At Leeds Survivor-Led Crisis Service, we value and nurture our staff, paid and voluntary, and see this is an essential aspect of providing a person centred service to clients. We support staff in the following ways:
- Supervision: Paid staff receive monthly individual supervision. Volunteers attend six weekly group supervision.
- Debriefing: After each support session, whether this is face to face or over the telephone, staff are given the space to discuss the call or support session. This allows them to process their thoughts and feelings in relation to the work they have done.
- Reflective Practice Group: Paid staff attend a monthly two hour meeting, to reflect on their practice. This provides the opportunity to have in depth discussions about aspects of the work and to support each other.
- Annual Away Day: The service closes for one day once a year, for staff to get together to reflect on the past year and plan future work.
- Training: The service provides internal training courses throughout the year, for staff, paid and voluntary. These include workshops on working with self harm, working with suicide, hearing voices, loss and bereavement. Paid staff also have a budget for attending external training courses. Staff undertaking training in the Person Centred Approach also receive a contribution towards this training.
- Individual support budget: Paid staff receive a small annual budget to contribute to their emotional support. This can be spent on counselling, external supervision or complementary therapies.
Despite being a small service, there are opportunities for progression. Staff have moved from voluntary to paid work within the organisation, from bank staff to permanent staff and from the Crisis Support Team to the management team.
If you’re interested in finding out more about contributing to our valuable work, please visit our Vacancies page.