Alessia's Story

Hi, my name is Alessia and I am the programme manager for Everyone’s Business at Hestia. I have been at Hestia for three and a half years.

Our amazing team supports employers to develop internal responses to domestic abuse and sexual violence. We know that for many people who experience domestic abuse, their place of work might be the only safe place they can access, and that this can save lives.

I have always been passionate about supporting people who have experienced domestic abuse, having worked with them throughout my career in a variety of frontline and managerial roles.

Everyone’s Business is innovative and aims to change the societal narrative that domestic abuse happens ‘behind closed doors’ by ensuring all employers know that they have a duty of care to support their staff, and that the training and support they put in place really does make a difference.

No two days are the same. My day can consist of delivering domestic abuse training to a Fortune 500 business in the morning, meeting with the IDVA & ISVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor & Independent Sexual Violence Adviser) team before lunch to look at how we can continue to offer the specialist domestic abuse and sexual violence advocate service to employers, delivering Domestic Abuse Champions training to a police force in the afternoon, and finally looking over our newest training package on sexual harassment in the workplace.

The thing I enjoy the most is the moment when I’m talking to an employer and they understand that they have a pivotal part to play in the solution to ending domestic abuse and sexual violence. That honestly makes me feel very excited because I know it means that more people will receive support than would have done the day before.

Career opportunities

We're looking for people with a passion to change lives, and who identify with our values: respectful, genuine, dedicated, collaborative, courageous. If Hestia sounds like your dream employer, then click here to see our current opportunities.

The Hestia Approach

The Hestia Approach represents our commitment to making the most effective interventions possible in the lives of those who use our services.

Our approach is based on a single principle: in order to add real value to people’s lives it is essential that we work with them as equals. Our expertise and experience of working with people on their recovery journeys is valuable, and we believe this gives us a great deal to contribute, but we never impose our ideas.

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Equality and Diversity

Hestia is proud to be a Disability Confident employer and offers a lot of support to candidates who may require extra help with their disability. To ensure we can support you to the best of our ability, please ensure you complete our Equality and Diversity form as accurate as possible.

We will only highlight any potential disability to our hiring managers so they are aware they may need to offer reasonable adjustments, not only for the interview process but during your employment with Hestia as well. All other information from the Equal Opportunities form is strictly confidential and only available to our HR department.

Samantha Uwadiae, Head of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Hestia said:

“What excites me about joining Hestia is the organisation’s genuine commitment towards creating a more equitable, diverse and inclusive organisation. I appreciate their dedication towards wanting to build an inclusive culture, courage to challenge themselves and admit more needs to be done and willingness to work in collaboration with staff, volunteers, and service users to identify, understand and address inequities. So, their people feel respected and more able to bring their authentic and full selves to work, free of discrimination and barriers”.