1625 Independent People

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Hostel Team Leader

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. Our service works because we include young people at every level of our organisation.

Read more about
what we do and who we are.

About the job

Closing Date: 9am Monday 18th June 2018 
Interviews:  Tuesday 26th June 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 by 22nd June please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. 

Terms, conditions and benefits:

  • Hours per week : 33.75 (0.9FTE) possibly increasing to full time
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Pay: £24,174 to £26,822 per year (pro rata).  NJC 27 – 30 (starting at the bottom of the scale)
  • 30 days' annual leave plus Bank Holidays (pro rata)
  • Free Health Scheme with UK Healthcare  
  • Pension - Employer contributes 4% and employees contribute a minimum of 0.8%, (see Summary of T&Cs below). 
  • There is a requirement to work flexibly as required, which will include occasional evening and weekend work and participation in the on call rota 

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.

Where and who?

Reporting directly to the South Glos Services Manager, you will be based at Southwold House Hostel In Yate as part of the Southwold House Hostel team  and our wider South Glos Services Team. 




The role

This is an exciting opportunity to lead the delivery of a new service for 1625ip, motivating and supporting a team of dedicated workers. You will take the lead in providing comprehensive housing management and high quality support services for residents at Southwold House, a medium to low support hostel based in Yate providing short-term supported accommodation (up to 2 years) for homeless young people (including care leavers).


Together with the South Glos Services and Participation & Learning Team Managers, you will support the integration of our wider engagement and learning and mentoring and participation offer, ensuring young people are encouraged to access opportunities, achieve their goals and aspirations and generally thrive!


You will be well supported in your work by the South Glos Services Manager and our wider highly successful South Glos services, as well as our central support services including maintenance, rents, HR and finance teams


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


 A typical day will include: 

  • Supporting, motivating and supervising staff, ensuring the effective and timely allocation of support and maintaining a responsive service for young people with diverse and complex needs.
  • Supporting the team in the implementation of psychologically informed support, enabling young people to develop trusting relationships and develop belief in their ability to  thrive, achieve what’s important to them and move-forward positively
  • Enabling young people to be involved in and have a voice in service and organisational development 
  • Responding to incidents and safeguarding concerns, liaising with key partners to ensure the safety and wellbeing of young people and staff.



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 have a flexible approach and are passionate about developing young people’s independence and their active involvement of young people in the organisation.

You have experience of working with vulnerable people and an ability to oversee the assessment of needs and risk, understand the implications and manage cases effectively.

You have an ability to deliver effective staff management within a hostel based accommodation service and are able to motivate and lead by example, enabling solutions for staff and young people.

You have excellent skills in housing management, including effective rents management and health and safety.

If you’d like to find out more about the role please contact: Karen Clark, South Glos Services Manager at karen.clark@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



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


Job pack

Summary of main terms of employment (Word, 685Kb)

Application Form (Word, 725Kb)

Job Description (Word, 658Kb)

Person Specification (Word, 656Kb)

Independent People Annual Report 2016/17 (pdf,460)



Independent People Disclosure Policy (pdf, 72Kb)

Independent People Recruitment Policy (pdf, 221Kb)

Independent People Equality and Diversity Policy (pdf, 227Kb)


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: 9am Monday 18th June 2018  Interviews:  Tuesday 26th June 2018

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