Project Worker

Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol
£23,369 - £24,799 per annum
31 May 2019
19 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Project Worker – Southwold House

We are offering an opportunity for you to join our medium to low support hostel team, at Southwold House, based in Yate, to provide high quality support and housing management for homeless young people (including care leavers).

1625 Independent People (1625ip) is a leading youth homeless charity based in the South West, working with over 2,500 young people. We have strong local partnerships and adhere to the best practice in the sector, thereby building trusting relationships between young people and 1625ip staff is at the core of our work.

What we are looking for:

  • You have empathy and understanding of the needs of homeless young people, young people leaving care, and the barriers they face.
  • You have a real interest in helping young people develop their confidence and their independent living skills, and in working with young people to arrange activities and involvement opportunities.
  • You are skilled in engaging vulnerable people and enabling them to build positive and trusting relationships, which can be used as a tool for change.
  • You are hardworking, willing to be flexible in your role and able to commit to working shifts.
  • You confidently manage competing demands whilst remaining positive and focussed.

Whilst experience of working in the supported housing sector would be desirable, it is not essential - having a positive, can do attitude is the most important thing.

What you will be doing:

  • Managing a caseload by providing regular support sessions to assess and record support needs and risks; to support young people to achieve positive outcomes, their goals and aspirations, breaking down barriers to achievement and move on.
  • Ensuring that hostel communal areas are clean and checking the building for any health and safety concerns – reporting to maintenance as needed.
  • Overseeing the security of the building and managing challenging behaviour within the hostel when it happens.
  • Making effective decisions that safeguard and promote the welfare of young people and manage risk.
  • Carrying out housing management of the scheme, including signing young people up and explaining the licence agreements, monitoring and encouraging residents to pay rent, managing breaches of licence agreements and maintaining accurate and up to date records relating to housing management.

This role offers a great opportunity to further 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 and we will provide a full induction and ongoing training.

You will be in the South Gloucestershire team and your line manager will be the Hostel Team Leader – Southwold House.

What we are offering:

  • 30 days holiday (pro rata for part time) or a day in lieu if working a Bank Holiday.
  • Regular supervision, yearly Personal Development Reviews and a supportive team, enhanced through monthly Reflective Practice sessions, where colleagues learn from their own and others’ experiences.
  • A listening and learning environment, with regular Wellbeing Surveys.
  • Employer pension contribution of 4%.

Contract details: 

  • Hours per week: 30 (working on a rota providing cover Monday – Friday); 30 hours represents 0.75 FTE
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Pay: £23,369 - £24,799 per annum (pro rata based on 0.75 FTE)
  • Scale:  NJC 16-19 starting at the bottom of the scale (based on revised NJC scales as of 01 April 2019)
  • The location: You will be based in Southwold House in Yate, within walking distance of the train station with excellent links to central Bristol.

Important dates:

  • Application deadline closes: 09:00 on 19/06/2019.
  • If you have not heard from us by 21/06/2019 please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.
  • Interviews are on 26/06/2019

Click apply below for further information and to download an application pack! 

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Equal opportunities for everyone:

We safeguard and promote the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Any job offer will depend on a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Barred List Disclosure Check. 

We believe those with a criminal record should have an equal chance to become employees or volunteers.  We also pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer for everyone regardless of age, disability, gender identity, race, religion and beliefs, sex and sexual orientation. We are particularly keen to increase applications from Black and Minority Ethnic groups as they are currently under-represented.

Please see our Policies section on the website, for further information.   If you need an adjustment made to any part of the recruitment process, please let us know as soon as possible.