1625 Independent People

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Night Housing Assistants – Part time and Full-time

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

(Please read the full job description for more detail)

Closing date: 12pm Monday 25th June 2018

Interviews: Tuesday 03rd July 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:

  • Full and Part Time Vacancies
  • Annualised hours (Full time 2080 hours, part time 1040 per annum)
  • Weekly working hours: Full time 40, part time 20 hours (including lunch breaks)
  • Permanent
  • Pay: £17,419 to £18,746 per year (NJC Scale 16 - 19) starting at the bottom of the scale (pro rata for part time)
  • 240 hours annual leave plus Bank Holidays equating to 8 hours per bank holiday for FTE (pro rata for part time)
  • Free Health Scheme with UK Healthcare  
  • Pension - Employer contributes 4% and employees contribute a minimum of 0.8%, (see Summary of T&Cs below) 



The role

You will be joining our highly motivated and skilled High Support 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 .
No two nights are the same, and during the night you will be completing a number of tasks alongside supporting young people and meeting their needs. This can include coordinating emergency accommodation referrals, cleaning and clearing of void rooms, regular building checks, reporting maintenance issues, safeguarding and liaison with statutory services, and managing the challenging behaviours displayed by the young people.
You might also support young people to understand their rights and responsibilities of the accommodation agreement and help with the collection of accommodation charges.
You will play a vital role in providing a listening ear to young people whether that is catching up with them or helping them resolve a problem.
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. 


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 real interest in helping young people develop their confidence and independent living skills.  You are able to be flexible and to react appropriately to a wide range of scenarios.
You can maintain professional boundaries with young people at all times, are able to communicate well and can use IT to at least a basic level.
You do not necessarily need experience of working directly with young people or within a hostel setting – an understanding of young people’s needs is more important, as is a positive, can do attitude.
Everything else we can teach you and we will provide a comprehensive induction into the role and the service, with ongoing training.
If you would like to have an informal chat about the role please contact St George Hostel, Hostel Manager: 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

Closing date: 12pm Monday 25th June 2018

Interviews: Tuesday 03rd July 2018


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