Recovery Support Worker (Rough sleeping) - The Bridge Project


The Bridge Project


35 Salem Street, Bradford, BD1 4QH

Job Type:

Full Time

Closing Date:



The Bridge Project

Job Description:
The project aims to improve the lives and well-being of people with multiple needs who are experiencing, or are at risk of, rough sleeping who have drug and alcohol dependence needs. The intention is to build resilience and capacity in local drug and alcohol treatment systems to continue to meet the needs of this population in future years.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • In respect of clients identified for the project to work closely with the Navigator, to provide assertive and persistent support to ensure effective engagement with relevant services to meet the client’s needs, achieve goals and outcomes.
  • Work closely with services in offering solutions to behaviours identified.
  • Liaise with the Navigation Team to identify clients who want to focus on their aspirations and goals.
  • Build trust and good rapport with clients based on your own lived experiences.
  • Work collaboratively with agencies, the client, and their personal support network to collate all relevant information to co-produce individualised and flexible support plans and risk assessments.
  • Provide assertive and persistent support to ensure effective engagement with relevant services to meet client needs, achieve goals and personal aspirations.
  • Regularly review and address barriers to progress and bring to the attention of staff any changes in presentation.
  • Provide crisis intervention and work to identify and overcome triggers that may cause disengagement.
  • Maintain appropriate client records and administrative systems linked to the service.
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with a range of partner organisations and services.
  • Make recommendations to raise standards of practice and service delivery if required.
  • Attend regular team meetings and other organisational meetings as required.
  • Apply reflective practice skills to evaluate work carried out by self.
  • Participate in personal and professional development, updating knowledge as appropriate.
  • Fully participate in Bridge’s supervision and support structures.
  • Recognise one’s own personal and professional limitations and boundaries and discuss these at supervision and related support meetings.
  • To undertake any additional duties, as directed by management which are commensurate with this post.

£18,525 p/a (fixed term until 31/03/2025)
Working week - contracted hours / full time / part time:
37.5 hours per week, 9am to 5.00pm (Monday-Friday)
Number of vacancies:
1 Vacancy
Closing date for applications:
25th October 2022
Duration – Perm / temp:
Fixed term until 31st March 2025
Qualifications and Level of Education required for role:

  • Experience of working (employed or volunteer capacity) with people experiencing either homelessness, substance misuse, re-offending behaviour or mental ill-health needs.
  • Lived Experience of Addiction
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the needs of chronically excluded and vulnerable people.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely at all levels (both orally and in writing)
  • 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 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.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Personal experience of social exclusion or recovery.
  • Experience of lone working and personal safety.
  • Experience of working with and managing risk therapeutically.
  • Previous experience of working within a partnership environment or with other agencies.
  • Knowledge of rough sleeping/homelessness
  • Knowledge of causes and effects related to social inclusion and the barriers that can prevent access to services.
  • Ability to identify discrimination in its many forms.
  • 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.
  • Willingness to work within a performance managed environment and contribute to performance reporting.
  • IT literate i.e. able to use Microsoft Office packages including Word and Outlook.
  • Willingness to contribute to the training and development of others.
  • Full driving license and access to own transport

Driving Licence Required? (Yes/No):
Desirable but not essential
Training provided:
On the job training will be provided with this role

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