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Support Worker, Paignton

  • Job reference: 22154
  • Location: Totnes, Devon
  • Job type: Temporary
  • Area of Expertise: Housing Support
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Job description: Support Worker, Totnes
A large Devon based housing association is recruiting for a support worker to provide a high quality, outcomes-focused support service to a wide range of client groups in Totnes. These include people with mental health issues, alcohol or drug issues, a history of offending, people with learning, physical or sensory impairments and long-term conditions, younger or older people with support needs, teenage parents and people at risk of domestic abuse or homelessness.

The Role
This role is based within a supported housing service offering accommodation for 7 residents in self-contained flats. You will be required to work alone for the majority of the time. Residents at have assured short hold tenancies and are expected to move on from the project within 2 years.
The focus of the role is to provide appropriate support, encouragement and advice according to the residents of the scheme, in line with their individual needs to enable them to settle into and maintain their accommodation and their own wellbeing, and later to move on.
As Support Worker, you will work within a team providing housing related support to people with mental health support needs, who have been referred by the Devon Partnership Trust (DPT). Your key responsibilities will be to:
*Support people to recover meaning, purpose, choice and control in their lives
*Ensure services promote independence and inclusion
*Provide housing advice and support
*Ensure residents and applicants are well informed so that they can communicate their needs and views and make informed choices.
*Ensure residents are consulted about the services provided and are offered opportunities to be involved in their running.
*Liaise with the Services Manager and work closely with the local authority and other partners ensuring appropriate referrals are made and that the service has a referral process and eligibility criteria in place. Manage the waiting list for accommodation and establish applicants' priority for accommodation according to agreed criteria
*Ensure that residents receive appropriate support, encouragement and advice according to their individual needs to enable them to settle into or maintain their accommodation.
*Take a proactive approach to the prevention of anti-social behaviour (ASB) including effective partnership working.

The Candidate
The be considered for this role, it is essential that you have prior support work experience, and that you are able to work well as part of a team, as well as have the ability to work on your own initiative. Problem solving and the ability to think on your feet are key skills to assist in effective support delivery.
You will have experience of working with people, either in a paid or voluntary capacity and an understanding of the range of difficulties facing people and also how to enable people reach their potential. Due to the nature of the role, it would also be a benefit if you have experience of lone working and feel confident in managing challenging behaviour and crisis situations.
Due to the nature of the clients it is essential that you have an enhanced DBS.

The Contract
This is a short-term contract with an immediate start date. The role is full-time working 36.25 hours per week.

How to Apply
To apply for this role, please email you CV to lee. mcmillan @ servicecare. org. uk, alternatively, you can call Lee to discuss the vacancy on 01772 208 966.