We have a rewarding opportunity available for a Female Community Outreach Support Worker to join our team based across Bristol. You will join us on part time, fixed term contract until 5th January 2022 working 18.75 hours per week including participation in out of hours telephone on-call rota and some evenings and Saturdays. In return, you will receive a competitive salary of £21,589 per annum pro rata plus benefits.
Established in 1999, Next Link is the leading provider of domestic abuse services to women and children in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. At Next Link we are committed to providing holistic, empowering and personalised support and advocacy to women and children experiencing domestic abuse. With a focus on survivor’s safety and recovery; we believe the provision of flexible support tailored to survivor’s needs can be transforming, helping to maximise independence and self-determination so survivors can make informed choices.
In return for joining us, we will offer you:
- Up to 30 days annual leave (depending on length of service)
- 3 extra holidays including International Women’s Day
- Excellent development and training opportunities
- Employer pension contribution (minimum 5% of your gross salary)
- Mindful Employer Plus Scheme
- Cycle to Work Scheme
- Long Service Awards
- Wellness Awards
About the role:
As our Female Community Outreach Support Worker, you will work within an integrated team within Next Link Domestic abuse services. Providing a co-ordinated package of emotional and practical support, advice and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and their children, who are moving out of safe housing and resettling in the community, already living in the community and still in abusive relationships.
The role involves empowering survivors to increase their options, make positive choices/decisions, increase their confidence, safety and recovery.
Key duties and responsibilities of our Female Community Outreach Support Worker:
- Provide outreach, resettlement and tenancy sustainment support enabling women in the community to safely maintain their current accommodation, access alternative housing, welfare benefits, legal advice and support services
- Maintain an effective support service with the aim of enabling the survivor and her children to develop the skills and resources necessary to move on and maintain independence and self-reliance
- Maintain knowledge of local services, encourage engagement and reduce the families’ isolation
- Recognise, respect and address the needs of service-users who face particular barriers when seeking help to access the service
- Maintain an up to date working knowledge of housing legislation, housing and welfare legislation and the welfare benefit system
- Promote the service through building positive relationships with current, potential referrers and service users to ensure a steady flow of appropriate referrals
- Where relevant, refer children and young people needing additional specialist support to the Family Workers
- Actively participate in regular one-to-one supervision, reflective practice groups, and annual appraisals
What we are looking for in our ideal Female Community Outreach Support Worker:
- An understanding of the impact of domestic abuse on women and children
- Experience of carrying out needs and risk assessments, co-producing risk management and safety plans with women and children experiencing domestic abuse
- Experience providing support to individuals to sustain/ manage their tenancies and avoid tenancy breakdown
- An understanding of cultural diversity and domestic abuse
- The ability to provide respectful, non-judgemental, and confidential support to women and their children
- A full driving licence and access to transport
- Numeracy and literacy to GCSE level/NVQ 2 or equivalent
Closing date: 9am Monday 9th March 2020.
Interview date: Thursday 12th March 2020.
How to apply:
Please apply now to join us as our Female Community Outreach Support Worker and contribute to the valuable work Next Link and its wider services, delivering hope and support to survivors of domestic violence and abuse.
Please monitor your emails following your application.
or contact us by email: HR.Enquiries@missinglinkhousing.co.uk
Telephone: 0117 925 0680
Next Link, 5 Queen Square, Bristol BS1 4JQ
Next Link is part of Missing Link Housing