Support Worker (Blaenau Gwent East)

Contract:
Permanent
Category:
Full Time
Job Sector:
Nursing / Social Care
Region:
South Wales
Location:
Blaenau Gwent
Salary description:
£16, 322 per annum
Posted:
17/08/2018
Start Date:
ASAP
Recruiter:
The Wallich
Job Ref:
771SW


Support Worker - Blaenau Gwent East

Reports To: Project Manager

Term: Permanent

Based At: Mainly Blaenau Gwent (East) with flexibility in work in the West

Salary: £16, 322 per annum

Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

Closing Date: 20 Aug 2018 12:00PM

Introduction

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 project operates across Blaenau Gwent (East) with flexibility to work throughout the whole of Blaenau Gwent, working with vulnerable adults providing 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.

Also, to provide a proactive night time presence within the project to promote quiet and peaceful occupation of its residents/visitors. To respond to disturbances, emergencies and other housing management functions according to procedure and provide ad-hoc support to residents in response to demand. To assist with the organisations lone working and arrangement of out of hours resources.

Person Profile

Knowledge

  • Basic knowledge of Homelessness Law, the Criminal Justice System and DWP Benefits.
  • Basic knowledge of how complex needs, such as substance misuse and mental health, can affect individuals and their vulnerability.
  • Basic knowledge of how your personal life can affect your own performance and attendance.
  • An understanding of the need for proffesional boundaries.

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.
  • Experience of engaging with diverse people in a non-judgemental way.
  • Experience of dealing with challenging situations.

Other

  • Confident and able to lone work on own iniative
  • Driving licence and own vehicle essential
  • Ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable but not essential

Please note: Interview to be held 4th August 2018

New starters at The Wallich are required to complete a 5 day induction in Cardiff at the commencement of their employment.

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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:
20/08/2018

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