Recruiting a Support Worker to join our Homelessness and Complex Needs service in Lambeth!
£22,360 per annum, working 40 hours per week, plus 25 days Annual Leave, Pension schemes, Staff discounts, healthcare and more.
Lambeth Vulnerable Adults provides short-term supported accommodation for vulnerable adults, including single homeless people (and those with offending backgrounds and/or substance misuse needs), rough sleepers and refugees. 105 customers living in 19 properties receive low-to-medium level support through a floating support model, with higher needs customers accommodated in the service hub at Bellefields Road. Referrals come from Lambeth Assessment Centre and the borough's Pathway Manager.
Support Workers will provide support to customers to help them develop the life skills they require to meet the assessed needs of the customers of the service. They will work with customers to promote social inclusion and alongside other members of the team to promote independent living, encouraging customers to maximise their skills and choices.
The service provides specialist support to our customers in a range of areas including: borderline mental health issues, histories of complex offending and anti social behaviours, substance misuse issues, survivors of domestic violence and rough sleepers.
We work with some of the most complex and challenging people in the UK and every working day presents interesting - and unusual - incidents, situations and activities. Many of our customers will have been through the cycle of homelessness several times before, so a successful candidate will require an unquenchable can-do attitude and a healthy capacity for patience.
Given the complex traumas experienced by our customers we are ideally looking for emotionally resilient candidates that have some experience in dealing with complex and challenging behaviours and/or are interested in developing a therapeutic and psychologically informed approach and environment.
- Building supportive, trusting relationships with customers
- Working proactively with other members of the team to handle the service caseload and administrative responsibilities
- Supporting key customers to set personalised goals in the form of a Support Plan
- Conducting regular key work sessions that are innovative and engaging in order to achieve Support Plan goals
- Ensuring ongoing assessment and management of risks associated with customers within an attitude of 'positive risk taking'
- Providing support with daily living activities, including practical assistance where skills are not yet developed, to ensure that customers enjoy a high quality of accommodation
- Proactive development of links with local statutory and voluntary organisations to provide a range of engagement opportunities for customers in the community
- Involving customers in the design, development and delivery of the service
- Empowering customers to ensure they receive the service and benefits they are entitled to
- Encouraging and enabling tenants to pay their rent and ensure that rent accounts are managed
- Ensuring Look Ahead Health and Safety policies are adhered to at all time and to uphold all health and safety responsibilities within relevant policies and local protocols
- Adhering to all other Look Ahead's policies and procedures
- Engaging in learning and development activity to increase knowledge and skills
- Day to day instruction/supervision of Assistant Support Workers/domestic staff/Bank Support Workers where appropriate
- Undertaking any other duties consistent with the grade and nature of the post as assigned by the Team Leader/Manager
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.
- Enjoys social interaction and the company of others, joins in local activities to encourage customer involvement
- Exudes a warm friendly presence and open behaviour
- Prefers working as part of a group or team
- Thrives on change and enjoys dynamic diverse environments
- Is respectful, articulate and sensitive in style of communication
Skills, Knowledge and Experience
- NVQ Level 2/3 or equivalent experience in the social care/charity sector
- Experience working in homelessness
For more information or to apply please visit our website.