We are currently recruiting for a motivated Support Worker at our service Oysterfields based in St Albans, Hertfordshire. The role will be split between supporting young mothers in supported housing accommodation, as well as providing housing-related support in the community via our outreach programme.
Oysterfields is a Mother & Baby service providing accommodation and support to eight vulnerable women aged 16 - 30 who are pregnant, or have a child up to 2 years of age. The service is provided in partnership with St Albans City & District Council (SADC). You will be supporting them in their own homes and working with them to achieve independent living skills.
Our Outreach programme provides housing-related support to vulnerable individuals living in the St Albans community who are experiencing issues sustaining their tenancy. This could be issues with debt, money management, living skills, accessing services and understanding their tenancy rights and responsibilities.
As a Support Worker you will be working as a part of a dedicated team, providing personalised support and assisting the service users to develop the skills needed to lead independent and fulfilling lives. You will hold a diverse caseload of vulnerable individuals and will be providing advice, advocacy and assistance - helping individuals work maximise their income, tenancy sustainment and developing strong support networks in the community. Supporting vulnerable people can often be challenging but incredibly rewarding. Patience, compassion, resilience and creativity will be crucial in this role where you can make a difference to a person`s life.
We are looking for enthusiastic and caring individuals to join our scheme in St Albans. This is a exciting opportunity to join a dedicated team who are determined to help vulnerable individuals reach their potential and move towards independent lives.
If you have previously worked in a care setting and have experience of providing support to vulnerable individuals who are in housing crisis, this role could be perfect for you. With relevant experience, you will have the ability to recognise the wishes of our service users and communicate with them effectively. Demonstrating respect for confidentiality and a caring attitude, you will also use your own initiative, carrying out practical and administrative tasks as and when required.
To apply you will need to be able to work Monday - Friday 9-5pm. You will need a driving license and access to a vehicle. You must be able to work as part of a team to deliver an excellent service to the people we support and be flexible in your approach to work with a `can do` attitude. You will have a commitment to equality and diversity and take a positive approach to supporting people.
Hightown is a charitable housing association operating principally in Hertfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. We believe everyone should have a home and the support they need, so our aim is to build new homes and to provide excellent housing and support.
We currently manage over 6,500 homes and employ over 1,000 full and part time staff from our head office in Hemel Hempstead. We have an annual turnover of £84 million and a development programme that will deliver over 400 new affordable homes each year.
We offer a range of benefits which include:
- Generous annual leave allowance of 25 days per year, rising with service, plus statutory bank holidays
- Workplace pension scheme
- Employee Assistance scheme to support your health and wellbeing
- Life assurance of three times your annual salary
- 45 pence per mile mileage for the first 5,000 miles
- Comprehensive training and development support with the opportunity to gain a recognised vocational qualification
- Annual bonus based on satisfactory performance