Vacancy: Community Navigator, Women’s Hub
Maya Centre

Hours per week: 14 hours (2 days per week). Flexible working across Monday, Wednesday, or Friday; must be able to attend team meeting every Wednesday morning.

Salary: £24,000 pro-rata + 3 % pension

Contract:  Fixed Term (1 year) with the possibility of extension depending on project needs
Annual leave: 30 days plus Bank Holidays, pro rata
Location: The Maya Centre, Unit 8, 9-15 Elthorne Rd, London N19 4AJ
Reports to: Women’s Hub Project Manager

Job Description

The Maya Centre is a unique women-only charity based in Islington, offering free specialist psychotherapy and holistic support to women on low incomes, whose mental health and wellbeing have been affected by experiences ranging from deprivation and isolation to racism, exploitation and Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG).  65% of our clients come from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic or Refugee backgrounds and we adopt specifically intercultural and intersectional approaches in supporting them towards greater voice, choice and control in their lives. Offered in over 13 languages, our trauma-informed services are BACP accredited and include:

  • 1:1 psycho-dynamic counselling
  • Group therapy including psychoeducation and arts therapies
  • Complementary therapies including Reiki, Massage and Yoga
  • Targeted support – Irish Women’s Project and Black Women’s Group
  • Community development, outreach and support

We are about to launch the Women’s Hub Project, our community wellbeing service, creating  safe , intercultural spaces where minoritised and isolated women ( who are traditionally not  heard, involved or included ) can come together, co-design their own wellbeing workshops and support each other towards increased resilience and wellbeing.

We are looking for friendly and passionate team of four Community Navigators with lived experience of minoritisation who would effectively engage and support women from within their specialist area group. Building strong community connections, Community Navigators will work with one volunteer to facilitate weekly drop -in groups offering:

  • Personal Wellbeing Plans
  • 1-2-1 support, advice and signposting to wider community services
  • Group discussions on wellbeing, including co-design of wellbeing workshops
  • Support to engage with therapeutic services, ensuring that any barriers are addressed and removed.

Job Description

Key Responsibilities :

  1. To build trusting, supportive and empowering working relationships with women, both individual and within a group setting.
  2. Set up and oversee a Peer Support Group, including drop-in 1-2-1 advice.
  3. Map and build relationships with other services and activities in the borough to provide information, advice and link women to the wider community’s resources.
  4. Support individual women to identify their needs and aspirations and create their own Personal Wellbeing Plan.
  5. Manage 1 volunteer within peer group.
  6. Support women to identify key wellbeing needs /interests/workshop requests.
  7. Support women to access, engage and complete therapy by identifying and addressing barriers to engagement.
  8. Work collaboratively within a team of Community Navigators, taking on other shared team tasks as necessary.

Person Specification

Essential Skills

  1. Lived experience and/or in-depth knowledge of any of the following communities of women:
    • Young women (aged 18-25)
    • LGBTQ+ Women
    • Muslim Women
    • Refugee or asylum-seeking Women
    • Black Women (Black British, Caribbean or African Backgrounds)
    • Other communities of women whose wellbeing needs are not met by traditional/mainstream mental health services (for example Neurodivergent women, Roma women, disabled women)
  2. Be passionate about women’s wellbeing and have good understanding of factors affecting women’s mental health such us poverty, discrimination, exclusion, gender-based violence etc.
  3. The ability to build trusting, supportive and effective relationships with women.
  4. The ability to build friendly and effective partnerships with local community services and projects.
  5. Be curious, open to learning, proactive and have can-do attitude.
  6. Work in inclusive, strengths-based way.
  7. IT proficiency including MS 365.

Desirable Skills

  1. Speaker of additional language
  2. Knowledge of local (Islington) community services
  3. Some community development experience

How to apply

Please note this post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

We want our organisation to reflect the diversity of the women we serve, and we particularly welcome applications from those with lived experience, and from underrepresented groups including women from Black, Asian, LGBTQ+ and other minoritised identities.

We are especially keen to hear from speakers of the following languages: Turkish, Somali, Bengali, Arabic, Albanian, Dari & Pashto as well as Eastern European languages

Please email for Job Description and Person Specification pack.

You should apply by submitting your CV and cover letter which shows in detail how you meet the Person Specification. Please email these with the ‘Community Navigator’ in the subject line to no later than Friday , 14th May 2022, 5pm

Interviews will be offered on a rolling basis, we therefore encourage early applications.