Homelessness Support Worker
We have an extremely exciting opportunity for 4 people to join our new project as homelessness Support Workers and make a difference.
SMART is delighted to have been awarded funding to provide support for rough sleeping individuals to access a newly developed accommodation unit, Rogers Court. This 20-bed self-contained project will operate closely with our existing rough sleeper services, which includes outreach and tenancy sustainment. The project will accommodate rough sleepers for between 6 months to 2 years.
As a support worker at SMART, you will work across the rough sleeper pathway in Bedford. You will be instrumental in the day to day running of our services, working flexibly within a shift pattern that will include some unsociable hours.
Salary & Terms: £20,557 per annum (pro rata), full-time and part-time roles available. Will include evenings and weekends.
Number of available roles and shift patterns:
2 x 32hr Support Worker roles (daytime shifts, earlies & lates)
1 x 32hr Support Worker role (Nights)
1 x 40hr Support Worker role
1 x 24hr Support Worker role (Nights)
Key Internal Relations: Service Manager, colleagues, volunteers and service users relations
Key External Relations: Bedford Borough Council, Path2Recovery, ELFT, Bedford Borough Council and other key partners
Benefits: 27+ days annual leave + bank holidays / 6% employer pension contribution (after 3 months) / Employee Assistance Programme / Staff Discount scheme (Staff Treats).
About the role
You will assist caseworkers with the implementation of support plans and provide support to service users in the absence of caseworkers. You will be required to help maintain the safety and security of the building and complete basic office duties. Assisting visitors, responding to queries from service users and external agencies are key to this role, so it is crucial that you have good communication skills. You will are required to maintain high professional standards at all times.
For further information regarding the position, please see Job Description below or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SMART CJS is committed to the principles of diversity and equality of opportunity and is striving to ensure that its workforce is representative of the communities it serves.
Clearance for this role: Enhanced DBS.
The closing date for applications is Friday 21st May 2021 at midday.
Interviews will be held on the week commencing 24th May 2021.
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NOTE – To complete the application, you are required to answer the 4 questions below. Because you are unable to save and return to this form, we strongly recommend that you make a note of these questions (you can copy and paste them into a word document) and take your time to answer them before completing the rest of this online application. You can copy and paste them back into the application when you are ready.
1. Describe your understanding of homelessness and rough sleeping.
2. Describe the challenges you believe people who are experiencing homelessness face.
3. Tell us why you are interested in this role and what you think you can bring.
4. If you have any lived or working experience of homelessness, please tell us about it.
You will also be asked to refer to the person specification, (found in the job description) where you will find the skills and experience required for this post. In addition to your responses above, we ask that you state how you feel you meet these criteria. This information will play a significant part in the shortlisting process. Again, we recommend that you write your response first before continuing with this application.
SMART has been delivering services to service users with Complex Needs since 1996.
Our innovative projects are designed to support recovery and reintegration into local communities, build confidence, self-esteem, develop skills and build recovery capital.
We are a small charity with a big heart; putting the service user at the centre of everything we do.
Our mission is to provide safe spaces to work with vulnerable people within our communities, empowering them to make positive changes and take control of their lives. We are proud of our culture and our values to be: Trustworthy, Respectful, Helpful and Honest.