About Refuge Refuge is the country’s largest provider of specialist services for victims of all forms of gender-based violence (domestic, sexual, so called ‘honour’ violence, trafficking, prostitution, forced marriage, stalking and FGM). Every day we support over 3,300 women and children in our national network of services. These include Independent Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence Advocacy services (IDVAs/ISVAs and IGVAs), community outreach, specialist refuge accommodation, sanctuary services and culturally-specific services and the Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline (run in partnership between Refuge and Women’s Aid). We advise Government and lobby to keep violence against women and girls high on the public agenda. We run award-winning prevention and public education campaigns, managing a busy press office and website, and we are an accredited training provider. We give a voice to the voiceless.
The Role Refuge’s communications team is responsible for educating the general public, raising awareness of domestic violence and supporting Refuge’s broader organisational activities. This is a chance to join a small but high achieving team and make a real impact in reaching out to women and children who experience domestic violence. The role involves profiling Refuge’s work through media relations, online communications, marketing, advertising, speaking opportunities and our website.
We work in an exciting and fast paced environment. The successful applicant will proactively work with the team to respond to the daily political and news agendas. You will work with a wide variety of media to broaden Refuge’s editorial exposure nationally and regionally. You will also spearhead Refuge’s online, social and digital communications and grow our online communities of engaged supporters.
The successful applicant will have experience of working within communications and of implementing social media and cause related campaigns. You will have developed strong copy writing skills across a variety of media and have the ability to manage complex and sensitive media issues.
This is a wide and varied role. No two days are the same at Refuge but the work of the communications team is always interesting and incredibly rewarding.
Refuge is proud to be a leader in its field and an employer of choice with leading edge systems for supervision, quality management and development. Other benefits include 28 days holiday, a pension scheme, an employee assistance programme and a childcare voucher scheme.
An enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) certificate will be required for this role. This post is restricted to women due to the nature of the role. The Occupational Requirement under Schedule 9 (part 1) of the Equality Act 2010 applies.
Refuge is committed to quality, equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. All candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the feminist values of empowerment and equality, which underpins all of our work.