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Specialist Counsellor / Case Workers x2 - National Redress Support Project

The Women’s Cottage
  • 2 Part Time Positions: 28hrs (4 days) per week / 14-21hrs (2-3 days) per week
  • Female positions working with women (Note: Being female is recognised as a genuine occupation qualification and is authorised under section 31(2h) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.)

About The Women’s Cottage

The Hawkesbury Area Women’s and Kids Service Collective (HAWKS); “The Women’s Cottage” is a small feminist, not-for-profit, community-based support and resource centre, run by women, for women (and their children) who live, work or study in the Hawkesbury Local Government Area and its immediate surrounds. It provides support, information, resources and referral to women and children in the Hawkesbury area. The Women’s Cottage has served the Hawkesbury for over 36 years.

Services include confidential crisis support and advocacy, case management, referral, court preparation and interest groups. Counselling is available to women who have experienced an abusive relationship, domestic violence, those who were sexually abused as a child and those dealing with difficult life issues.

The Women’s Cottage is often the first line of contact for women and kids experiencing domestic violence. The Women’s Cottage is funded under NSW Department of FACS under Community Builders and Early Intervention and Prevention Program (transitioning to Targeted Early Intervention Program TEI). Funding is also received from the Federal Department of Social Services to provide a regional National Redress Support Project which covers Parramatta to Lithgow.

The Women’s Cottage operates on collective principles and is managed by a Management Collective. A Collective is a non-hierarchical structure which encourages all members to contribute a variety of skills to the task of management, which are shared and rotated. Decisions are made by consensus and with each Collective members’ opinions being of equal value. Applicants encouraged to visit our website to learn more: www.womenscottage.org.au.

Some of the great benefits provided to employees:

  • Salary Sacrificing
  • Some above Award conditions
  • Opportunities for multi skilling and up-skilling
  • High level of diversity in role
  • Excellent working environment

Position Summary:

  • Provide information, support and trauma informed counselling, casework and group work for women considering application to the National Redress Scheme (regional project Lithgow to Parramatta).
  • Provide counselling and therapeutic support to women before, during and after their application through individual and group processes.
  • Provide casework, advocacy, information and referral for clients as needed.
  • Provide outreach services in conjunction with other service providers and phone / Skype sessions to clients as needed.
  • Provide community development support and information to other service providers, networks and Interagencies to increase awareness and up take of the National Redress Scheme.
  • Undertake accreditation to Victim Services NSW to provide counselling for women as part of their Redress application offer and eligibility for counselling support. (Note VS is opening special consideration eligibility for those who do not meet the current criteria for Redress Counsellors).
  • Take part in The Women’s Cottage processes for staff meetings, supervision, planning and co-worker support.
  • Understand and comply with The Women’s Cottage policies and procedures for best practice service provision and the safety and respect of all women who come to and/or work in the service.

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