SPEAR was founded in 1987 on the principle that people shouldn’t die because they don’t have a home. Since then, we’ve developed a range of services that together provide an integrated pathway from rough sleeping to independent accommodation. We recognise that it takes both time and courage to change; to trust new people; learn new skills; take chances and commit to a hopeful future. Homelessness isn’t just a housing problem, it’s also about isolation, poor health, poverty and mental ill health. That’s why we don’t just provide a roof over someone’s head, we commit to making a lasting difference.
Are you passionate and motivated to support people to move forward in in their lives? If so we would like to hear from you. SPEAR has been providing quality services to homeless people and rough sleepers for over 30 years and we now have two innovative opportunities for Rough Sleeper Navigators within our team in Wandsworth and one fantastic opportunity within our team in Richmond.
You will work as part of SPEAR’s integrated services to provide a high quality, efficient and effective service to clients who experience long-term entrenched homelessness and who often find it difficult to access services.
Working alongside the SPEAR Outreach services you will identify clients and then work to build meaningful rapport and assist them to undertake an assessment process to allow people to gain access to the relevant services required to increase their quality of life and ultimately enter accommodation-based services and move away from rough sleeping and the accompanying vulnerability that this presents.
Focusing on the presenting issues such as substance misuse, physical or mental health you will work to create and implement specific plans to address any identified need.
Duties will include:
Providing a continued and consistent point of contact whilst assisting clients in navigating the various change pathways
To provide an environment where the client feels that positive life change is both within reach and achievable.
Organising and providing appropriate support to people who are sleeping rough
Effective liaison with other relevant agencies, professionals and stakeholders
In order to apply for this role you must have the following:-
An understanding of the issues that can lead to entrenched, long-term rough sleeping and a commitment to working creatively to address the issues
The ability to manage challenging behaviour in a positive manner;
Ability to work professionally with a range of statutory and voluntary agencies;
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
Excellent planning and recording skills
Salary: £25,000 – £28,000 per annum
Closing date: 16th September 2019
Interview date: 23rd September 2019
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Contract: Fixed term contract for 6 months. (annual salary will be pro-rata to reflect this)
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.