ReConnect Support Worker
Salary: £29,000 (pro rata)
Level: Entry Level
Job Type: Fixed Term
Benefits: 27 days’ holiday (pro rata), buy and sell annual leave programme, Perkbox, health cash plan and more
We are looking for a Support Worker for our Big Lottery Funded ReConnect project in Lewisham. Your mission will be to create a safe and empowering environment for women to develop coping strategies, life skills and resilience to live independently. For this, you will ensure the effective operation of the project and be responsible, in conjunction with other workers, for the day to day running of the hostel.
The ReConnect project aims to support to women with substance misuse issues and or mental health issues on release from prison. We help provide women with a period of stability and routine so that they can re-orientate their lives, establish wider support networks and prevent reoffending. This project combines safe secure 4 bed accommodation and person-centred support in order to bring about positive changes in their lives.
Key Responsibilities Include:
- Working with an empowering approach at all times; promoting service user involvement and co-production in all aspects of service development and delivery
- Effective day to day management and smooth operation of the project
- Completing star needs assessments
- Drafting, implementing and reviewing a person-centred action plan to meet the individual needs of the women
- Carrying out risk assessments in conjunction with the women to implement person-centred risk management plans
- Carrying out initial assessments of new referrals
- Providing effective advice and advocacy services to ensure that the women receive their statutory rights in respect of housing and welfare benefits etc.
- Ensuring effective partnership working with other relevant agencies
- Developing and running group sessions/activities which meet the needs of the women and aims of the project
To be successful in this job you will require:
- Experience providing support services to offenders/ex-offenders and/or individuals with substance use issues
- Experience undertaking individual assessments including risk assessments and developing and delivering person centred action plans
- Experience of partnership working
- Experience delivering support services under contract and providing the relevant monitoring data and meeting the sector quality standards framework
- Up to date knowledge of relevant legislation and local and national policy in respects of criminal justice system and substance misuse/mental health
- Knowledge of the Criminal Justice System, substance misuse and the impact this has on support needs
Housing for Women is an independent organisation and we support women in London to challenge the inequalities they face. As a charity and a registered housing association, we are proud to have housed London’s women for 80 years; providing secure, affordable housing and related services to help them make the most of the opportunities they have.
This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check and open to women only (exempt under the Equality Act 2010 Schedule 9, Part 1).
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Other organisations may call this role Social Care Worker, Women’s Support Worker, Rehabilitation Support Worker, Domestic Abuse Support Worker, Drug Abuse Support Worker, Refuge Support Worker, or Care Worker.