Shelter
Blackburn, Blackburn with Darwen
EC1V, London
Merseyside
£29,924 pa (London Weighting of £4,689 applicable for the London based role if working from the London office) + excellent benefits including 30 days holiday and flexible working
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

London, Merseyside and Blackburn (3 roles available)

Closing date: 30 January 2022 at 11.30pm

Interview date: 10 February 2022 (Merseyside)

Interview date: 11 February 2022 (London)

Interview date: 24 February 2022 (Lancashire)

Do you want to use your skills as a Community Organiser to help fight the country's housing emergency? Then join Shelter as part of our Community Organising team and you could soon be playing your part in bringing about positive change that will genuinely transform millions of people's lives.

About Shelter
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.

At Shelter we are united by our purpose to defend the right to a safe home. Our enemy is the social injustice at the core of the escalating housing emergency. We believe that to win that fight, we must be representative of the people we are here to help and those who support our movement for change. In all our people decisions, we take pride in being inclusive, fair, equitable and transparent.

We have committed to combat racism both within and outside Shelter and welcome you on our journey to becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.

About the Campaigns Team
Right now, the stakes are higher than ever. There is a growing housing emergency affecting people up and down the country – from homeless people on the streets or in temporary accommodation, to the millions stretched to breaking point renting unaffordable, poor quality homes or stuck on social housing waiting lists. The Covid-19 pandemic has only added to the pressures people are under because of our broken housing system. Shelter has an enormous responsibility to ensure that people have their voices heard, and that this leads to change.

We want to help build a movement to change housing in Britain with ambitious goals to inspire people to take action, and support housing activism that leads to real change right across the country. The job of the Campaigns team is to support and help to build that movement of housing campaigners across the UK. Join us and be part of that change.

About the role
An amazing opportunity to work with communities facing housing injustice to tackle the housing emergency, you will be part of a Community Organising programme that will listen to and support communities to campaign to bring about change on the housing issues which matter to them in their communities. You will be working with a team of Organisers and Campaigners across the UK to bring about a step change in our response to the housing emergency. Whether you are having 1:1 meetings, delivering training or developing campaign strategies, you will be able to build on the existing approaches, skills and knowledge within Shelter in campaigning, advice or community networks, and use those resources to build the power of the UK housing rights movement.

We are happy to talk about flexible working, personal growth, and to promote a workplace where you can be yourself and achieve success based only on your merit.

About you
This is not an entry level role, so you will already have some experience of working/volunteering in a campaigning or organising environment. A committed individual who wants to make sure the voices of those most affected by the housing emergency are heard, you're a good listener, able to build strong relationships and develop a strong strategic vision to make change happen.

You're also an excellent communicator, with good influencing and negotiating skills, who will be comfortable representing us to a range of external stakeholders. You'll need a good understanding of how change happens, and how develop campaign strategies that win. And, while housing and homelessness experience is not a requirement, you must share our passion for campaigning for the rights of people affected by the UK housing emergency.

Benefits
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.

Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

Posted on: 11 January 2022
Closing date: 30 January 2022
Tags: Volunteer Management, Support Worker