Looking for an opportunity to build an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in the homeless sector but have no direct experience in this line of work? If you are passionate about making a real difference by working with vulnerable people and have transferrable skills, we would love to hear from you!
Evolve Housing + Support is a leading homelessness charity in London, providing housing and support to over 1,300 people each year. We offer support tailored to meet people’s individual needs, including housing, employment and skills training, mentoring and counselling.
This is our second programme in response to the impact of Covid-19. We understand how the pandemic has affected employment across a wide range of industries and at the same time the demand for our vital homelessness service increases, so we designed this programme to create opportunities for people to step into a new career with us.
We are offering roles across our supported housing services in London, located in the boroughs of Croydon, Bromley, Lambeth, and Kensington & Chelsea. Successful applicants will be placed in a service and will work with the customers who live there to help them to reach their potential and improve their quality of life. The role will build on customer care, health and safety, flexibility, adaptability and other skills to assist homeless individuals who are unable to live independently, by offering them the practical and emotional support they need to regain their independence. The attached role profile gives more specific information.
Many of the skills, values and behaviours developed in the hospitality, retail, travel, leisure and other industries can easily be transferred to the homelessness sector. The ability to think on your feet, work hard to provide someone with a quality service and create safe working environments all fit with our support worker profile. The Career Change Programme includes full training both on and off the job, starting with a comprehensive one-month training package to develop skills specific to the work we do and build on your transferable skills, values and behaviours.
Successful applicants will also have the opportunity to pass their skills on to our homeless residents through workshops or classes organised by the team. We encourage all colleagues to find creative and inspiring ways to engage with our residents and teach them new skills to help them on their journey to independence. This includes cooking, interview, dance and music workshops.
Previous Career Change trainees have had a variety of experiences and jobs: ski instructors, teachers, cabin crew and in the TV production and football industries, to name a few. This programme has been designed for people changing career, we particularly welcome those with lived experience of homelessness and we also welcome applications from recent students or those out of work who have transferrable skills that they can bring to the role.
Evolve Housing + Support is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from all sections of the community, including people who have experienced homelessness themselves. Equality, diversity and inclusion are key objectives for us and we reflect this in our recruitment practices, actively seeking applications from all parts of the community regardless of race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability. In line with our Opportunity Promise our shortlisting process will ensure we have a diverse group of candidates from underrepresented ethnic groups invited to interview.
Please ensure that your answers give a clear outline of how your application meets the criteria for this role using the job description and person specification.
In return we offer our colleagues:
a competitive salary, comprehensive training and development programme, days annual leave plus bank holidays, increasing each year to 30 days annual leave - plus bank holidays
option to buy or sell annual leave up to one week’s annual leave
a healthcare cash plan providing cash back towards healthcare bills and other wellbeing benefits
occupational sick pay
contributory group pension scheme
free life assurance
cycle to work scheme, tech scheme and season ticket loans.