestic abuse.  Norwich Connect, which is delivered by Spurgeons, is one element of this.

Suggested Tasks you can choose from:

  • Peer Mentor: To provide one-to-one peer support to an adult who has experienced domestic abuse. To work with them to realise, and achieve goals, to enable them to live a more rewarding and fulfilling life. This role is for someone who has lived experience of domestic abuse.
  • Adult and/or Youth Group Support: To provide support to the team member running the group, to enable the smooth running of the sessions. To encourage and support individuals within the group. This role is for someone with or without lived experience of domestic abuse. 
Volunteering will take place during the day time, on weekdays. Every volunteer will be expected to undergo an enhanced DBS check before starting the role.

Skills required and to be developed:

  • Have a passion for working with and supporting people who have been affected by domestic abuse.
  • An understanding of safeguarding and child protection, and the policies to follow.
  • Know how to make people feel supported, when discussing sensitive issues.
  • Sociable and good at communicating with people from all areas of the community.
  • Good time keeping and general organisational skills.
  • Good team work skills, and able to ask for help with tasks.
  • Willing to develop your skills in a variety of situations.


  • Full training provided prior to starting role.
  • On going support and training throughout role.
  • Improve skills and knowledge of working with vulnerable groups and individuals.
  • Expenses will be covered, when pre-agreed with the Peer Co-ordinator.
  • If requested, we will provide references for future employment. 

An introduction to the charity and full training will be provided so no prior knowledge of the organisation is required.
To find out more information and/or to start the application process, please email Rachael Morrison Peer Coordinator on rmorrison@spurgeons.org or call/text on 07970344537.


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