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Title:  Project Worker, Domestic Abuse - Temporary position for up to 18 months


Paignton, South West, GB, TQ4 7HP

Department:  Supported Living Services
Operation:  Sanctuary Supported Living
Requisition Number:  120068


Project Worker, Domestic Abuse – Temporary position for up to 18 months


Woodview House, Paignton


£9.99 per hour (rising to £10.30 after 12 months, subject to satisfactory performance)


37.5 hours per week



We are looking for an experienced Project Worker with the passion and drive to help our clients achieve independent living and become involved in education, training, employment or volunteering. Working with male and female survivors of domestic abuse you will enable our medium to high risk clients, in safe accommodation, to achieve their potential and live more independently within their community. Ideally, you will have experience of working with people who have suffered domestic abuse and have a passion and drive to provide support.


As we take a client centered approach to delivering support, we are looking for candidates who pride themselves on having excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to form positive relationships with people from varied backgrounds. You will use these skills to work with colleagues and partner agencies to achieve the best outcome for our clients. This will include supporting Independent  Domestic Violence Advisors in their role and regular key working and support planning.  In accordance with your core beliefs of delivering a genuinely needs led service, we will also look to you to help residents maximise their income, budget, pay their rent and engage with work and training. If you want to make a positive impact to people’s lives, this is a rewarding opportunity to come and work within an established and experienced team.


The role of Project Worker will include:

  • Regularly assessing the needs of clients by writing and updating support plans, and signposting access to education, training and employment
  • Supporting clients in their day to day living i.e. with cooking and cleaning
  • Offering advice in relation to fulfilling tenancy conditions
  • Assisting clients with managing finances and welfare benefits
  • Ensuring any children of clients are attending school and are safely monitored
  • Encouraging social inclusion and helping clients to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem
  • Working with statutory and non-statutory agencies on behalf of the clients and actively encouraging choice and involvement, or acting as an advocate when required
  • Promoting safe working practices by undertaking risk assessments within legislative frameworks


Skills and experiences:

  • You will have previous experience in a role supporting victims of domestic abuse or a background gained in a supported living environment in a support worker capacity
  • Willing to work towards an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) qualification is desirable
  • Sound knowledge of housing management including voids and arrears management
  • Good understanding of occupancy agreements
  • The ability to work on your own initiative and react effectively under pressure
  • Occasional travel may be a requirement of the role, therefore a full valid driving licence is required or a willingness to travel to different services across the Torbay area


Why work for Sanctuary Supported Living?

We support vulnerable people to live as independently as possible, by building their confidence and skills to realise their potential.


We are a national organisation but we think locally. We support people through supported housing, move-on accommodation, CQC registered services, floating support and telecare services. We specialise in services for young people, homeless families and individuals, people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, people with mental health needs and older people.


Ready to join Sanctuary Supported Living?

As part of our commitment to making Sanctuary Supported Living a great place to work, we offer you access to a range of great employee benefits and the opportunity to develop and progress within your career. Benefits include:

  • A pension scheme with employer contributions from Sanctuary
  • At least 25 days paid holiday (plus public holidays)
  • Life assurance
  • Family friendly arrangements, including opportunities for flexible working
  • Health and well-being plans
  • A variety of online discounts and rewards from major retailers
  • Tax efficient savings through our Cycle to Work scheme
  • A wide range of learning and development opportunities


We are proud to support the Department of Health and Social Care’s #everydayisdifferent campaign to encourage more people to apply to work in adult social care. If you’re considering a caring career, we have many rewarding roles at Sanctuary Supported Living. For more information on the campaign click here  


Read the full job profile here


Closing Date: 28 September 2021


We reserve the right depending on application numbers to close or extend the closing dates for positions; we would therefore recommend an early application.


For an insight into what it’s like to work for Sanctuary Supported Living, take a look at our Twitter feed or search #LifeatSanctuary

Building Equality and Diversity

Sanctuary Group encourages and welcomes applications from people from diverse backgrounds to support our commitment to offering an inclusive environment for our employees and customers.
We work closely with the Home Office in order to prevent illegal working.
An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check will be necessary in the event of a successful application which we will pay for.
Sanctuary Supported Living is a trading name of Sanctuary Housing Association and Sanctuary Home Care Limited, both exempt charities.

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