Join NCDV

Join NCDV

We are an expanding organisation that originally started with two people in an office, today we have over 40 people in our Guildford office alone and we need more. Below you will see a number of opportunities, if any interest you please contact the email address shown.

Helpline Advisers – Guildford

Application period: Ongoing due to expansion of the team

The National Centre for Domestic Violence helps survivors of domestic abuse and violence by obtaining emergency civil injunctions for them. We provide a free, fast emergency service to those in need regardless of their financial circumstances, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.

Our First Steps Team is on the front line dealing with incoming calls and referrals from organisations all over the country. Being a Helpline Adviser on this team means that you will need to be patient, understanding and able to communicate effectively, whilst under pressure to help as many people as possible.

Experience in this role is not essential as we will give you the training you require. But understanding of the benefits system, knowledge of a second language would be great and good computer skills would be fantastic although none are essential

If you think that you can really help people to start to make a difference but also deal with many calls then we would love to hear from you.

Hours

  • Part time 20 hours a week, Monday to Friday 9am – 1pm or Monday to Friday 1pm to 5pm

Benefits

  • Salary £9.61 p/hr
  • 28 days annual leave (including bank holidays)
  • NEST Pension

There is no parking in our car park but there is local street parking.

For further details and applications please email  hr@ncdv.org.uk

Please include a CV with your address where you reside.

Receptionist – Guildford

Application period: Closed for the moment but if you would like to pop us your CV we can keep your details on file.

Our First Steps Team is on the front line dealing with incoming calls and referrals from organisations all over the country. Being a receptionist on this team means that you will need to be patient, understanding and able to communicate effectively, whilst under pressure to help as many people as possible.

Your other day to day tasks could include:

  • General administration
  • Send and receive post
  • Welcoming guests to NCDV

Hours

  • Monday to Friday 9am-5.30pm

About You

  • Fluent in English both verbally and in written communication
  • Knowledge of a second language would be great but not essential
  • Have customer service skills and a passion for service
  • Have experience in an office environment,  computer literate, presentable, organised & hard-working

The Benefits

  • Salary £9.61 p/hr
  • 28 days annual leave (including bank holidays)
  • NEST Pension

There is no parking in our car park but there is local street parking.

If you think that you can really help people to start to make a difference but also deal with many calls then we would love to hear from you.

Please send your CV with your residential address by email to:  hr@ncdv.org.uk

Intern – Guildford

The Application period: To 1st November 2020 – for internships starting January 2121

We work very closely with a number of universities offering internships to students studying for a law degree and we will soon be releasing internships for summer 2020 and January 2021. We believe that interns should not be made to work for free to gain knowledge so although we can’t offer the same benefits of a full time employee we hope that our intern salary will help towards your living and travelling expenses.

We also believe that as an intern you should experience the real side of life and understand exactly what victims of domestic abuse and violence go through. So we will train you to have direct interaction with vulnerable victims by helping them gain the protection of the law.

This is a challenging role and you should be aware that you will encounter people that have distressing stories and have been victims of extreme violence. You will also experience great pride when you learn the positive effect you can make to someones life.

As an intern you will be trained in the following areas:

Your other day to day tasks could include:

  • Interviewing clients
  • Drafting Court Applications and legal aid documentation
  • Handling calls
  • General office admin and support as required

Hours

This is a full time internship lasting for a minimum of 40 weeks

Monday to Friday 9am-5.30pm

About You

  • Law degree student with strong academic background
  • A proactive approach with an ability to work independently
  • Communicate effectively, positively & professionally
  • Practical, calm & common sense approach to problem solving
  • Excellent computer literacy skills
  • Fluent in English both verbally and in written communication
  • Knowledge of a second language would be great but not essential

The Benefits
£10,500 per annum pro rata.

There is no parking in our car park but there is local street parking and a bus stop 2 minutes walk.

Please send your CV with your residential address by email to:  hr@ncdv.org.uk

 

By Fiona Bawden, Times Online (8th May 2007)

“Steve Connor, a student at City Law School, is a man on a mission. Six years ago he was a fairly directionless 27-year-old. Today, as well as taking the Bar Vocational Course, he is chairman of the National Centre for Domestic Violence, a ground-breaking organisation that he dragged into existence after a friend could not get legal help to protect her from an abusive partner.

Connor’s route to the Bar has been circuitous. In 2001 he returned from a year in Australia (he says that he would not dignify describing it as a gap year), and took a job as a process server in South London. The job (“I just saw it advertised in the paper”) was not quite as dull as it sounds. On one occasion he was threatened with a machete, on another, he was nearly stabbed by a man he had arranged to meet on Clapham Common to serve with a non-molestation order: “He’d seemed really friendly on the phone…”

The turning point in his life came when a friend, who was being abused by her partner, turned to him for support. Connor went with her to the police. She did not want to press criminal charges so the police suggested that she visit a solicitor to take out a civil injunction. “We must have seen 12 solicitors in a morning. We just went from one to the next to the next to the next. Everyone was very eager to help until we sat down to fill in the forms for the legal aid means test,” he says. The woman, who had a small child, did not qualify for public funding. But, Connor says, her financial situation as it appeared on paper did not bear any relation to her financial situation in reality. “She had a part-time job and she and her partner owned their home. Yet she didn’t have any money. Her boyfriend was very controlling and controlled all the money; he kept the chequebooks and didn’t let her have access to the bank account.”

The injustice of the situation got under Connor’s skin. “I just couldn’t believe that there was no help available to people who did not qualify for public funds but could not afford to pay.

I just kept feeling that this must be able to be sorted if only someone would address it.”That “someone” turned out to be him.

In 2002, thanks entirely to Connor’s doggedness, the London Centre for Domestic Violence was formed. It started out with him and a friend, but is now a national organisation, covering 27 counties, and has helped approximately 10,000 victims last year to take out injunctions against their partners.

NCDV now has nine full-time staff, 12 permanent volunteers and has trained over 5000 law and other students as McKenzie Friends to accompany unrepresented victims into court. We have also trained over 8000 police officers in civil remedies available regarding domestic violence. The National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) has branches in London, Guildford and Manchester and is on track to have branches in 16 areas within the next two years.

NCDV specialises exclusively in domestic violence work and could be characterised as a cross between McDonald’s and Claims Direct. The high degree of specialisation means that its processes are streamlined: clients can be seen quickly and the work is done speedily and cheaply. “Sometimes, we will have one of our trained McKenzie Friends at a court doing 10 applications in one day,” Connor says.

Clients are not charged for the service. NCDV staff take an initial statement: clients who qualify for legal aid are referred to a local firm; those that don’t get free help from the centre itself. It runs on a shoestring, heavily reliant on volunteers and capping staff salaries at £18,000 a year.

Steve expects to qualify as a barrister this summer and hopes that having a formal legal qualification will give the centre added clout. “We are already acknowledged as experts and consulted at a high level, so I thought it would be helpful if I could back that up by being able to say I’m a barrister,” he says. He is just about to complete a one-year full-time BVC course at the City Law School (formerly the Inns of Court Law School) and, all being well, should be called to the Bar in July. Although Connor sees his long-term future as a barrister, he says that he has no immediate plans to practise. “I want to get NCDV running on a fully national level. Then I may take a step back and have a career at the Bar.”