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Homelessness Services Worker  Closing date for applications 15th May 2020


Context


As a Homelessness Services Worker you will be at the front line of Maninplace, delivering an essential element of our service to people who have become homeless or have been rough living. From the first phone call to a warm welcome at the front door, you will offer our customers a friendly face and a welcoming service that seeks to bring security and assurances for those experiencing a time of uncertainty.


Hours of work


20 hours per week working to a 2-week rolling rota involving evening shifts and weekends.


Salary & benefits


Initial 12-month contract
£8.46 per hour (annual salary £9,110).

Access to work-based pension, annual leave entitlement and mileage expenses for in work travel.


Qualifications & Experience


Qualifications in Maths and English at level GCSE and above, must be computer literate and have experience of working with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.  Experience in support work, housing and the homelessness sector would be advantageous.


Responsible to:


Homelessness Services Team Leader


Location of work


Emergency accommodation known as the Night Inn, Telford.

Job Summary


This Homelessness Services Worker welcomes new customers to the emergency accommodation known as the Night Inn, ensuring that necessary administration is completed, settling them into the accommodation and assisting with queries. The post holder will be responsible for maintaining high standards of cleanliness throughout the building and accommodation units, as well as maintaining appropriate standards of behaviour, ensuring a safe and secure stay for all customers. Responding out of normal office hours, you will be the first response to outside agencies referring rough sleepers to the service, helping to create a wider network of support for the homeless in Telford.


Duties & Responsibilities



Abilities


The successful candidate will have great people skills, able to deal with clients from all backgrounds in a non-judgmental way and be able to communicate successfully with external agencies such as the police and Council. Equally important is a willingness to get stuck in with cleaning tasks and simple maintenance. A caring and conscientious person who is also confident to challenge inappropriate behaviour and to work alone for much of the time would be an ideal candidate. Experience of housing, social care, issues around substance misuse and the criminal justice system would be an advantage, but not essential.


Additional requirements



Person specifications

Essential

Desirable

Experience of working (including volunteering) in housing, social care, community work or support.

X


Experience of correct management of challenging behaviours.

X


Have proven experience of lone working

X


Confident to address challenging behaviour and difficult situations appropriately, and to make swift, reasoned decisions that fit within the policy and procedure framework of Maninplace.

X


An understanding of the complex issues likely to be presented by vulnerable people, including mental and physical ill health, sexualised behaviour, drug and alcohol abuse, anti-social behaviour and criminal offending.

X


Experience of administrative tasks and record keeping.

X


Computer literacy and familiarity with Microsoft Office products  

X


Positive, non-judgmental, mature outlook

X


Calm, non-confrontational demeanour.

X


Effective communication skills, both verbal and written.

X


An basic understanding of issues surrounding homelessness  

X


Ability to work with customers who may have disabilities or cultural sensitivities.

X


Ability to communicate and work alongside external agencies.

X


Ability to lone work safely and assess risk factors.

X


Ability work both independently and as a member of a team.

X


Full UK driving licence and access to a car or other enclosed means of transport insured for business use.


X

Qualifications at level GCSE in English and Maths

X


Qualification in Housing, Health, Social Care, Youth Work or security disciplines


X

Basic qualifications in ICT


X

Experience of providing advice and guidance


X

Understanding of substance misuse, mental ill-health and the criminal justice system.


X

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