Lead Worker

Job Title: Lead Workers Ref: LWESOS-0819 Salary: Grade D £28,215- £30,213   incl 6.5% employer contributory  pension scheme Hours: 37.5 per […]

Job Title: Lead Workers

Ref: LWESOS-0819
Salary: Grade D £28,215- £30,213   incl 6.5% employer contributory  pension scheme
Hours: 37.5 per week
Location:  East Surrey
Number of posts: 1
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (12 months)
Closing Date:  Midnight 22nd August 2019
Interview Date: TBC

This is an exciting opportunity to join our East Surrey Outreach Service, supporting rough sleepers with complex needs to move away from the streets and access and sustain accommodation and support. The team work across 4 councils in the region – Epsom and Ewell, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead and Tandridge – and work closely with housing departments in each council to ensure there is a prompt and effective response to rough sleeping.

As lead worker you will:

-Reduce the total number of people rough sleeping by directly case working individuals with complex needs, quickly identifying the most appropriate route off the streets and devising a plan for achieving this

-Focus on improving local response to rough sleeping by coordinating joint working between agencies

-Identify gaps in provision and create new pathways off of the streets for complex rough sleepers

This is a challenging but extremely rewarding role that requires you to assertively reinforce our message that rough sleeping is an unsafe choice and give individuals you meet clear information about their available options and the necessary encouragement and support so they can make an informed choice to move away from the street.

At Thames Reach we are committed to helping homeless and vulnerable people to live in decent homes, build supportive relationships and lead fulfilling lives. Our vision is to end street homelessness and our aim is to achieve the highest standards and effectiveness in service delivery to vulnerable people.

If you are looking to use your existing knowledge and experience of working with homeless people to move into a role where you will have more influence and responsibility and be able to work to resolve the homelessness of some of the most complex rough sleeping clients in East Surrey this may be the opportunity you are looking for.

This post will give you the opportunity to build on your ability to carry out assessments, identify options, devise plans to achieve these and oversee a multi-agency problem solving approach with people who may have a history of challenging services.

With the help of our experienced senior staff and management, you will be supported and trained to use your strong communication and creative problem-solving skills to enable you to create and deliver options for people where these may be hard to find. You will receive regular supervision from experienced staff who will both guide your work and encourage and facilitate your personal development.

To be successful you’ll need to have the interpersonal skills and the commitment, patience and perseverance required to work with a case load of complex rough sleepers and the confidence in public speaking to enable you to represent Thames Reach and speak about our work to our partners. As we work in partnership with enforcement agencies such as the Police and local authority enforcement teams, you’ll be comfortable doing this and will be able to speak to others about the benefits of this joint working approach.

You will have the confidence and knowledge to supervise volunteers and the strong I.T skills needed to be able to collect, collate and interpret information and statistics on rough sleeping and present these in external meetings.

While a large proportion of your time will be spent working day shifts Monday-Friday, you will be flexible and able to work late and early shifts and weekends as required.

As well as a great working environment we also offer:

-6.5% employer pension contribution.

-Development opportunities.

-29 days annual leave plus bank holidays.

-Reimbursement of the cost of annual eye test

-Season ticket/cycle loan

-Flexible Working

-EAP services

Thames Reach is committed to achieving a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We value, respect, and celebrate diversity. We welcome and encourage applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their history of homelessness, sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, or religious belief.

If you have any questions about this role please contact outreach@thamesreach.org.uk

Please download the application pack and return to recruitment@thamesreach.org.uk

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