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1) Every 3 days a woman loses her life as a result of domestic abuse. We say #NotInNotts. Sign up today and show your support.

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2) 1 in 10 children are living with domestic violence in the UK. Join us in saying #NotInNotts.

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3) On average victims experience 50 incidents of abuse before getting effective help. We say #NotinNotts. We’ll take action, will you?

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Equation is Hiring a Community Fundraiser

The Fundraising Team here at Equation are looking to recruit a Community Fundraiser who will be working with the Head of Fundraising and Trusts Fundraiser as an integral part of raising funds with the community for Equation.  

Community Fundraiser

18 hours p/w

12 month contract – May be extended subject to successful fundraising.

Salary: £17, 372 Pro-Rata (Term-time only also considered) 

The role will include: 

  • Volunteer management – recruiting, supporting and managing a volunteer team to organise events 
  • Organising events – putting together and attending Equation events 
  • Encouraging donors to put on events to raise funds 
  • Working with donors to take part in third party events (marathon, bike rides, quiz nights) 
  • Identify corporate donors to take part in raising funds for Equation 
  • Creating communication to donors 

The successful applicant will ideally have some fundraising and/or events experience, even if gained in a voluntary capacity.  

Some flexibility within the hours is required and attendance at events outside of normal working hours (evenings and weekends) will be part of the role. 

Equation offer full training of their work and encourage those that have an interest in creating a world free from abuse. 

Applications deadline: Friday 28th February 2020 (5pm)

Interviews: Wednesday 11th March 2020 

Community Fundraiser Job Description

Community Fundraiser Person Specification

Vision, Mission & Values

Application Form


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How Men Can Help to Make Women Safe

Men of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire! You can help to keep local women safe.

1 in 4 women experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. In Nottingham City alone, this is over 40,000 women. 9 in 10 perpetrators of abuse against women are men.

Most men do not use violence against women, but all men can help to end it. Will you?

Take action to end male violence against women and girls.

  1. Stand up against abuse.

    Promote a commitment to never use, excuse or remain silent about violence against women. Join over 36,000 men who have already pledged against abuse at whiteribbon.org.uk and wear a white ribbon to show your support.

    Go to White Ribbon

  2. Support women who need help

    If you think a woman is being hurt by a partner or ex, do something. Call the 24-hour domestic and sexual violence helpline on 0808 800 0340 and find out how to help her safely (the helpline is run by Juno Women’s Aid).

    Find out more

  3. Challenge other men.

    When men are disrespectful about women, speak out. Get used to saying “that’s not okay” when you hear sexist jokes from friends, family and colleagues. Misogyny supports abusive attitudes: let others know that you won’t tolerate it.

    Join the White Ribbon movement

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Equation is Hiring in Their Finance Team

The finance team here at Equation has recently been restructured to provide 2 opportunities to join the organisation. The roles are within a small, enthusiastic team with a flexible and supportive culture. 


Finance Officer

Permanent Contract. 

Salary: Scale Point 26-31 £22,937 – 27,123 Pro-Rata 


The post is being recruited to support the organisation in maintaining financial strategy, policy, procedures & systems, budgeting, management accounts, record keeping and reporting 

We are looking for a highly motivated and experienced individual who is capable of working independently and can identify and implement ways of improving working practices and processes. 

Candidates must be part qualified/finalist (AAT/CIMA or equivalent) and confident working at this level. 

Applications deadline: 04/11/2019  

Interviews: 11/11/2019 and 12/11/2019 

Finance Officer Job Description

Finance Officer Person Specification

Vision, Mission & Values

Application Form


Finance and Office Administrator

Permanent Contract 

Salary: Scale Point 18-21 £17,714 – £19,742 Pro-Rata 


This post is being recruited to support the Finance Officer to ensure the smooth running of Equation’s accounts. The role will focus on day to day bookkeeping, running petty cash, working with suppliers and maintaining accurate processes and records. Support will be provided to the wider admin team with general office tasks.   

We are looking for a motivated individual who can communicate well and work quickly and accurately.  

Applications deadline: 04/11/2019  

Interviews: 11/11/2019 and 12/11/2019 

Finance and Office Administrator Job Description

Finance and Office Administrator Person Specification

Vision, Mission & Values

Application Form



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Join Equation in support of the global #climatestrike

The climate crisis affects all of us. On Friday September 20th, Equation is taking climate action as a workplace and sending messages of support and solidarity for young people in Nottingham(shire) and around the globe who have called a Global Climate Strike. We are using our online platforms to promote climate action – and we invite our supporters to join us!

What is the Global Climate Strike?

Young people have woken up much of the world with their powerful #FridaysforFuture school strikes for the climate. Millions of people are suffering the effects of extreme weather-related events exacerbated by climate breakdown. Leading climate scientists have warned that there are less than 12 years to limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty will worsen. As we hurtle towards dangerous tipping points, young organisers have called on adults, parents, workers, and employers of all kinds to join them in the global strikes, amplifying their calls for national governments to immediately provide a safe pathway to stay below a rise of 1.5C.

Young people hope this moment will show that they have the backing of millions of human beings who have a growing dread about the climate emergency.

What’s climate emergency got to do with Equation?

In fulfilling our mission for everyone to enjoy healthy relationships, Equation works with thousands of children and young people to help them build a better future.

Right now, local and global young people face an urgent existential threat to a healthy future in the form of climate breakdown.

We encourage and empower young people to feel self-confident and stand up for their rights to healthy relationships and it is inspiring and humbling to see young people passionately speaking out for their futures in this way.

We cannot ignore these young people’s calls. Equation has a role alongside every organisation and business in listening and amplifying their demands for urgent climate action. 

As a feminist organisation, Equation is concerned that women are disproportionately impacted by climate breakdown. Across the world, women are often responsible for producing food, fetching water and finding fuel. Climate breakdown makes these tasks more difficult. Extreme weather events such as droughts and floods have a greater impact on the poor and most vulnerable – and 70% of the world’s poor are women. Fighting climate breakdown – with women and girls at front and centre – is an essential measure for creating a sustainable future in which all human beings can thrive equally, regardless of their gender. 

For these reasons and as a respected local charity, Equation is ready to show climate leadership.

What is Equation doing?

To support the #climatestrike and the youth-led #FridaysforFuture movement, Equation will be sharing information on social media about the strikes and the importance of supporting young people in calling for urgent climate action. We’ll also be sharing photos and videos of support from Equation staff, volunteers and supporters.

Want to support the young climate strikers? Find out how: -> https://350.org/support-climate-strikes/

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Reclaim The Night 2019 Needs You!

The annual Reclaim the Night march is taking place in Nottingham on Saturday 9th November. Stewards will gather from 5pm and you will be needed until around 8pm.


Steward’s role

1) Creating a boundary

  • Form a visible boundary to the march
  • Make sure that marchers stay safely on the pavement

You will be given a high-vis jacket to wear to ensure your visibility and will walk along the side of the marchers and encourage them to stay safely on the pavement.


2) Leading chants!

There will be a megaphone to share. You should take the lead on starting chants from the chant sheets (these will be handed out to women at the start of the rally by volunteers) – all other volunteers are welcome to do this if they like!


3) Hand out flyers to passers by

You will all be given Reclaim the Night flyers to give to passers-by to explain what the march is about.


4) Road crossing and making sure no-one’s left behind

Lead the front of the march to ensure that marchers cross the roads safely. Position yourself at the back of the march, making sure no one gets left behind. Keep in touch with the ones at the front via walkie talkie so you have an idea of where we are.


5) Walking with women to Nottingham Women’s Centre for the after party

We’re having an after party at the Women’s Centre with food and music. Walk up to the Women’s Centre with groups of women, in a more informal way, after the rally in Market Square.


6) Communicating with the core team about any issues

Keep yourself safe and strive to avoid hostility, negativity and heated argument. If you feel in any way harassed or threatened, remove yourself from the situation as quickly as possible to a safe place; alert Katie if possible.  Call the police 999 if you feel in immediate danger.


7) First aid

We are looking for first aiders – can you help?


8) Returning things

Everything not used (banners, glow sticks, flyers, high vis jackets), please return to Katie who will be in front of the PA at the Rally.


The Route

The march will gather at Sneinton Market, march through Hockley and end in Market Square with a rally. We will then head to Nottingham Women’s Centre together for food and music J

Stewards will be provided with:

  • A high vis jacket
  • A set of flyers about the march
  • Megaphone as instructed
  • Training


Steward training

All stewards will be required to join us for a fun, empowering steward training session at the women’s centre on Friday 1st Nov between 5pm – 7pm.


Do you want to join the team?

If you can steward, or are interested in stewarding for the first time, please email katie@nottinghamwomenscentre.com by Thursday 18th October with the following information:

  1. Your name


  1. Your phone number (so I can text you reminders)


  1. Do you have any accessibility requirements for this volunteering role?


  1. Are there any other skills you can offer? Could you organise a glitter stall at Sneinton Market? Are you a musician/could you help with the after party? Are you crafty – could you help with banner making?



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Equation Launches #SupportNotSilence Campaign

This September, Equation is launching its brand new #SupportNotSilence campaign in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. The campaign aims to help men recognise signs of domestic abuse and get support from the local helpline (0115 960 5556). 

Using an attention-grabbing social media and print campaign, #SupportNotSilence will be running throughout the month in the City and three County districts: Newark and Sherwood, Broxtowe and Bassetlaw. 

The campaign coincides with wider publicity around men’s experience of domestic abuse following global movements relating to the wider issues of domestic and sexual violence, in addition to high-profile media coverage of prosecutions in cases of domestic violence towards men. Despite the increase in publicity, there are still many male survivors who don’t know how or where to seek support. 

Sophie Maskell, Campaigns Coordinator, says: “From working with men through Equation’s Domestic Abuse Service for Men, we have learned that men often don’t realise what they’re experiencing is domestic abuse and many others feel unable to speak out.  

Our cultural attitudes around masculinity can also lead men to believe that speaking out about domestic abuse will make them appear weak. We want our campaign to challenge those attitudes and better represent men’s experiences to ensure male survivors feel less isolated and more confident in seeking support.” 


What do we know about domestic abuse towards men? 

Anyone can experience domestic abuse and everyone’s experiences are different. Men can experience any form of domestic abuse from a person of any gender.  However according to local statistics, men are more likely to experience domestic abuse from other men and the types of abuse they experience are more often psychological and emotional. However, this does not mean men’s experiences are any less valid. 

Domestic abuse against men can include physical violence, as well as emotional and psychological bullying, sexual violence or financial control and abuse.  

A man who is being abused may experience some or all of the following behaviours 

  • Bullying: mocking, humiliation, insults, criticism  
  • Control: Being checked up on, followed, or stalked  
  • Threats: intimidation, attacks or violence  
  • Destruction of their possessions  
  • Isolation: being stopped from seeing family and friends  
  • Being forced into sex   
  • Having money taken or controlled  
  • Lying, blame and denial of the abuse 

These forms of abuse can cause significant harm and have long-lasting effects on mental health and well-being. Survivors can experience depression, anxiety, substance misuse problems and may complete self-harm or suicide.  

Find out more

What support for men does Equation offer? 

The service provides time-limited support to men who are experiencing domestic violence and abuse. 

  • Risk assessment to identify risk of harm to the client 
  • The type of support provided will be identified against risk level and need 
  • Support may include practical and emotional assistance, and signposting to other specialist services such as counselling 
  • Assessment will be made to ensure that work with the individual is appropriate and safe. 

Equation operates structured safeguarding and assessment protocols in its work with men. 

If you are a man experiencing domestic abuse in Nottingham or Nottinghamshire, you can get free and discreet advice from Equation’s Domestic Abuse Service for Men: 0115 960 5556.  



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Equation is Hiring in their Children and Young People Team

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Freelance Facilitator – Children and Young People

Hours: Flexible

Salary: £11.28 – £14.03 per hour

Flexible working hours on a self-employed basis, predominantly during school hours and term times. We are looking for individuals to join our freelance facilitator team. One of several such posts, this role’s primary duties are in delivering domestic abuse and healthy relationships awareness projects with children and young people in line with Equation’s business plans, values and priorities.

The amount of schoolswork can vary throughout the academic year, however there would be an expectation that successful candidates could offer a reasonable amount of time per term to cover school projects, especially during busy periods.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applicants from all sections of the community.


Applications deadline: 9.00am on Friday 6th September

Interviews: 17th & 18th September


Information Pack:

Equation’s work with young people

Freelancer information pack

Equation’s Vision, Mission and Values


To apply please download the application form below and return to Equation’s HR Lead on admin@equation.org.uk

Application Form

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Reflective Practice | FAQs

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What is reflective practice?

Reflective practice has been described as the process of ‘learning through and from experience towards gaining new insights of self and/or practice’, often by examining everyday assumptions (Finlay, 2008). It helps us develop personally and professionally and creates an organisational culture where accountability, innovation and compassionate care can thrive.


Why is it important?

Reflective Practice is an essential part of developing new skills and cementing learning. At a fundamental level it develops an individual’s capacity to respond to challenges, make timely decisions, manage emotions, conduct productive relationships and cope with stress (CIPD, undated). Habitual and systematic reflection develops:

– insight and foresight

– emotional intelligence and regulation

– planning, decision making and critical thinking

– compassion and empathy

– resilience and coping strategies


How do we facilitate reflective practice?

Creating a culture of reflective practice involves investment and effort throughout the organisation. Reflective practice needs to be prioritised despite the pressures and demands of the workload.  Oelofsen (2012) outlined the following prerequisites for effective reflective practice in organisations.


  • Reflection should be part of the organisation’s culture


For reflective practice to make a difference, organisations need to instil a culture of reflection and this needs to be modelled at all levels within the organisation. Staff are more likely to prioritise reflective practice if they see their managers do so. This will ensure that a thoughtful, reflective approach to service delivery is valued for its contribution to good thinking, good decision making, and excellence in quality of care throughout the organisation. Investment in staff and reflective practice aligns with a range of organisational development issues, such as ethics, engagement, empowerment, well-being and sustainability.

  • Opportunities for reflection should be created outside governance and supervision processes

In order to increase investment and to encourage honest, self-evaluative reflection, it is important that staff have an opportunity to reflect outside of supervision or case management. One of the main reasons for this, is to avoid the inherent power balances evident in these relationships and perhaps underlying conflicts (for example, an individual’s relationship with their manager may be the subject of the reflection). Bringing in an external practitioner to facilitate reflective practice also enables everyday assumptions to be explored and challenged. Every organisation has its own culture and atmosphere that shapes working practice. An internal facilitator is not part of these everyday working norms and can offer a different perspective that encourages staff to question their assumptions and examine implicit aspects of the organisational culture. This permits staff to critically evaluate themselves, their organisation and their practices and encourages them to be invested in generating solutions and innovative approaches to the problems they face.

  • Reflective work needs facilitation within a context of systems thinking

Effective reflection in organisations tends to be possible when the process is formalised and facilitated in some way, perhaps through facilitated group work. The process should also contain feedback loops so that the outcomes of reflective sessions can be considered for further action within broader systems where relevant.

  • The reflective capacity of participating staff need to be developed

The skills involved in effective reflective practice (critical thinking, emotional intelligence, inquisitiveness and self-awareness) are all qualities we can enhance and develop through practice. In a time of cost saving and budgetary restraints, staff training budgets can often be restricted. While this can alleviate pressure in the short term; the long term impact on staff morale can end up costing organisations more. Staff who do not feel valued, supported and invested in are less happy and productive at work. A culture of reflective practice helps alleviate and confront underlying causes of high sickness and attrition rates. It provides a space for staff to acknowledge problems early and consider what they need to overcome any difficulties they are experiencing before they become entrenched and established.

Ultimately, the potential benefits of reflective practice can be transformative for an organisation. Sessions encourage better decision making, better and more compassionate care, increased staff wellbeing and engagement, and empathic, reasoned responses to the complexities of client care.




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Uk’s First Nationwide RSE Day | 27th June 2019

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Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) becomes compulsory in all schools this year. Primary schools will need to ensure they offer relationships education to their pupils and secondary schools will be required to deliver both relationships and sex education. In announcing these plans, the government has acknowledged the benefits of RSE both to children and wider society, particularly with reference to the prevention of domestic abuse. The plans have been received as a welcome development by many, including schools where this education is already being delivered and the positive impact can be seen. Many schools already offer RSE with many doing it well. The new reforms intend to ensure that all children and young people have the same access to a universal provision.

Equation have been delivering domestic abuse awareness and healthy relationship education to young people in schools across Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire via our Equate Package for many years and are big believers in the following five outcomes our projects and other good quality RSE can provide.


1) Increased Understanding of Relationships

RSE is vital in ensuring all young people have the opportunity to explore and learn about healthy relationships. RSE projects allow them to fully understand what relationships are, who they have them with and what the qualities of a healthy relationship look like. If young people have access to well-designed RSE they can begin to explore what relationships mean to them, what they consider to be important in a relationship, and what they themselves can offer in their own existing and future relationships.


2) Heightened Aspirations

Young people accessing relationships education will increase their aspirations for a healthy relationship, and this reduces their vulnerabilities to experiencing an unhealthy relationship. Young people will be able to recognise the warning signs of unhealthy relationships more readily. This is something that can otherwise be difficult for young people, as well as adults who did not receive relationships education. Recognising the signs of an unhealthy relationship is likely to increase their confidence that they deserve better, and encourage them to seek support.


3) Improved Confidence and Self-esteem

Young people are much more likely to have healthy, positive relationships when they have high levels of confidence and self-esteem. Relationships and sex education should not overlook the importance of ensuring young people understand positive coping strategies, know what they can do to make themselves feel good and how to support others to increase their own confidence. If a young person has low self-esteem they might feel that they need to have an intimate relationship to make themselves happy; this can lead to unrealistic expectations of the relationship and the young person may not be as happy as they expected. Encouraging young people to be comfortable with who they are before they begin a relationship can have a positive impact on the relationships of young people. It is important that young people know how to love themselves, know their self-worth and know that they and others deserve to be happy.


4) Better Understanding of Consent

Alongside healthy relationships education, young people also need to be able to access information about sex and consent. Accutane is taken two times daily with a meal. Do not chew or struck the pill. Swallow it whole buy accutane skin care online Accutane may also be used for other dermatological diseases treatment as determined by your doctor. This is why Equation delivers sessions to young people on personal space. These sessions allow the young people to explore their rights and responsibilities over their own and other people’s bodies, the complexities of sex and consent and to develop a clear understanding of the legalities of consent. Young people often feed back to Equation after these sessions that they didn’t know about consent before; they want information to make free and informed decisions within relationships.


5) Prevention of Domestic Abuse

1 in 4 women experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives. By understanding more about relationships, young people become better equipped to identify when things are not right and feel more confident and supported in speaking out. RSE education increases the chances a child will know where to go for help and support should they ever need it. Even in instances where domestic abuse is not able to be fully prevented via RSE (for example, if it is already occurring within the child’s home), the harm it can cause can be significantly reduced.


Want to know more about how to get involved in Nottingham’s first RSE day as either a school, parent or organisation? Visit the Equation website for full details.

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