Are you passionate about making a lasting difference to the lives of vulnerable adults?
St Mungo’s is at the forefront of supporting individuals experiencing, or who have experienced, homelessness. Our work is more crucial now than ever before as we support our clients throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and ensure that no one who has been housed during this time returns to homelessness.
We are looking for recovery focused support workers (known internally as project workers) to join our new Accommodation Service in Reading on a permanent, full-time basis.
Great Knolly’s Street provides PIE accommodation, which comprises bespoke pod accommodation units, to residents in a newly-designed site in central Reading. The services closely adhere to the recovery model & trauma informed approach and will provide a period of settled accommodation to residents with a history of homelessness and complex needs. The service will be operated in partnership with Reading Borough Council and provides an excellent opportunity to support individuals in accessing a home with an appropriate, and considered, element of support and eventual move-on to long-term, settled accommodation.
In this busy and varied role you will provide high-quality support, care and advice to clients that focuses on their strengths and goals, and is delivered in a way that suits them. You will work with clients to identify their personal aims and ambitions, and assist in developing plans to achieve them. You will also work to connect residents with external services and develop independent living skills.
Who we’re looking for
To succeed in these highly rewarding roles you will:
- Have an understanding of the issues faced by homeless or vulnerably housed people – you may have had personal experience of homelessness yourself
- Have experience of helping vulnerable people to identify personal goals and supporting them through a process of change
- Have a sound understanding of the support needs of people with low incomes, including rent payments/arrears and professional boundary issues
- Be committed to our Recovery Ethos
However, above all we are looking for inspirational, committed individuals who have a genuine desire to support people to transform their lives.
If you believe that you have what we are looking for, and have an interest in working for a charity that makes a real difference to the lives of people who are homeless, and you are ready to apply now please click the apply button.
Please note, due to the needs of our services, Support Workers are required to work a shift rota, so flexibility is required. This will include some weekends and bank holidays.
If the above sounds like you we’d love to hear from you!
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What we offer
- Excellent Development and Growth Opportunities
St Mungo’s employees are encouraged to consider opportunities to develop new skills or progress including; secondments, internal transfers, application to new roles in the organisation or just to get involved in various projects happening within the organisation.
As a result last year 35% of our vacancies were filled by promotions. In 2019 we achieved We Invest in People Gold level accreditation and are one of just 3% of housing associations to achieve this standard; 82% of staff who took part in the IIP survey say St Mungo’s is a great place to work.
- A Diverse and Inclusive Work Place
At St Mungo’s, equality, diversity and inclusion are central to the organisation's values and how we work. We are proud of our commitment to diversity and inclusion and have 8 great Diversity Networks to support clients and staff from different backgrounds so they are able to be their best selves. Our Networks include: BAME, Carer’s and Parent’s, Lived Experience, LGBTQIA+, Disability Awareness, South West, Irish and Women’s Action.
- Flexible Working and Other Benefits
We are committed to maintaining your work/life balance. We offer 25 days annual leave, and operate a very popular Flexi Time scheme, which allows you to supplement your annual leave entitlement. After 5 years, staff annual leave entitlement increases to 28 days.
St Mungo’s contribute 4% of your gross annual salary, and you are able to enrol in the Defined Contribution scheme following a successful probationary period in which the employer contribution is 6%.
For this role staff can claim an additional 20% pay premium for hours worked between 8pm and 8am Monday to Friday, and all hours worked on Saturday and Sunday.
What we do
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, and in 2019 we supported nearly 30,000 people who were either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Our staff are crucial to making this happen.
How to apply
To find out more and apply please go to the St Mungo’s careers page on our website.
Closing date: 10am on Wednesday 9 December 2020
Interview and assessments on: Monday 21 or Tuesday 22 December 2020, via a Google Meet video call due to Covid19 distancing.
It is a requirement for this post that an enhanced DBS disclosure check will be undertaken for the successful candidate.
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.