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Resident Adult - Housing

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 2000 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: Midnight, Sunday 4 March 2018
Intervews: Monday 12 March 2018

Terms, conditions and benefits:

A live-in position as part of one of our large shared houses in Bishopston, Bristol.
  • Rent and utilities charges are covered by 1625ip under this contract
  • Pay: £2,505.86 per year (pending review due to upcoming changes to National Minimum Wage and Accommodation Offset)
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Annual leave: 91 hours per annum (inclusive of bank holiday entitlement)
  • Free Health Scheme with UK Healthcare
  • There is a requirement to work flexibly which will include evening and weekend work.

About the role

The post is based in the Housing Team and line managed by the Deputy Housing Manger within our dispersed housing contract.

Residents Adults provide a vital role in our dispersed housing team. You will live in a shared house with up to four young people, assisting them in the smooth running of the house and acting as a positive example of independent living.

Previous resident adults have worked full time, some have been students, active retirees and people with minimal travel commitments who tend to be around at evenings and weekends.

The young people all have a dedicated professional support worker who supports them towards becoming independent. However, they can’t be there all the time. We have found that some young people do really well and settle in much quicker if there’s a bit of extra support on hand. The resident adult role provides this additional support.

You will provide up to twelve hours low level support every week, mostly in the evenings and at weekends. The young people each have their own lockable bedroom with a communal kitchen and bathroom. The Resident Adult has a large unfurnished double room.

You will help keep the house running smoothly by helping young people settle in, doing safety checks and making sure people are sticking to the house rules (cleaning/visitors etc), all the while reporting back to the support worker. In return, you will have your own secure room, sharing communal facilities with utilities included.

A typical week might involve:

  • being available to the young people if they need help
  • supporting them with life skills such as cooking and cleaning
  • carrying out safety checks
  • providing a listening ear and dealing with any inconsiderate behaviour; such as loud music.
This is a really rewarding role, helping young people at a crucial time in their support. Maintaining a positive dynamic in a shared house can be challenging - the young people don’t necessarily know each other at first but when it works, you’re essentially creating a home where young people can feel safe and grow.

Even though you work in the community you will also be part of the 1625ip Housing Team, meeting monthly with your line manager and attend at least one house meeting with all the residents every month. We’ll provide a full induction into the role and the service, with ongoing training.

The team are very supportive of each other and through reflective practice we are always learning from our own and each other’s experiences. Our work is rooted in providing support in a Psychologically Informed Environment framework known as PIE.

Our Bristol dispersed housing team provides a high-quality support and housing management service to young people from a homeless background, assisting them to move on towards independence in secure, permanent accommodation.


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 love being the 'go to' person, dealing with situations, helping people work things out for themselves but being supportive and listening. You’re good at maintaining boundaries and knowing when to escalate things.



We believe in equal opportunities for everyone – you can read our full statement on our website. If you’d like to have an informal chat about the role please contact Tracey Rouemaine, Deputy Dispersed Housing Manager, Tracey.Rouemaine@1625ip.co.uk.

Download the documents in the Job Pack at www.1625ip.co.uk/careers, email jobs@1625ip.co.uk   or call 0117 317 8800.


Closing Date: Midnight, Sunday 4 March 2018
Interviews:  Monday 12 March 2018

Download the documents in the job pack below or email jobs@1625ip.co.uk.

Sometimes we get a lot of applications and we are unable to respond to everyone. So, if you have not heard from us by Tuesday 6 March 2018 please assume that you have not been successful in your application. 


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


Returning completed applications:

You can send your application by post to:
HR Department
Independent People
Kingsley Hall
59 Old Market Street

or email: jobs@1625ip.co.uk

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 reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex (gender) or 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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