Community Connector

Community Connector – Blackpool
Posted by British Red Cross
Salary £18619 per annum
Location Blackpool, Lancashire
Job Description
21 Hours per week
2 Years Fixed Term Contract
GBP 18,619 (pro rata salary GBP 11,171)

About the role
Could you help people in your community who are lonely or isolated?

The Community Connector will work with people affected by social isolation and loneliness, to help them gain confidence and reconnect with their community.

Working alongside Volunteer Community Connector’s, you will provide short-term, practical help, positive encouragement and emotional support, tailored to the individuals needs and be available to all sections of the community. You will be responsible for developing effective working relationships with all partners, stakeholders and local organisations in order to create social networks and local activities that can be sustained long-term.

This role is home based with travel to the British Red Cross offices as appropriate. You will be required to travel throughout the local area. The Community Connector will report to the Service Manager and you will be part of the Area Independent Living Team.

The Community Connector will:

* Support lonely & socially isolated service users.
* Keep up to date with local community services appropriate for our service users, with support from the Community Connector Manager.
* Listen to people’s needs, aspirations and concerns and co-create a ‘step plan’ to ensure the service user meets their aims.
* Support individuals to attend local community services and clubs suitable for their needs.
* Help identify other activities in the area and accompany the service user to help build their confidence.
* Maintain contact with the beneficiary to monitor progress against goals until loneliness and social isolation is alleviated.

About the organisation
The British Red Cross helps millions of people in the UK and around the world to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters and conflicts.

Their volunteers and staff help people in crisis to live independently by providing support at home, mobility aids and transport. They also teach first aid skills.

They are part of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent humanitarian network. We refuse to ignore people in crisis.

About the team
In the UK, their health and social care work offers valuable time-limited support for individuals vulnerable to crisis. For people experiencing social isolation and loneliness their service enables people to access services and support to lessen the associated impact and reconnect into their communities.

About the person
They keep the service user at the heart of what they do, working to understand their needs and the differences they can make. The successful applicant will have:

* Good interpersonal skills, diplomacy, communication and teamwork skills.
* Sensitivity when working with people affected by social isolation and loneliness, whilst maintaining an interest in their well-being and developing pathways out of loneliness.
* Consideration regarding maintaining service user confidentiality.
* An understanding of how to improve service quality for the benefit of users.
* An ability to provide patient, positive encouragement with the aim of helping people to help themselves.
* Good understanding of community groups and networks in the local area with an ability to develop lasting partnerships.
* An ability to work independently and as an effective member of a team.
* Ability to travel with service users to local groups and events. (This may include using your own car to drive the service user and possibly their children).
* Educated to GCSE level (or equivalent by experience)
* Full Drivers Licence and access to a vehicle.
* IT literate.
* Willingness to work flexible hours.

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Closing date for applications is (23:59), Friday 31st March 2017.
Interviews will take place on Tuesday 11st April 2017.

They offer a wide range of staff benefits, these include:

* 36 days holiday (including Bank Holidays)
* Up to 6% contributory pension
* Childcare vouchers

Should you have any questions on this role please email Hazel Smith or quoting reference REQ0000012WE

The British Red Cross is committed to being an inclusive employer with a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from people from the widest possible diversity of backgrounds, cultures and experiences – including disabled and ethnic minority candidates. This is to contribute to the breadth of experience we need to respond to people in crisis.

As part of its recruitment and selection process the British Red Cross may undertake DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)/ PVG checking of all individuals who regularly work with or have access to children and vulnerable adults.

The British Red Cross, incorporated by Royal Charter 1908, is a charity registered in England and Wales (220949) and Scotland (SC037738).

Follow us on Twitter @RedCrossJobsUK and on Linked in – British Red Cross, to hear about our latest job vacancies.

Refusing to ignore people in crisis.

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Mentoring Officer

Posted by Shelter
Salary £20,503-£21,528 pa + excellent benefits
Location Blackpool, Lancashire, North West
Permanent
Job Description

Closing date: 02 April 2017

Shelter are looking for a proactive individual with broad experience of support work relating to housing law, to join them as a Mentoring Officer and play a vital role within a Transforming Rehabilitation service aimed at reducing re offending.

Shelter has been working across the North of England to deliver the Transforming Rehabilitation Service since 2015. Here in Cumbria and Lancashire, the service consists of a mentoring service designed to support long-term reduction in risk of reoffending through replication of desistance model. Put simply, it will empower individuals to move towards independence through positive relationships. In addition to this the service also operates a Community Integration Team offering advice on accommodation, finance and debt to offenders both in the community and in HMP locations.

Benefits include 30 days annual leave, the possibility of flexible working and significant opportunities for learning and development.

Your key responsibilities:

Delivering professional, impartial, pragmatic and outcome focused support to clients with complex needs post release from HM prisons, or offenders on community orders
Helping ex-prisoners and offenders to integrate into their community, ensuring their housing, finance and debt related support needs are met and dealing with practicalities to achieve independent living
Advocating on behalf of, and supporting clients with issues which may include homelessness, tenancy support, domestic abuse, relationship breakdown, welfare & benefits, debt, employment and child/adult protection
Collaborating with Shelter resettlement workers, CRC responsible officers, mentoring volunteers and wider Shelter services to ensure that seamless support is provided.
And what you’ll need:

A proven track record in support work, specifically in housing law, with some knowledge of welfare benefits and debt and experience of advocacy on behalf of clients
Experience of working within a safeguarding framework and preferably experience of working in the criminal justice system and knowledge of the prison system
Ideally, experience of supporting and coaching volunteers
Commercial awareness, a collaborative, results-driven and customer focused approach, good typing skills and the ability to use a case management system and Microsoft Office applications.
Shelter is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of clients, in particular children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff, workers and volunteers to share this commitment.

At Shelter, they welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them.

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through their advice, support and legal services. And they campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to them for help.

They’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

Apply here

Peer Support Officer

Peer Support Officer – Transforming Rehabilitation
Posted by Shelter
Salary £20,503-£21,528 pa, plus excellent benefits
Location Preston, Lancashire, North West

Job Description

Closing date: 02 April 2017 (Midnight)

Shelter are looking for a client-focused individual with a good knowledge of employment interventions, housing and debt advice, to join them as Peer Support Officer and recruit, train and mentor Peers in custody.

Shelter has been contracted to deliver housing, employment coordination, finance and debt advice in HMP Preston. This service consists of a Resettlement Team based on site delivering advice via the new Resettlement Planning process. This will involve close working with both the prison and CRC staff to create an effective and efficient resettlement planning process for each offender that comes into custody at a Resettlement prison. You’ll play an integral part in this.

Benefits include 30 days annual leave, the possibility of flexible working and significant opportunities for learning and development.

Your key responsibilities:

Support the peer and volunteer programme within HMP Preston
Deliver a continuous programme of training to the Peers that support the delivery of Peer Advice Programmes to offenders within custody
To work in partnership with Resettlement Workers to ensure an inclusive customer focused service delivers effective Resettlement Planning and Pre-Release interventions
Provide low level advice and support the Resettlement Team when required.
And what you’ll need:

Experience of managing volunteers and developing peer support services, including delivering training and facilitating group work
An understanding of the main issues affecting unemployment, homelessness and offenders, with experience of working with offenders within the criminal justice system an advantage
A proactive, collaborative and results-driven approach, great relationships building skills, respect for others opinions and the ability to deal effectively with change.
Good typing skills, proficiency using Microsoft Office applications and, ideally, a full driver’s license, access to a vehicle plus relevant insurance.
For further information about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter please visit their website.

At Shelter, they welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them.

Shelter is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of clients, in particular children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff, workers and volunteers to share this commitment.

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And they campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to them for help.

They’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

Apply here

Chef/housekeeper

£8.40 per hour
Blackburn – hours to be negotiated

The Ashley Foundation is a large homelessness charity and offers accommodation with support to vulnerable single homeless people. We are looking to appoint a Chef/Housekeeper to work in our Blackburn hostels (Islington House and Canterbury House). The job involves cooking; budgeting; menu planning; cleaning and delivering some life skills training.
Ideally you will have catering experience and may have worked in a supported housing setting; care home or hotel. You will have a good understanding of the support needs of homeless people, be non-judgemental in your approach and have good people skills. You will be willing to go the extra mile and be self-motivated. You will be able to work in the week, weekend and bank holidays. You will be flexible in your approach to work and able to cover shifts at short notice.
In return we offer an opportunity to join our team of committed and enthusiastic staff, a competitive salary and good terms and conditions.
To apply, please print off and complete the attached application pack and return to:
Laura Cooper, The Ashley Foundation, 81 Abingdon Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PP
Alternatively you can request an application pack to be posted out to you by calling 01253 297200 or calling into our main office at the address above.
You can also email your CV to:
[email protected]
Closing date: Friday 31st March 2017 at 5.00 pm

Chef Housekeeper Person Specification

Chef Housekeeper Job Description

GB – Equal Opportunity Monitoring – Form EO

GB – Application for Employment – AP1

Night Duty Supervisors x 5

£8.40 per hour
Blackburn

The Ashley Foundation is Blackpool’s largest homelessness charity and offers accommodation with support to vulnerable single homeless people. We are looking to appoint 5 x Duty Supervisors to work nights, weekends and bank holidays in our Blackburn hostels (Islington House and Canterbury House) as and when required.
Ideally you will have experience in working with vulnerable people. You will have a good understanding of the support needs of homeless people, be non-judgemental in your approach and have good people skills. You will be willing to go the extra mile and be self-motivated. You will be able to work alone and under your own initiative. You will be flexible in your approach to work and able to cover shifts at short notice.
In return we offer an opportunity to join our team of committed and enthusiastic staff, a competitive salary and good terms and conditions.
Please contact our main office on 01253 297200 or at The Ashley Foundation, 81 Abingdon Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PP for an application pack.
Closing date: Friday 31st March 2017 at 5.00pm
Duty Supervisor Job Description

Duty Supervisor Person Specification

GB – Application for Employment – AP1

GB – Equal Opportunity Monitoring – Form EO