About the role?
In this interesting and varied position, you’ll play a crucial role in the resettlement of rough sleepers, providing
a comprehensive service to a caseload of clients who are currently sleeping rough or who have a recent
history of rough sleeping in Swindon and may have moved into a Threshold resettlement accommodation
project. You will be adept at building trust and providing person centred advocacy and support which enables
clients to navigate pathways and progress towards a life away from the streets, and beyond the short-term
support we offer in our resettlement properties, so that they can enjoy sustainable independent living.
You will undertake occasional assertive street outreach sessions and hot spot visits, including, on occasion,
during unsocial hours, to engage with people sleeping rough. From the first point of contact, you will
encourage long-term change. Your time will predominately be spent key working with residents in our
resettlement accommodation projects. The division of time spent between the outreach and resettlement
projects could vary and at times may focus solely on one project, while at other times may be split, in varying
degrees, between the projects – depending on the specialisation required for the outreach or resettlement
project work, from time to time, which will require utilising the expertise of other members of the Threshold
team to focus on specific tasks e.g. mental health assessment / talking therapies etc.
With a good standard of education, you will ideally have experience of working with homeless people as well
as a comprehensive understanding of the needs of rough sleepers. However, in the absence of direct
experience in working with the homeless, we recognise that passion for making a positive difference to the
lives of others and a high degree of personal resilience may make you well suited to the role. With excellent
communication skills, both verbally and in writing, you will be at ease communicating with a wide audience,
from our service users to professionals within the Local Authority and within agencies whom our service users
are engaged with, or would benefit from engaging with. You will be diplomatic, tactful and highly empathetic,
and possess the attribute of strong resilience in order to work flexibly and creatively with individuals
presenting with multiple and often complex needs.
You will be a team-player, open to sharing professional knowledge and to learning from others. Desiring to
make a meaningful difference to the lives of our service users, you will approach your work with enthusiasm,
compassion, and utmost professionalism at all times.
We are open to recruiting part-time and/or full-time staff. Additionally, if you are looking for a short-term appointment we currently have a need to appoint to a temporary post and we would welcome expressions of interest to join Threshold for a period of between 3 to 6 months.
In the first instance we invite expressions of interest that outline in brief what working pattern you are interested in (PT, FT, temporary), when you could potentially start work with us, your current salary and salary expectation, an overview of your professional qualifications and work experience, and an indication of how your career aspirations might be met through joining the Threshold team.
We anticipate contacting all suitable applicants shortly after receipt of your expression of interest. Recruitment is ‘open’ and will close upon appointment of a suitable candidate/s. All expressions of interest will be acknowledged as ‘received’ by return email.
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For more information on this role, you can download the full job description for Homeless Project Worker here.