We are looking for an Outreach Worker to join the team at MASH and provide support to women sex working in Oldham and Rochdale.
We believe in choice and empowerment, focusing on the material impact and reality of women’s lives, and how we can work with women to create the change that works for them. We hold a strong belief in women’s assets, talents, skills and abilities. Through our services we partner with women as they access and navigate services to aid recovery and realise their goals.
MASH is the only organisation in Greater Manchester which exists specifically to support women who sex work. Through our range of services we build trusted relationships with women to keep them safer, healthier and more equipped to take control of their lives.
Key Dimensions of the Role
|Outreach Worker (Oldham & Rochdale)
|35 hours per week
|Fixed term for 1 year (extension pending)
|Annual leave entitlement:
|25 days plus bank holidays (pro rata)
|MASH, 94 -96 Fairfield Street, Manchester, M1 2WR
|Midnight on Sunday 17th March 2024
|Interviews will be held on w.c. 18th March 2024
|1st April 2024 (negotiable)
Purpose of the role
To work with other members of the MASH team to achieve the following outcomes for women who sex work:
- To improve women’s health
- To improve women’s well being
- To empower women to informed make choices
- To increase women’s safety
- To influence policy and practice changes in other agencies working with our clients group
Using a gender and trauma-informed approach, the Outreach Worker will deliver two sessions of street outreach each week. This will involve driving and taking the MASH mobile vehicle into areas of Oldham and Rochdale where women are engaged in sex work on the street. The role involves delivering a harm reduction approach to offer a quality service to women to improve health, housing and safety outcomes. This will be delivered with a respectful and non-judgemental approach assisting women to reduce harmful behaviours and improving access to a range of services to improve their outcomes.
Please click the link below to see the full job description and person specification for the role.
Since 1991, MASH has been at the forefront of supporting women in and around Greater Manchester who are, have been or may start sex working and who are facing multiple disadvantage. We were founded as a social justice organisation, starting out as a grassroots, community led response to the HIV/AIDS crisis and we have continued to support women at the sharpest end of inequalities ever since.
Whilst the nature of sex work, the context in which we operate and the support we provide has changed dramatically over the last thirty years, one thing has remained constant: MASH continues to be a haven for some of the most marginalised women in Greater Manchester – women who fall through the gaps, are under served by mainstream services and face stigma, discrimination and multiple barriers to accessing the support they need. At MASH, we meet each woman where they are at and stay with them for as long as it takes for them to get to where they want to be. Crucially, our support is gender and trauma informed and responsive and we bring decades of experience of appropriately supporting women in ways which work for them.
In our most recent staff survey, 89% of employees at MASH said they would recommend MASH as a great place to work and 92% of employees said they felt proud to be a part of MASH.
Staff members fed back:
“I personally feel very valued at MASH and have a very positive experience working at MASH. I feel that I belong, I feel supported and I have excellent job satisfaction. I am very proud to work at MASH.“
“Management support is very strong, equitable and caring. I enjoy working at MASH it is a great place to work.”
“There is a great sense of team spirit within MASH where individuals are all working together to get things done. Amazing flexibility within the team and support for each other.”
Some benefits that we offer at MASH are:
- Hybrid working – both homeworking and office (role dependent)
- Flexible working hours and TOIL
- Access to training and development
- A wellbeing programme including up to 8 sessions of talking therapies each year
- Excellent supervision and support
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
MASH is built on and celebrates our people. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion within our organisation and ensuring that we are truly representative of the communities we serve All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage, civil partnerships, race, religion, or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply. As an inclusive employer we are here to support you and are happy to consider reasonable adjustments if needed if you join our team. We have recently trained with Kusoma Consultancy on anti-racism and trans* inclusion.
Our goal is to ensure that we have a diverse team with a range of lived and professional experience. Our internal monitoring shows that people of colour, people with disabilities, people with a lived experience of sex work and people from refugee and migrant communities are underrepresented in our workforce, and therefore we particularly welcome applications from these communities.
Prior to the next step in the recruiting process we welcome you to inform us confidentially if you may require any special requirements in order to participate fully in our recruitment process, or if an alternative application process would be more accessible for you. Please get in touch with email@example.com to discuss or call 0161 273 4555
How to apply
To apply for this role, please send a CV and covering letter outlining how you meet the person specification for the role to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Sunday 17th March 2024.
The post is subject to DBS checks, suitable references, and completion of a 6-month probation period.