Peripatetic Support Worker - Swansea Substance Misuse Projects

Contract:
Permanent
Category:
Full Time
Job Sector:
Nursing / Social Care
Region:
South Wales
Location:
Swansea
Salary description:
£16, 665 per rota, per annum
Posted:
10/11/2016
Start Date:
ASAP
Recruiter:
The Wallich
Job Ref:
490PSW

Peripatetic Support Worker

Reports To: Project Manager & Assistant Manager

Term: Permanent

Based At: Swansea Substance Misuse Projects

Salary: £16,665 per rota, per annum

Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week, flexible to cover 8.00-8.00 shifts during the day and night, weekdays and weekends. Also to cover 9-5 shifts during the week.

Closing Date: 06 Dec 2016 12:00PM

Introduction

This role is exempt from Schedule 9 of the Equality Act and is only available to female applicants.

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS Disclosure.

The Wallich is a homelessness charity which provides support services to homeless and vulnerably-housed people. The organisation formed in 1978 in Cardiff, and now supports around 4000 people a year across the majority of Local Authorities in Wales. The Wallich's values are of empowerment and treating people with dignity, respect and an unconditional positive regard. The principles of our work are based around solution focused working, harm reduction, and the creation of an environment where the people we support are actively and meaningfully encouraged to be involved in their support, and the development and delivery of services.

Project Description

The projects operates across Swansea, Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot working with homeless or potentially homeless men and women aged 18+, who often have complex needs, such as historic or current substance misuse, offending and/or domestic abuse issues. The service provides residential support with the aim of meeting individuals’ needs, which promote independence and lead to a sustainable move-on. The project also provides housing related support within people’s homes or in the community, with the aim of preventing homelessness and increasing independence.  The project is funded through the Supporting People Programme Grant and is required to meet the Welsh Government’s National Outcomes Framework. The Framework’s four main aims are:

• Promoting Personal and Community Safety

• Promoting Independence and Control

• Promoting Economic Progress and Financial Control

• Promoting Health and Wellbeing

Purpose of Role

To provide residential and floating support that enables and empowers Service Users to address housing and/or personal difficulties, build their skills and confidence, and ultimately improve their ability to maintain their future or current accommodation.  The support will not create or increase dependence. It will ‘do with’ rather than ‘do for’, so it’s likely that support will involve accompanying Service Users initially, in order to familiarise them with an activity or appointment. Support will help people improve their control, understanding and involvement in dealing with the issues that affect them, and assist Service Users to achieve their preferred outcomes. In addition, to assist with the housing management needs of the project ensuring the delivery of a safe, secure and effective service.

The post holder will work across three projects working closely with project teams in providing support for clients in assisting them to address their individual needs and in maintaining their accommodation. Each project has a different remit, so the post holder will need to be flexible and able to adapt their ways of working to suit each project. At two projects clients can consume alcohol or drugs in their allocated accommodation, and the project recognises and respects the fact that people should be allowed to follow their chosen lifestyles, if they so wish. At the other project, abstinence is the goal.

The post holder will cover project staff during periods of absence.

Person Profile

Knowledge

  • Basic knowledge of Homelessness Law, the Criminal Justice System and DWP Benefits.
  • Basic Knowledge of substance misuse and its effects on people, their families and their communities.
  • Basic Knowledge of how complex needs including mental health can affect individuals and their vulnerability.

Experience

  • Experience of / working with vulnerable people.
  • Experience of housing related support or homelessness (this can be from a personal perspective).
  • Experience of delivering support is desirable.
  • Experience of recording your work in paper or digital systems is desirable.

Skills and Abilities

Working with Vulnerable People:

  • Able to engage with diverse people and understand and value diversity.
  • Able to respect personal choice and work non-judgementally with people who hold different views and lifestyles from your own.
  • Able to work within professional boundaries.
  • dAble to manage conflict and deal with challenging situations.
  • Effective interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence.

Community Partnership and Networking:

  • Ability to build beneficial relationships with a range of agencies.
  • Ability to confidently and professionally challenge judgemental stereotypes and inappropriate practice.
  • Confident and able to lone work on own initiative.

Project and Team Working:

  • Ability to form positive working relationships with members of the team and the wider organisation.
  • Ability to prioritise workloads to meet deadlines.
  • Reliable and possess an understanding of how your personal lifestyle can have positive and negative impacts on your own performance and attendance.
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written.
  • Competent using Microsoft Word, Excel and MS Outlook to a basic level.
  • Committed to own continued professional development.

Other

  • Driving licence and own vehicle is essential
  • Flexible and able to cover night shifts and weekends essential
  • Ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable but not essential

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Company Description

The Wallich is a homelessness charity which provides support services to homeless and vulnerably-housed people. The organisation formed in 1978 in Cardiff, and now supports around 4000 people a year across the majority of Local Authorities in Wales. The Wallich's values are of empowerment and treating people with dignity, respect and an unconditional positive regard. The principles of our work are based around solution focused working, harm reduction, and the creation of an environment where the people we support are actively and meaningfully encouraged to be involved in their support, and the development and delivery of services.

Personal Development:

We place an emphasis on personal development for staff at all levels throughout the charity. Our in-house training programme offers a wide range of courses which you will be encouraged to attend to support you to develop whilst working for us. You may also be asked to attend external or vocational learning opportunities as appropriate.

Closing Date:
06/12/2016

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