Big Lottery Community Engagement & Building Volunteer Research Assistant

The Big Lottery Community Engagement and Building Research Project follows the journeys of clients and community members as they engage with the support and services offered by our Community Engagement and Building Project in Brighton and Hove.

Big Lottery Community Engagement & Building Volunteer Research Assistant

Closing date: Friday 29th March, 2019

Hours: 8-16 hours a week (on either Wednesdays or Fridays) until May 2020.

Reporting to: Research and Evaluation Officer

What is the Big Lottery Community Engagement and Building Research Project?

The Big Lottery Community Engagement and Building Research Project is a three year community research project that began in September 2017 and will end in September 2020.

The research follows the journeys of clients and community members as they engage with the support and services offered by our Community Engagement and Building Project in Brighton and Hove. We are interested in finding out about what works well when we support women with multiple and complex needs and experiences, including disabled women, older women and women from the BME community. We also want to better understand their experience of their community and what enables them to make positive changes in their lives and what barriers they can face. Our research findings will be fed back to RISE to improve our service and with our partners and the wider VAWG community.

Our research team is made up of Community Researchers who are survivors of domestic abuse. The research is led by our Research and Evaluation Officer. Our approach to the research is creative and innovative using a number of qualitative methods including research interviews, mapping exercises and participant observation. The data we collect is highly sensitive and confidential and we have taken great care to ensure that it is collected, stored and disseminated ethically and in accordance to data protection law.

Role Summary:

As a Volunteer Research Assistant you will provide essential administrative and research support to the Research and Evaluation Officer. Your role will involve assisting with the day- to-day management of our Big Lottery Community Engagement and Building research project. There will be opportunities to build your administrative research skills. You will be primarily responsible for transcribing and anonymizing confidential research data and providing updates and communication with our community research team. Full training on data preparation, management and storage will be provided.

Specific Duties:

  • To provide research assistance support to our research team under the supervision of our Research and Evaluation Officer.
  • To attend relevant training sessions and some staff events, conferences, consultations, as well as public and social events.
  • To attend monthly individual supervision meetings.
  • To provide administrative support for the production and storage of research documents.
  • To accurately transcribe research interview data following our transcription guidelines under the supervision of our Research and Evaluation Officer.
  • To anonymize research interview data following our anonymization guidelines under the supervision of our Research and Evaluation Officer.
  • To provide updates and communication with the community research team when required.

General Duties:

  • To ensure that your everyday research practice meets the ethical considerations of the project and that you have a clear understanding of the safeguarding reporting practices and how to implement these, as agreed with the Research and Evaluation Officer.
  • To follow our strict guidelines for the entry and preservation of confidential data, ensuring data is entered and stored securely, consistently and accurately.
  • To work collaboratively with others, respectfully sharing ideas and responsibly liaising with other members in the community research team and the wider BLCP project team.
  • Any other duties as required and relevant to the needs of the research.

Personal Skills and Qualities Required:

  • General IT skills and a working knowledge of Microsoft Office software.
  • Prior experience of transcription would be desirable.
  • Some administration experience would be an advantage.
  • Ability to follow instructions and to work with guidelines related to confidential data (conduct, protection and storage).
  • Capacity to work with sensitive data which will include accounts of domestic abuse & multiple and complex needs and experiences which some may find upsetting.
  • Willingness to attend relevant training
  • High levels of self- organisation and motivation
  • Reliability and punctuality
  • Be prepared to attend monthly supervision
  • Be able to commit to regular voluntary work for Rise.
  • At all times you will be expected to protect the safety and security of services, service users, staff, volunteers and buildings, and the confidentiality of records and other information
  • Acknowledge and actively support the rights of women, children and young people who have experienced domestic violence.

What we offer:

  • Comprehensive induction and training to perform your role effectively.
  • Monthly supervision with your line manager, the Research and Evaluation Officer.
  • An opportunity to develop your strengths and skills (e.g. communication, teamwork, time management, positive attitude, initiative), build confidence and feel valued.
  • You will gain transferable professional skills and work experience that provides you with additional sources for positive work references.
  • You will gain greater knowledge about domestic abuse services and the charity sector.




This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.



To find out more and to apply for this role please complete a RISE Volunteer Application form as CV's will not be accepted. Please download an application form here (RISE Volunteer Application Form) and return completed application forms to either [email protected] or Volunteer Coordinator, PO Box 889, Brighton, BN2 1GH by the end of day on Friday 29th March 2019.