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Project Worker – Housing First

Job Description:

This is an exciting opportunity for a Project worker with relevant experience to join the dynamic Housing First  Team in Bradford. The project worker will primarily support victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse.

We are looking to recruit a Project Worker to join our existing 5 team members.

The aim of housing first is to successfully support people with repeat histories of homelessness, who experience multiple disadvantages, into independent and stable accommodation.

The principles of housing first are:

  • People have a right to a home.
  • Flexible support is provided for as long as is needed.
  • Housing and support are separated.
  • Individuals have choice and control.
  • An active engagement approach is used.
  • People are supported to identify their strengths, goals, and aspirations.
  • A harm reduction approach is used.

Always working within these principles, the project workers will utilise an assertive engagement approach to encourage clients to access the project and thereafter provide flexible, client-centred and individualised casework support. The project worker will be working with in an outreach capacity to enable clients to access the services and interventions they need to build their resilience, gain confidence, and acquire the personal and social assets they need to meet their aspirations.

Wage: £25.170 per annum

Employer Name & Location: The Bridge Project, 35 Salem Street, Bradford, BD1 4QH

Working week - contracted hours: Full time

Number of vacancies & closing date for applications: 1 vacancy, closing date Tuesday 3rd August

Duration – Perm / temp: Contract funded initially for 12 months with the possibility of extension

Essential and desirable skills:

Essential

  • Qualified to Social Care Level 3 or equivalent or qualified through appropriate life or job experience.
  • Within the last 3 years at least one year’s experience of successfully delivering advice or support in a health, social care, homelessness or offender service setting.
  •  Experience of working (employed or volunteer capacity) with people experiencing either homelessness, substance misuse, re-offending behaviour or mental ill-health needs.
  • Experience of working with and managing risk therapeutically.
  • Previous experience of working within a partnership environment or with other agencies.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the needs of chronically excluded and vulnerable people.
  • Knowledge of the range of services available for people with multiple and complex needs.
  • Knowledge of relevant practice in relation to safeguarding vulnerable groups, including children.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely at all levels (both orally and in writing)
  • Experience of effectively managing risks associated with personal safety.
  • Skilled at preparing reports and letters and maintaining a care record to a high professional standard.
  • IT literate i.e. able to use Microsoft Office packages including Word and Outlook.
  • Willingness to work flexibly in terms of hours, including out of office hours.
  • Committed to own professional development.
  • Able to travel independently within Bradford.
  • Willingness to keep abreast of relevant professional developments and to undertake training for the post.
  • The post-holder must adhere to Bridge Policies/Guidelines in force within the organisation.
  • Willingness to contribute to the training and development of others.
  • Willingness to work within a performance managed environment and contribute to performance reporting.
  • Willingness to undertake regular supervision and appraisal in line with Bridge policies and actively participate in own professional/personal development.
  • Conform to standards of dress, which reflects a professional service.
  • Full driving license and access to own transport for the purpose of transporting clients in connection with the role and  insurance for this purpose

Desirable

  • Personal experience of social exclusion or recovery.
  • Experience of lone working and personal safety.
  • Experience of working with victims or perpetrators of domestic violence.
  • Knowledge of causes and effects related to social inclusion and the barriers that can prevent access.
  • Ability to identify discrimination in its many forms.
  • Basic understanding of Housing Law

Understanding of Trauma Informed Care approaches

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