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Senior Project Worker (High Support Services)

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: 12pm Tuesday, 1 May 2018
Interviews: Thursday 10th May 2018

Due to the volume of applications we receive we are unable to contact unsuccessful applications prior to the interview stage. If you have not heard from us within a week please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Terms, conditions and benefits:

  • Hours per week : Full time 40 hours
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Pay: £22,658- £24,964 per year (NJC Scale 25 - 28), starting at the bottom of the scale
  • 30 days' annual leave plus Bank Holidays
  • Free Employee Health Scheme with UK Healthcare 
  • Pension - Employer contributes 4% and employees contribute a minimum of 0.8%, (see Summary of T&Cs below).
  • To work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends on a set rota.

Where and who?

You’ll be working in the High Support Services team and will be line managed by the Project Manager.  You’ll be based at Bristol Foyer with occasional work at St Georges House.



The role

The role of Senior Project Worker is a newly created role to extend the support and opportunities for young people in our higher support hostels.

You will be joining our highly motivated and skilled High Support Services team who 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 our young people to develop their independent living skills and in ensuring the health, safety and security of the residents, staff, visitors and the projects including.

This role offers a great development opportunity to establish and extend staff support and management skills through supervisory responsibility for our Weekend Housing Assistants and providing advice and guidance to Project Workers. This is a great career development opportunity for the right candidate.

You will also continue 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 to secure future opportunities.

Your role will include having a case load of around 7 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 people and enabling their independence.
In the same way 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.

Supported by our psychologically informed approaches, an average day will include:
  • Supervising staff
  • Planned key work session 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 have experience of and/or the ability to work within a team with a flexible approach and strong commitment to joint working.

You have the skills and experience to provide leadership, support and guidance to peers so that young people can develop the skills to live independently.

You have the ability to provide effective line management.

You are flexible, assertive and resilient in order to develop effective working relationships with young people and engage a variety of personalities.

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 Chris Marshall, christopher.marshall@1625ip.co.uk, 0117 927 6600


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


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 post to:
HR Department
Independent People
Kingsley Hall
59 Old Market Street

or email: jobs@1625ip.co.uk

Closing date: 12pm Tuesday, 1 May 2018
Interviews: Thursday 10th May 2018

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