Supported Housing Worker
Supported Housing Worker
2nd September 2019 (probation period of 3 months)
£18,000 per annum starting salary with the potential for increases, plus basic pension
Full time, permanent
25 days (plus bank holiday)
Supported Housing Manager
Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm (flexible working can be considered)
Monday 24th June 2019
Will be held in Tower Hamlets between 26th June and 1st July 2019
GrowTH is a non-denominational Christian charity founded by and run through local evangelical churches. Our principal project is a night shelter for homeless men and women which is hosted in church buildings in Tower Hamlets for 7 months each year. In July 2015 we opened our first two supported homes to support formerly homeless men in transitioning from homelessness to independent living. We now have 7 flats for a total of 14 formerly homeless men and women, with a strong likelihood of obtaining more flats in the near future. The flats are all on one housing estate in Tower Hamlets, East London. We are looking for a self-motivated people-person to play a key role in this growing Supported Housing project and support the residents of the housing in various ways, including gaining skills, getting training and employment, and moving into more independent accommodation.
OVERVIEW OF JOB ROLE
1. Assist in the running of the Supported Housing Project, including:
a. Providing one-to-one support to residents.
b. Assisting with the maintenance of the properties and furnishings.
c. Providing opportunities for residents to grow in faith.
d. Assisting with monitoring the payment of rent and bills to ensure the financial viability of the project.
e. Interviewing candidates for the housing.
f. Working with residents to help secure suitable ‘move on’ accommodation.
g. Assisting with any additional tasks related to the Supported Housing project.
DUTIES OF JOB ROLE
Providing one-to-one support to residents.
• Give support to residents as required. This will be predominantly focussed around employment and taking steps towards employment, but will also include support with money management and life skills.
• Assist residents in accessing support provided by other organisations and services.
Assisting with the maintenance of the properties and furnishings.
• Ensure that decoration, fittings and furnishings are of good quality and are fixed or replaced when needed.
• Liaise with Poplar HARCA and contractors regarding repairs and works.
• Carry out weekly checks to ensure fire safety is upheld in the properties.
Providing opportunities for residents to grow in faith.
• Pray daily for the residents of the Supported Housing.
• Sensitively and appropriately initiate conversations about faith and Jesus with residents.
• Assist residents in accessing local church communities, including Sunday services.
Assisting with monitoring the payment of rent and bills to ensure the financial viability of the project.
• Support residents in paying the rent and bills from either their Universal Credit or wages.
• Ensure payments are received by GrowTH and follow the project procedures around rent arrears.
Interviewing candidates for the housing.
• Discuss with the Advocate Workers about which GrowTH guests are appropriate for Supported Housing referrals
• Assess referrals and meet with prospective residents to explain the project and determine who should be accepted as a resident.
Working with residents to help secure suitable ‘move on’ accommodation.
• Ensure residents are adequately prepared for ‘move on’ and have realistic expectations.
• Ensure, as far as possible, that residents move on into suitable accommodation.
Assisting with any additional tasks related to the Supported Housing project.
• Participate in prayer meetings.
• Report to the Supported Housing Manager on a regular basis.
• As with any small charity, there will be times when you will need to assist in other reasonable tasks outside your job role.
Personal faith and values
• A committed member of a local church.
• An understanding and practice of evangelical Christian belief and a lifestyle and conduct that are compatible with those beliefs.
• Experience of sharing faith with marginalised adults.
• An understanding of Jesus’ compassion for those without home, hope and help.
• Faith that God can transform, heal and save any person, regardless of their current situation.
• A passion to see cycles of homelessness broken.
• University degree preferred but not essential.
• Experience of working with people from a variety of backgrounds.
• Experience interacting with and supporting marginalised adults.
• Ability to take initiative and work unsupervised at times.
• Ability to think creatively and problem solve.
• Ability to be flexible.
• Ability to be very patient and remain calm.
• Understanding of what it means to be an “advocate”: working passionately to further the cause of another.
• Punctual and reliable.
• Ability to treat residents as equals and spend equal time with all residents.
• Good listener and ability to get alongside and motivate homeless men and women.
• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with people with limited English.
• Ability to build a relationship of trust with people of different ages, backgrounds, cultures and religions.
• The role will often require some flexibility with regards to hours.
• The role includes performance standards, targets and deadlines.
• The job role will involve more than one location across Tower Hamlets. Therefore access to a bike and willingness to cycle in the borough would be an advantage.
• Ideally you will be the holder of a full, clean UK driving licence for 2+ years, in order to drive the GrowTH minibus when required.