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NLA - High Support Project Worker X 3

closing date 4 Sep

Job Summary

Contract Type: Full Time/Permanent
Advert Start Date: 10 August, 2017
Advert End Date: 04 September, 2017
Salary: £20,661 - £22,658 per year (NJC scale 22 - 25) per year starting at the bottom of the scale.
Location: Please refer to job summary
Weekly Hours: 40
Job Category: Non-Local Authority Job
Vacancy Ref: NLA/1625/High Support Project Worker/KH

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1625 Independent People
High Support Project Worker x 3

Closing Date: 5pm Monday 4 September 2017
Interviews: Thursday 14 September 2017

About us
1625 Independent People prevents youth homelessness in the South West and has been helping 16-25 year olds reboot their lives through housing and support for over 30 years.

Our service works because we keep young people's needs at the centre of all delivery.

With around 100 staff in four locations, we provide housing support and advice to around 2500 young people per year. We’re one of the brightest youth organisations in the South West, leaders in our field, no other organisation in the area has the same wealth of experience.

You can read more about what we do and who we are.

About the job
(Please read the full job description for more detail)
Terms, conditions and benefits:
• Pay: £20,661 to £22,658 (NJC 22-25) per year starting at the bottom of the scale.
• Contract type: Permanent.
• This is a full time post, 40 hours per week.
• 30 days' annual leave plus Bank Holidays.
• Free Health Scheme with UK Healthcare.
• Pension - Employer contributes 4% and employees contribute a minimum of 0.8%, (see Summ of T&Cs below).
• There is a requirement to work flexibly as required, which will include occasional evening and weekend work and participation in the managers’ on call rota.
• You will need to travel across Bristol so you must have either a full driving licence and access to a vehicle or the equivalent ability to travel with reasonable adjustments.

The job is based at one of our two high support hostels, Bristol Foyer and St George's House, Bristol.

You’ll be working in the High Support Team and line managed by the Deputy Project Manager.

We have vacancies for three Project Worker roles which offer a great opportunity to join our highly motivated and skilled High Support Team. The team collectively provide supported accommodation for homeless young people (including care leavers) within our two higher support hostels, located in central Bristol. You will join them in providing support and practical help to enable them to develop their independent living skills including managing a home to enable them to work towards their aspirations and successfully move on.

Your role as Project Worker will include having a case load of around 13 young people who you will see for an hour at least once a week. You will support young people to manage their housing and develop the skills to live independently as part of a wider community, to enable our overall goal of empowering each young person and enabling their independence.

In the same way that no two young people are the same, neither are any two working days, and your work will be variable, interesting, at times challenging but never dull! We are currently looking for people who are resilient and comfortable working in a stimulating and dynamic environment.

These roles offer a great opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and experience in support work, particularly within supported accommodation. Our commitment as a learning organisation means you will be able to develop in the role with a view to securing future opportunities.

The team are very supportive of each other and you will take part in monthly, facilitated reflective practice sessions to improve your own and the team's practice, with an overall aim of improving outcomes for young people.

Supported by our psychologically informed approaches, an average day might include:
• Planned key work sessions with young people, assisting them with achieving personal goals.
• Supporting young people to maximise their income and minimise debts including management rent arrears.
• Attending a multi-agency meeting.

About you

You have empathy and understanding of the needs of homeless young people, young people leaving care, and the barriers they face. You like being around and working with young people.

You are person centred, with strong organisational skills able to prioritise your workload.

You are flexible, assertive and resilient in order to develop effective working relationships with young people and engage a variety of personalities.

You are creative in promoting equality of opportunity to all of the young people who use our services.

You have a well-developed sense of how to set and maintain boundaries, confidentiality and how to communicate well with young people - individually and in groups.

You are comfortable assessing and working with appropriate risk whilst being able to manage health and safety.

You have strong record-keeping, administration, IT and time management skills.

You are able to manage a caseload effectively. A working knowledge of the issues that young people or other vulnerable groups need support with is critical.

Ideally you have experience of working in either the housing or support sector. Experience of support planning and rent management would also be an advantage.
Interested?

Closing Date: 5pm Monday 4 September 2017
Interviews: Thursday 14 September 2017

We believe in equal opportunities for everyone – you can read our full statement on our website.

If you’d like to have an informal chat about the role please contact Vicky Holder, Deputy Project Manager on vicky.holder@1625ip.co.uk

Download the documents in the Job Pack at www.1625ip.co.uk/careers or email jobs@1625ip.co.uk 0117 317 8800.

NOTE: This is not a Local Authority post and applicants will need to satisfy themselves with regard to condition of service.