Afghan Association Paiwand (Paiwand) is a registered charity and limited company founded in 2002. Paiwand aims to benefit the Afghan and other Refugee and Migrant communities in the United Kingdom through reducing poverty, advancing education, and relieving suffering through a number of services including advocacy, mental health support, supplementary education, social support, accommodation for unaccompanied minors, youth and mentoring services and others. It currently assists over 2000 beneficiaries each year throughout North and North West London.
Aims of the post
- To support unaccompanied and former unaccompanied minor young men with settling into semi-independent living in the UK;
- To create a welcoming and safe space for residents throughout the supported accommodation service;
- To provide an efficient service that adheres to the best practice, working closely with partners including Local Authority children’s services, colleges, healthcare providers and the job centre
- To promote Paiwand’s services
- To form new partnerships and strengthen current ones
- To look for opportunities to maintain/expand current housing arrangements
Main duties and responsibilities
The Housing Manager will have an overall responsibility to manage and oversee the following areas with the help of a small team of staff and volunteers:
- To oversee and support up to 12 young residents (all male, 16-21);
- To conduct needs assessments with young people;
- To draw up Action Plans in accordance with social services’ outcomes for each child and ensuring their progress;
- To signpost and liaise with relevant professionals on behalf of each young person;
- Key work duties for young people, including scheduling and assigning some key work duties to Accommodation & Development Manager. Key work duties include attending and advocating at appointments with college, health settings, legal meetings, Home Office, court, job centre.
- To be the main point of contact for individual social workers from looked-after children teams;
- To attend LAC review meetings and follow up on actions discussed;
- To maintain accurate files for each young person, including action plans and copies of all important documents;
- To be on-call on designated evenings and/or weekends;
- To run monthly life skills workshops (CV writing, mental wellbeing, sexual health, etc.) for residents from each house.
- To maintain domestic aspects of the houses in order
- To make sure, the residents’ needs are fulfilled
- To promote a culture of care amongst young people
- To develop and maintain a database of services
- To make sure all the safeguarding procedures are in place and up to date
- To keep all related documents, certificates and licences updated
- To manage the housing budget as planned
- To develop cost effective methods for house maintenance
Monitoring and Evaluation
- To report monthly and annually to the Director
- Monthly reporting on each young person’s progress to social services;
- To participate in the collection of data for monitoring and evaluation of Paiwand’s supported accommodation services;
- To maintain the confidentiality of clients with external parties at all times unless authorised otherwise by the line manager.
- To abide by and promote Afghan Association Paiwand’s Equal Opportunities policy;
- To take positive action to encourage the participation of service users who experience discrimination for reasons of gender, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or health status.
- To participate in the development and review of the supported accommodation services guidelines and protocols;
- To work in accordance with Afghan Association Paiwand’s policies and procedures.
Networking and publicity
- To publicise Paiwand’s supported accommodation services to potential partners through visits to projects, community organisations and statutory services;
- To work collaboratively with said organisations to ensure effective partnership and promote best practice.
- To attend and participate in regular supervision with the Director
- To take part in training and professional development
- To manage own Housing team meetings
- To participate in cover arrangements for absent colleagues;
- To carry out other relevant duties at the request of the Director
- To systemise the Housing project and keep a good record of all procedures
- To be flexible in working hours – occasional evening and weekend work will be required for which time off in lieu will be given. The Housing Manager is encouraged to work flexitime and manage his/her own schedule to ensure he/she is not working excessive overtime.