Fixed term contract until end of November 2019
Closing date: 17 July 2019 at 11.30pm
We're looking for a client-focused individual with recent experience of providing specialist level housing advice to join us as a Housing Advice, Support and Guidance Worker and help ensure our clients get the support they need.
A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change — with individuals, in communities, across society – and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.
Shelter Birmingham is a dynamic city centre hub offering a holistic integrated advice and support service to the diverse residents of the city. We provide specialist advice and support to over 4,000 clients a year and are committed to delivering more of what we do to the people who need us most. All of our clients are offered a full range of interventions that will fully resolve their circumstances.
About the role
As Housing Advice, Support and Guidance Worker, your role will cover a mix of advice and support across a variety of locations in and around central Birmingham and with different client groups. While the main focus will be on housing advice, you will provide wider support depending on the needs of your clients. This will include carrying out initial housing needs assessments and developing a strategy with the client, working with local providers to find appropriate accommodation and supporting clients when moving into accommodation.
You'll need experience of providing specialist level housing advice working with vulnerable people or those with multiple and complex needs and a proven ability to navigate external organisations/systems and build productive working relationships. Experience of researching and writing legally-evidenced submissions on behalf of clients will be required too and you'll need to be able to respond to changing situations, for example, where clients present as immediately street homeless. Proactive, results-driven and sensitive to the needs of others, you work well within a team and aren't afraid to challenge the status quo and introduce new ideas, methods and processes if appropriate. Proficiency using a range of IT tools to carry out your work, including case management systems, Microsoft Office applications, internet and email etc. is essential.
We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, payroll giving, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.
Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.
To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter please visit our website. Apply to be part of our team and be the change you want to see in society.
Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.
At Shelter, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them.
Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.