Peer Mentor - Gwent

Contract:
Contract
Category:
Part Time
Job Sector:
Administration / Office Work, Charity / Not for Profit, HR / Training
Region:
South Wales
Location:
Blaenau Gwent
Salary description:
£16, 322 per annum pro rata
Posted:
01/11/2019
Start Date:
ASAP
Recruiter:
The Wallich
Job Ref:
1066BPMG


Peer Mentor - Gwent

Reports To: BOSS Projects Manager

Term: Fixed term for 2 years until 31st October 2021

Based At: Bridgend

Salary: £16,322 per annum pro rata

Hours of work: 16 hours per week, working between the hours of Monday - Friday 9.00 - 17.00 (working pattern to be agreed)

Closing Date: 20 Nov 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 unconditional positive regard. The Wallich is committed to providing services that are trauma informed and delivered with Psychologically Informed Environments (PIE) at the heart of its support. A PIE is an approach to supporting people out of homelessness whilst making significant and positive progress in overcoming trauma, substance misuse and mental illness. It also considers the psychological needs of staff: developing skills and knowledge, increasing motivation, job satisfaction and resilience. At the heart of what we do are the people we support, who are actively and meaningfully involved in their own support and encouraged to participate in the design, development and delivery of services.

Project Description

BOSS (Building Opportunities, Skills & Success) is an innovative National Lottery Community Fund and Moondance Foundation funded programme for people with offending backgrounds. The project is now in its second phase after continuation of funding. BOSS aims to reduce reoffending and unemployment by providing pre & post-release mentoring and support to men and women across South Wales

The second phase of BOSS will support people with offending backgrounds to improve their resilience, wellbeing and employability through intense mentoring and support, providing access to counselling and psychotherapy, and creating access to learning and training opportunities. The project will continue to work with corporate partners to create sustainable pathways into employment.

Purpose of Role

The post holder will support the team with their delivery of the BOSS training programmes,  prison based learning programme of pre-employment soft skills, community based interventions and provide effective administration support to the project.

The post holder will be responsible for assessing, managing and allocating referrals into the project from external partners

Provide mentoring and peer support to BOSS Project beneficiaries, working alongside other areas of The Wallich and stakeholders.  This role falls within the Participation & Progression Team supporting the implementation of the Involvement, Learning, Volunteering Strategy.

This post is subject to satisfactory a Basic Disclosure.

Person Profile

Experience & Qualification

  • Lived experience of the Criminal Justice System and/or Homelessness is essential
  • Experience of recording your work in paper or digital systems is desirable
  • Experience of working with vulnerable people
  • Experience of delivering support is desirable

Personal Qualities & Competencies

  • Understand the importance of confidentiality
  • Able to engage with a variety of people, understanding and valuing diversity
  • Able to manage conflict and deal with challenging situations.
  • Able to work within professional boundaries
  • Able to build beneficial relationships with a range of agencies
  • Act as role model to BOSS Project service users

Other

  • Ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable but not essential.
  • Access to own vehicle is desirable but not essential.

Interview date: 28th & 29th November 2019

New employees are required to attend a 5 day Organisational Induction at the start of their employment.

To apply, please visit our website by clicking here or the “Apply Now” button below

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:
20/11/2019

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