Women’s Hostel Support Worker

Women’s Hostel Support Worker

Do you believe everyone should have a place to call home and the chance to lead a fulfilling life?

HARP is a Southend-on-Sea charity working to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people to transform their lives. Each day our staff work with individuals to tackle the underlying causes of homelessness, such as poor mental health or drug and alcohol dependency. From supporting people in crisis to helping them take the final steps towards independence and employment, we make a difference to 1200 lives every year.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to join the team to help HARP to End Rough Sleeping by 2018.

This opportunity is at White Heather House, which provides both medium and short term accommodation to women affected by homelessness. The service operates a model of personalised support in order to address a wide range of presenting needs. Those we support are often affected by substance misuse, unemployment, physical health and mental health issues. Whatever their story, we aim for the same ending; self-esteem, employability and independent living. The team work with service users to address their support needs in a holistic way, with a view to supporting them into independent housing in the community when they are ready to do so.

This role is a Monday, Tuesday and Saturday post and may include an element of lone working.

Job Title: Women’s Hostel Support Worker

Salary: Point 14 – 17 starting at £16,781 pro rata rising incrementally to £17,772 pro rata pa

Location: Southend-on-Sea

Permanent, 16 hours per week

Ref: WHSW1

To be considered for this role, you will need to demonstrate the ability to work within a highly effective, person centred accommodation service for service users with multiple and complex needs that include substance use and mental health. This experience must include the holistic assessment of need, support and risk, and multi-agency casework planning.

Organised, adaptable, and an excellent communicator, you will be enthusiastic about working in a psychologically informed environment, and creative in your approach to service delivery. You are resilient in, and motivated by, a constantly changing and busy environment. A good understanding of the regulatory and financial environment within which accommodation based support operates is essential.

We are happy to consider applicants without experience in this field that can demonstrate empathy and an enthusiasm for the role.

HARP operates a workplace pension through The People’s Pension. You will automatically be enrolled into the pension scheme if you qualify. In this case, HARP will make a contribution to the pension and you will also be required to make a contribution (which will be made via a deduction from your pay).

Further information is provided separately which includes details of contributions and how to contact the pension provider. HARP reserves the right to change pension provider at its absolute discretion.

If you are interested in this position the job description and person specification detailing the Technical and Professional knowledge required and an application form can be found at our website.

If you would like to discuss this role please contact Diane Ainslie, Service Manager on 01702 430696.

To apply, download an application from our website www.harpsouthend.org.uk (click on “Get Involved” and then “Careers”) or contact: Clive Franceschi on 01702 615000

Closing date:               7th December 2017 (noon)

Shortlisting:                 8th December 2017

Interview dates:           15th December 2017

Charity No: 1098126               Registered Provider of Social Housing no.4742

HARP is an Equal Opportunities Employer