YMCA DOWNSLINK GROUP
Bank Project Workers
Burgess Hill, Crawley, Horsham, Worthing, Guildford, Eastbourne, Brighton & Hove
Varied shifts across all areas - please specify which area(s) on application
£10.05 per hour
We are recruiting Bank Staff to work with a diverse group of young people, in our large Foyers (supported housing) and in our smaller Looked After Children’s Services. We are currently recruiting in:
- Burgess Hill
- Brighton & Hove
YMCA DLG provide accommodation which houses young people aged 16 to 25 and provides specialist support to enable thriving lives. Working in a holistic manner, we adopt a psychologically informed approach to support young people to transition into independent living through a range of one to one and group activity.
Our teams take an asset-based approach to actively encourage young people into education, employment and training. As a service, we provide a safe and welcoming environment for young people, with their aspirations and desires always at the forefront of the support we offer. Overall, we seek to encourage and enable young people to become empowered by providing positive opportunities which allow them to learn and achieve the independent skills they need to live positive and fulfilling lives.
As well as managing their accommodation, we provide intensive housing management, signposting to other agencies and provide group work and activities that enable young people to achieve the skills they need to begin managing life independently.
A good understanding of the support needs and aspirations of young people we work with is desirable.
You will help to keep our properties safe and secure throughout the day and night through different shift patterns (over a 7-day rota) across our services.
Burgess Hill – Looked After Children’s Service: We provide accommodation that is commissioned by West Sussex Council to provide 24-hour support to young people aged 16-18 years old.
Crawley Foyer: 40 bed Project providing supported accommodation for 16 – 25-year old’s the focus of the work is to help develop the young people’s skills and confidence through our More Than a Room support delivery so that they can move on from supported accommodation and live independently.
Horsham Y Centre: The Horsham Y Centre provides housing to 50 young people. The focus of the work is to help develop the young people’s skills and confidence through our More Than a Room support delivery so that they can move on from supported accommodation and live independently.
Worthing Foyer: Supported accommodation for young people aged 16-25. The foyer consists of 27 bedsits, complete with ensuite facilities, separated into 2 to 3-bedroom flats.
The focus of the work is to help develop the young people’s skills and confidence through our More Than a Room support delivery so that they can move on from supported accommodation and live independently.
Guildford: YMCA Guildford Foyer is YMCA Guildford’s supported housing project offering accommodation to 34 young people from Guildford and Surrey. The needs of these young people vary from low to high. However, all young people are treated as individuals and tailored support packages are offered to support them to become fully independent in the future. We support young people to develop socially and personally in order that they may grow in confidence and learn to live more independently in communities in which they feel they can belong, contribute and thrive.
Project Eastbourne, Hailsham and Hastings commissioned services: YMCA DLG supported services provide safe accommodation and opportunities for young people who have been made, or are at risk of becoming, homeless. We offer a holistic support package and actively encourage residents into education, training, employment or voluntary work. Whilst living with us residents will gain many essential life skills and social skills, empowering them to move successfully into semi-independent or fully independent accommodation.
Across our Eastbourne, Hailsham and Hastings projects we house 61 young people across five properties. Three of the properties have staff on hand 24 hours a day, with housing concierge available at night. Two properties are dedicated to our move on options for young people, with visiting support and concierge at night.
Project Eastbourne, Hastings and Bexhill transitional housing: We provide transitional housing for 165 young people aged 18 to 35, across 29 sites in Eastbourne, Hastings and Bexhill.
Funded by Homes England under the Empty Homes programme, the scheme enables us to lease empty properties from private landlords and refurbish them to a good standard, to provide affordable and safe accommodation for young people in housing need. Aimed at young people who are not quite ready to live completely independently we manage the lettings and deal with any issues that arise.
We manage a range of properties including studio flats, one to three-bedroom flats and four- and five-bedroom houses. We also manage a nine-bedroom property made up of studio flats and rooms with shared communal facilities.
Brighton & Hove – St Patrick’s: St. Patrick’s provides 29 units of accommodation for single homeless people and rough sleepers in five- and six-bedroom flats with shared kitchen/lounge and bathrooms, and a night shelter accommodating up to 15 people, including a limited number with dogs. The service provides a 24-hour accommodation-based assessment and support service and operates 365 days a year. The night shelter part of the service is provided under a sub-contract by the Churches Night Shelter Project.
While there are systems in place to support you, a substantial part of the role includes the ability to lone work. Therefore, we will require someone competent and confident when working alone and somebody who is able to understand and work with complex and challenging behaviour appropriately.
This can be challenging yet very rewarding work that helps young people to belong, contribute, and thrive.
The position comes with excellent training and development opportunities.
As part of our Safer Recruitment guidelines, we only accept applications completed on our application form. Due to Covid-19, we are not accepting paper copies of forms and are currently only accepting application forms submitted by email.
YMCA DownsLink Group welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We value diversity and promote inclusion, which we demonstrate through our activities, as well as in our policies and working practices. Reinforced by our culture and values, we seek to create an inspiring and inclusive place to work.
YMCA DLG requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to respond proactively to safeguarding concerns.
Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Closing date for applications: Please note this is a rolling advert and applications are reviewed on a monthly basis.
Interview date: Interviews arranged on a rolling basis.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.