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High Support Project Worker

About us

1625 Independent People prevents youth homelessness in the South West and has been helping 16-25 year olds reboot their lives for over 30 years. With around 100 staff in four locations, we provided housing and support to around 2500 young people last  year.

We’re one of the brightest youth organisations in the South West, leaders in our field, no other organisation in the area has the same wealth of experience.

You can read more about what we do and who we are.

About the job

(Please read the full job description for more detail)

Closing date: 9am Monday 20 November 2017
Intervews: Friday 24 November 2017

Terms, conditions and benefits:

  • Pay: £21,268 to £23,398 (NJC 23-26) per year starting at the bottom of the scale.
  • Contract type: Permanent.
  • This is a full time post, 40 hours per week.
  • 30 days' annual leave plus Bank Holidays.
  • Free Health Scheme with UK Healthcare.
  • Pension - Employer contributes 4% and employees contribute a minimum of 0.8%, (see Summ of T&Cs below).
  • There is a requirement to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends on a set rota - using an annualised hours working system. 
The job is based at one of our two high support hostels, Bristol Foyer and St George's House, Bristol.

You’ll be working in the High Support Team and line managed by the Deputy Project Manager.

We have vacancies for three Project Worker roles which offer a great opportunity to join our highly motivated and skilled High Support Team. The team collectively provide supported accommodation for homeless young people (including care leavers) within our two higher support hostels, located in central Bristol. You will join them in providing support and practical help to enable them to develop their independent living skills including managing a home to enable them to work towards their aspirations and successfully move on.
Your role as Project Worker will include having a case load of around 13 young people who you will see for an hour at least once a week. You will support young people to manage their housing and develop the skills to live independently as part of a wider community, to enable our overall goal of empowering each young person and enabling their independence.
In the same way that no two young people are the same, neither are any two working days, and your work will be variable, interesting, at times challenging but never dull! We are currently looking for people who are resilient and comfortable working in a stimulating and dynamic environment.
These roles offer a great opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and experience in support work, particularly within supported accommodation. Our commitment as a learning organisation means you will be able to develop in the role with a view to securing future opportunities.

The team are very supportive of each other and you will take part in monthly, facilitated reflective practice sessions to improve your own and the team's practice, with an overall aim of improving outcomes for young people.

Supported by our psychologically informed approaches, an average day might include:
  • Planned key work sessions with young people, assisting them with achieving personal goals. 
  • Supporting young people to maximise their income and minimise debts including management rent arrears.
  • Attending a multi-agency meeting.

I love life

About you

You have empathy and understanding of the needs of homeless young people, young people leaving care, and the barriers they face. You like being around and working with young people.

You are person centred, with strong organisational skills able to prioritise your workload. 

You are flexible, assertive and resilient in order to develop effective working relationships with young people and engage a variety of personalities. 
You are creative in promoting equality of opportunity to all of the young people who use our services.
You have a well-developed sense of how to set and maintain boundaries, confidentiality and how to communicate well with young people - individually and in groups.
You are comfortable assessing and working with appropriate risk whilst being able to manage health and safety.
You have strong record-keeping, administration, IT and time management skills. 
You are able to manage a caseload effectively. A working knowledge of the issues that young people or other vulnerable groups need support with is critical.

Ideally you have experience of working in either the housing or support sector. Experience of support planning and rent management would also be an advantage. 
If you’d like to have an informal chat about the role please contact Vicky Holder, Deputy Project Manager, on vicky.holder@1625ip.co.uk.

Closing Date: 9am Monday 20 November 2017

Interviews:  Friday 24 November 2017

Sometimes we get a lot of applications and we are unable to respond to everyone. So, if you have not heard from us by 22 November 2017 please assume that you have not been successful in your application. Alternatively, we will contact you by e-mail and/or telephone to invite you to an interview. Interviews will be held at our Head Office on Old Market Street.


Download the documents in the Job Pack below or email jobs@1625ip.co.uk

Job pack


Returning completed applications:

You can send your application by email to jobs@1625ip.co.uk or by post to:
HR Department
Independent People
Kingsley Hall
59 Old Market Street

Equal opportunities for everyone

We safeguard and promote the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
We expect all our staff to do this and to have appropriate criminal and reference checks. Any job offer will depend on a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Barred List Disclosure Check. 

We believe ex-offenders should have an equal chance to become employees or volunteers. Having a criminal record does not automatically mean you can’t work here. We will take the time to consider the offence, the role and the risk.

We pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer for everyone regardless of age, disability, gender identity, race, religion and beliefs, sex and sexual orientation. Our workforce should represent our community.

We are particularly keen to increase applications from Black and Minority Ethnic groups as they are currently under-represented. This said, all applications are only considered on merit.

We do everything we can to make sure our recruitment opportunities don’t have barriers for disabled applicants. If you have a disability and need an adjustment made to any part of the recruitment process please let us know as soon as possible.

Some examples of types of adjustments we can make are:

  • If you have dyslexia and need extra time during assessments, this can be agreed.
  • If you use a wheelchair or have limited mobility we can make sure your interview is in an accessible room.
  • If you have back pain and need to stretch we can provide breaks in an interview.
Please read our full Policies above for more detailed information or for further advice please contact us on  jobs@1625ip.co.uk
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