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Volunteer opportunity description

This role will allow you to develop mentoring skills, knowledge of domestic abuse whilst enhancing your CV?

Each Butterfly project has a specialist staff member who will co-facilitate these peer support groups in the local community.

At Hestia we are dedicated to ensuring that specialist support is available for the children and women experiencing domestic abuse.

We are looking for volunteers to deliver bi-weekly peer support groups to women survivors of domestic abuse and act as peer mentors.


About the Butterfly Project

We provide an award winning community based peer mentoring programme, called the Butterfly Project, which is part of the Hammersmith, Kensington and Westminster, Angelou Partnership. The drop in support group is for any women who are or have experienced domestic abuse, regardless of when in their lives the abuse took place.

Each session is run by a Hestia staff member and a trained Butterfly Project Volunteer who has received extensive training and is often a survivor of domestic abuse herself.

The group provides women with an opportunity to talk about their experiences, enjoy other activities together such as therapeutic art and writing sessions, nail art, cake decorating and jewellery making. We also provide empowerment courses through the Butterfly Project.

Location: Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham, London

A Quote from a survivor of domestic abuse who attended one of our tri-borough Butterfly peer group sessions

“Today I really enjoyed the session, it was a great opportunity for me to really relax and step away from all my worries which I did manage to express in my art work. Thank you for this opportunity to breath”. 


At Hestia, we support adults and children across London in times of crisis.

Last year we worked with more than 9,000 people, including victims of modern slavery, women and children who have experienced domestic abuse, young care leavers and older people. From giving someone a home to helping them to get the right mental health support, we support and enable people at the moment of crisis.




We are looking for a passionate and committed Domestic Abuse Survivors to volunteer their time to co-facilitate our Butterfly Projects across the tri-boroughs in London.


Purpose: To help facilitate and deliver bi-monthly peer support groups to women survivors of domestic abuse.


Main Tasks


§  To assist in the facilitation and delivery of bi-monthly support groups. To arrange for refreshments to be available, ensure signing sheets are completed.

§  To encourage mentees to develop their own support networks.

§  To develop positive relationships, maintain boundaries and confidentiality

§  To work with a commitment to equal opportunities to ensure that our services are equally accessible to a diverse group of clients.

§  To keep a time log and other monitoring information as requested by the facilitator.

§  To participate fully in volunteer induction and to take up relevant training courses as agreed with the project facilitator and team leader

§  To make a commitment of volunteering 5 hours fortnightly for 6 months

§  To attend monthly supervision meetings and quarterly Peer support meetings.


Skills, experience, qualities needed:

§  A domestic abuse survivor/ witness/ experience who feels strong enough to support other survivors.

§  Understanding of domestic abuse and the impact it has on children and women

§  Good interpersonal and communication skills.

§  Willingness to listen to people

§  Confident, sympathetic and can inspire trust

§  Able to establish/maintain boundaries in a non-judgemental way

§  Friendly and approachable with a genuine enthusiasm to support others

§  Responsive to the needs of others and sensitive to a range of personalities, cultures, views and opinions

§  Be willing to offer support to other peer mentors as a part of a team.

§  Able to maintain strict confidentiality and good working relationships with different groups of people




§  To develop mentoring skills, knowledge of domestic violence and enhance your C.V.

§  Building confidence and gaining skills that will be useful in getting a job.

§  Opportunity to use your own experience to make a difference to the lives of other domestic violence survivors


Volunteer Commitment: To attend bi-monthly sessions, we are looking for a commitment of 5 hours to support the setup, tidying and support for the session.

DBS and references are needed for all volunteers before starting volunteering with us!

We are also running training sessions for all volunteers s in January and March 2018.

Our volunteer needs

We need volunteers who are free at these times


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About the organisation

Hestia Housing & Support

Clare Carty
Volunteer and User Involvement Manager
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