Senior Support Worker (Mental Health), Housing First Anglesey / Stepping Stones

Contract:
Contract
Category:
Full Time
Job Sector:
Charity / Not for Profit, Nursing / Social Care
Region:
North Wales
Location:
Isle of Anglesey
Salary description:
£20, 071 per annum
Posted:
15/08/2019
Start Date:
ASAP
Recruiter:
The Wallich
Job Ref:
1008SSW

Senior Support Worker, (Menta Health), Housing First Anglesey / Stepping Stones

Reports To: Project Manager

Term: Temporary, up to mid July 2020

Based At: Llangefni, Anglesey

Salary: £20,071 per annum

Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week, 5 days out of 7 - to include one in 5 Saturdays and one in 5 Sundays

Closing Date: 27 Aug 2019 12:00PM

Introduction

The Wallich is a homelessness charity delivering innovative housing and support services to homeless and vulnerably housed people. The Organisation formed in 1978 in Cardiff and now supports around 8000 people a year across Wales. Our work falls into four principal areas:

1. Residential supported housing projects, including direct access hostels, emergency night shelters and accommodation for people with specific issues such as substance misuse, youth services etc.

2. Floating (Tenancy) support projects in which we support people who have tenancy difficulties, sometimes with a contributing health or other need, and are in danger of losing their homes.

3. Prevention or intervention projects supplied through Homelessness Prevention Grant funding which are a broad range of services that prevent homelessness or make life better for homeless people.

4. Participation and Progression services, which are embedded in all our projects enhancing support through providing opportunities for Service Users to take an active part in their community. These services include those designed to enable people to move into meaningful activities including employment and training opportunities.

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 Stepping Stones project operates across Anglesey working with people with mental health needs who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  The project aims to reduce and prevent recurring and long-term homelessness by providing intensive support to move into a fully furnished temporary home for up to 3 months whilst securing a long term tenancy to move on to, where support will continue as needed to maintain their tenancy and engage with the Community Mental Health Team.  The project is funded through the Welsh Government’s Homelessness Prevention Grant

Purpose of Role

To coordinate and provide 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 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.

This post will work supporting clients with a lead need of Mental Health.  The service provides an intensive support package, addressing any issues faced in a creative and innovative way, and works closely with Anglesey County Council Housing Team and BCUHB

This role is subject to an Enhanced DBS Disclosure

Person Profile

Knowledge

  • Knowledge and understanding of current Homelessness Law, the Criminal Justice System, DWP Benefits, and the current legal framework within which you are expected to work.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the current welfare changes and the potential implications to housing related support and vulnerable people.
  • Knowledge of mental health conditions and how these can contribute to, or be affected by, homelessness.
  • Knowledge and understanding of how complex needs, such as substance misuse or mental health, can affect individuals and their vulnerability.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the concept of capacity in relation to mental health and how this affects care and treatment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of how your personal life can have positive and negative impacts on your own performance and attendance.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the need for professional boundaries.

Experience

  • Experience of working with individuals with complex needs, in particular those with serious mental health needs.
  • Experience of housing related support or homelessness (this can be from a personal perspective).
  • Experience of completing needs and risks assessments.
  • Experience of planning and delivering support.
  • Experience of monitoring and recording systems.
  • Experience of working with diverse people in a non-judgemental way.
  • Experience of effectively dealing with challenging situations whilst maintaining professional boundaries.
  • Experience of professionally and effectively representing the wishes and best interests of Service Users and the organisation whilst building beneficial relationships with a range of agencies.
  • Experience of lone working on own initiative and without close supervision.
  • Experience of organising resources and prioritising workloads to meet deadlines.

Other

  • Driving licence and own vehicle is essential.
  • Ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable but not essential.

Interview date: 6th September 2019

All Wallich staff are required to attend 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:
27/08/2019

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