Westminster, London
Up to £22360 per annum + benefits
Job description
Recruiting for a Support Worker to join our Homelessness and Complex Needs Service in Westminster!
GBP 22,360 per annum, 40 hours per week plus 25 days Annual Leave, Pension schemes, Staff discounts, healthcare and more
Edward Alsop Court provides accommodation for men over 50 with complex needs around health, mobility, alcohol use, or personality disorder. There are 29 self-catering beds for men over 35 with low needs, to prepare them for independent living. Specialist support is provided around re-offending behaviour, mental health issues, and substance misuse. EAC implements and promotes supporting people out of homelessness, particularly those with complex trauma or a diagnosis of personality disorder. The post holder will work at Edward Alsop Court Hostel a support accommodation service for men with complex needs supporting men with complex substance use, mental and physical health and offending behaviours, and those who are nearing their end of life. The project offers 24 hour high support providing 79 bed spaces. Support is delivered by a team of Support Workers, Specialist Support Workers and Night Support Workers.
Key Responsibilities:
- Undertake key-working responsibilities for a service-user caseload assigned by the Team Leader/ Manager
- Empowering and providing holistic support to service-users with high complex needs, specifically; single homeless people with mental health and substance misuse problems, dual diagnosis and forensic histories
- Building working relationships with local authorities, health trusts the local community and local police to support our service-users
- To induct new clients in line with the service policy
- To complete onward referrals to identified move-on and support clients to prepare effectively for move on
-To sup port and encourage clients to undertake housekeeping and client duties as necessary in order to maintain a clean and safe physical environment
- Reporting safeguarding issues efficiently using Look Ahead protocol policies and procedures
- Providing support with daily living activities, including practical assistance where skills are not yet developed, to ensure that service-users enjoy a high quality of accommodation
- Advising service-users on benefits and financial difficulties
- Conducting face to face interviews and assessments to assess service-users suitability for the service
- Supporting service-users to set personalised goals in the form of a support plan
- Ensuring ongoing assessment and management of risk assessments with service-users
- Involving service-users in the development, design and delivery of the service
- Maintaining service-users rent accounts, and ensuring their rent accounts are managed and kept up to date
- Conducting Health & Safety checks
- Assisting the team in meeting occupancy targets by proactively preparing properties to be re-let
- To ensure that rental income is maximised by filling voids promptly and in line with the service's policy
- To liaise with Housing Benefit and the Department of Work and Pensions to ensure that clients and the Hostel receive all monies due to them
-To mai ntain a high standard of record keeping and keep all financial and administrative systems up-to-date and in line with policy
- Undertake any other duties consistent with the grade and nature of the post as may be reasonably assigned
- Adhere to Look Ahead's Policies and Procedures
This is not an exhaustive list of all the duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time and is subject to change in accordance with the needs of Look Ahead.
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Look Ahead Care and Support

Look Ahead supports around 8,000 people across London and the South East each year. People who for a variety of reasons may need some extra suppor... Read more

Posted on: 06 April 2020
Closed date: 04 May 2020
Job ref: REQ001802
Tags: Social Care/Development, Support Worker