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Specialist Housing Advisor - Prisons and Community
HMP Highdown, Surrey
£27,218 - £30,708 pro rata
Fixed Term contract until December 2020
Part Time (18.5 hours per week)
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Criminal Justice services team at HMP Highdown and across the local community.
At St Mungo’s our vision is that everyone has a place to call home and can fulfil their hopes and ambitions. As a homelessness charity and housing association our clients are at the heart of what we do. We provide a bed and support to more than 2,700 people a night who are either homeless or at risk, and work to end homelessness and rebuild lives.
St Mungo’s Criminal Justice services, has been providing dedicated services to ex -offenders in custody and the community, since 1998. We are now looking for a Specialist Housing Advisor to join the team in Sutton, providing housing support to clients at HMP Highdown and in the community.
As a Specialist Housing Advisor you will provide housing, benefit and debt advice to support clients in preventing homelessness upon their release from prison. Working in the community, you will also provide vital support to help clients to access appropriate accommodation, who will be homeless upon their release. In this role, you will also work closely with partner agencies including prisons and Local Authorities, to ensure suitable support plans can be put in place.
This role will suit those with some experience of working with ex-offenders, people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless; as well as an understanding of the difficulties people may experience in accessing services. If you have good communication skills, are able to work with others whilst managing your own time and have the ability to empower individuals to make positive changes we want to hear from you.
Above all we are looking for inspirational, committed individuals who have a genuine desire to support people to rebuild their lives, and you will receive training and support so that you can deliver high quality services, while developing your skills and gaining on going knowledge of the criminal justice system.
In return, we offer a range of benefits including a pension scheme, staff discounts scheme and initiatives to help you maintain a healthy work/life balance. We are also committed to providing our staff with a wide range of learning and development opportunities; in support of their personal and professional development.
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Closing Date: 10.00am, 2 May 2019
Interview and Assessments: 15 May 2019
It is a requirement for this post that an enhanced DBS disclosure check, will be undertaken for the successful candidate. Because of the nature of this role, prison clearance is also required.
At St Mungo’s, equality, diversity and inclusion are central to the organisation's values and how we work. We are in the top 50 of Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2019, we are also proud to have been awarded Personnel Today’s 2018 Diversity and Inclusion (Public Sector) award and we are a Disability Confident Employer. To ensure that our workforce reflects the diversity of our clients as well as the communities that we live and work within, we encourage and welcome applications from all sections of the community.
Please be advised that all appointments will be made on St Mungo’s current standard Terms and Conditions (T&Cs); this also applies to any internal candidates.