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Title:  Project Worker - Temporary until 31/3/19


St Leonards on Sea, South East, GB, TN37 6RX

Department:  Care (Qualified and Non-Qualified Care Staff)
Operation:  Sanctuary Supported Living
Requisition Number:  42408

Project Worker – Temporary until 31/3/19 with a potential 12 month contract extension

Merrick House, St Leonards on Sea

£9.44 per hour (rising to £9.94 after 12 months, subject to satisfactory performance)

37.5 hours  – Day shifts - 4 on, 4 off, covering 7 days


We are seeking an enthusiastic and proactive Project Worker to join our new Rough Sleeping Initiative Assessment Unit team based at Merrick House. You will be joining a team who are passionate about their roles and providing excellent support to our clients. This is a rewarding position, in which you will be empowering our clients to succeed through developing positive professional relationships.

This new service, which is the first of its kind in the area and part of an exciting venture with the Rough Sleeping Initiative, Hastings and Eastbourne, will provide temporary housing along with intensive support to those with complex needs, including drug and alcohol addictions, mental health and other needs. This service is externally funded and negotiations will determine a potential 12 month extension past 31/3/19.

Working alongside a multi-disciplinary team you will carry out holistic assessments of each individuals needs, developing a bespoke support plan to enable individuals to access long-term accommodation, including supported accommodation, social and private sector tenancies and Housing First accommodation.

The role of Project Worker will include:

  • Providing support to clients as and when required, working towards empowering them to succeed and move into their own independent accommodation
  • Supporting clients in developing independent living skills to prepare for a future tenancy
  • Liaison with members of the multi-disciplinary team and other partner agencies
  • Recording daily notes, assessing clients’ needs and writing and updating person centered action plans
  • Completing assessment interviews and risk assessments, effectively communicating what support the client will need
  • Developing transition plans with clients and ensuring relevant tenancy and benefit sign up is completed
  • Conducting health and safety checks, including completing risk assessments, recording accidents and reporting repairs

Skills and experiences:

  • You should have a working knowledge and experience of clients with mental health needs, trauma, substance misuse issues and anti-social behaviour
  • You will have an understanding of the principles of trauma-informed support
  • You will be non-judgmental and mindful of professional boundaries
  • You will have effective communication skills with the ability to relay complex information clearly
  • A calm demeanor, as you may sometimes encounter challenging situations
  • Experience in tenancy support would be beneficial
  • Previous experience working with the homelessness client group is desirable but not essential
  • GCSE’s in English and Maths at grade C or above, or equivalent, is essential

Why work for us?

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 and floating support. We specialise in services for young people, homeless families and individuals, people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and people with mental health needs.

Ready to join us?

As part of our commitment to making Sanctuary a great place to work, we offer a comprehensive reward and benefits package appropriate for the role that you do, including:

  • A pension scheme, with matching contributions from Sanctuary up to set limits
  • At least 25 days paid holiday, rising to 30 days after 5 years service (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

Read the full job profile here

Closing Date: 14 December 2018

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 us, take a look at #LifeatSanctuary on Twitter’

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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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