Relief Support Worker
We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and willing team of Relief Support Workers who want to gain experience in the field of homelessness prevention, and can work flexibly across our services to deliver high-quality support to people who are homeless, or facing homelessness, working with them towards sustainable independence and wellbeing.
The role will include the day to day running of our projects, supporting rough sleepers and vulnerably housed people to access our services, and working with a diverse team to create a safe, secure and welcoming environment for all residents and visitors. This is the perfect opportunity if you want to gain experience working in frontline services or are beginning a career in homelessness or social work.
Ideally (but not essential) you will have experience working with vulnerable people, in particular those with mental health or substance misuse issues. You will be prepared to work flexible hours within a busy and often chaotic environment, with a working knowledge of safeguarding issues. Most importantly, you have the desire to work with the truly vulnerable and marginalised in our community with a positive, problem-solving attitude.
Our services are based in Chichester and Bognor Regis, and we are looking for people who are able to work flexible hours, with a regular commitment to the overall aim of ending homelessness.
More information about our services:
Day Hubs (Bognor Regis & Chichester) - A day centre providing rough sleepers and vulnerably housed people access to a range of amenities including food, shower, laundry facilities and assistance with benefit claims, housing options, and a needle exchange service.
Hostels (Bognor Regis & Chichester) – A 24-hour hostel providing a 'Long Term Stay' development programme offering people a bed for 28 days with a focus on giving people the stability and skills to make positive choices towards longer-term accommodation goals and getting back into the community.
Recovery Service (Bognor Regis) – A 24-hr unique community based 12-bed residential rehabilitation service for people with drug and/or alcohol problems, designed for people who are abstinent from substances and require stabilization. This service is a CQC registered service able to provide support to clients who also experience mental health problems and works with local mental health teams to deliver support.
Winter Beds Provision (Bognor Regis & Chichester) – Cold weather provision for rough sleepers through the winter months, running from November to March every year. We provide bed spaces, an evening meal and toiletry/bedding packs for people to keep them off the streets during the winter, and offer evening support sessions to find more appropriate housing.
A DBS Enhanced Disclosure will be required for this post.