|Job Title||Prep Connect Worker - Newport|
|Pub Date||5 days ago|
www.uk-jobs.pro - The Wallich is currently in need of quality applicants to fill PREP Connect Worker - Newport.
is a homelessness charity delivering innovative housing and support services to homeless and vulnerably housed people. The Organisation formed in 1978 in Cardiff and now supports around 8000 people a year across Wales. Our work falls into four principal areas:
1. Residential supported housing projects, including direct access hostels, emergency night shelters and accommodation for people with specific issues such as substance misuse, youth services etc.
2. Floating (Tenancy) support projects in which we support people who have tenancy difficulties, sometimes with a contributing health or other need, and are in danger of losing their homes.
3. Prevention or intervention projects supplied through Homelessness Prevention Grant funding which are a broad range of services that prevent homelessness or make life better for homeless people.
4. Participation and Progression services, which are embedded in all our projects enhancing support through providing opportunities for Service Users to take an active part in their community. These services include those designed to enable people to move into meaningful activities including employment and training opportunities.
’s values are of empowerment and treating people with dignity, respect and unconditional positive regard. is committed to providing services that are trauma informed and delivered with Psychologically Informed Environments (PIE) at the heart of its support. A PIE is an approach to supporting people out of homelessness whilst making significant and positive progress in overcoming trauma, substance misuse and mental illness. It also considers the psychological needs of staff: developing skills and knowledge, increasing motivation, job satisfaction and resilience. At the heart of what we do are the people we support, who are actively and meaningfully involved in their own support and encouraged to participate in the design, development and delivery of services.Project Description
The project operates across Newport working with homeless prison leavers, providing housing related support prior to release and in the community, with the aim of preventing homelessness and increasing independence. The project is funded through the Supporting People Programme Grant and is required to meet the Welsh Government’s National Outcomes Framework. The Framework’s four main aims are:
To support homeless prison leavers prior to, during and post release to ensure they have a seamless transition from prison to resettlement back into the community.
The majority of the work will involve working with clients so that housing and support needs can be identified and planned for through partnership working with the Local Authority and other agreed partners. A key element to the role following release will be to ensure a planned and coordinated handover to other agencies takes place.
This role is subject to an Enhanced DBS Check.
**Previous applicants need not apply.
We do not accept unsolicited agency referrals for this position and do not consider any applicants, to have been introduced to us via agency.Main Duties, Responsibilities and Person Profile
Main duties and responsibilities
1. To ensure that client needs are met and that they benefit from the consistent application of policy and procedure.
a. To ensure the provision of services that meet clients’ needs.
b. To ensure that clients have a means of expressing their views and that this expression receives appropriate consideration.
c. To ensure that clients are aware of the mission, aims and objectives, policies and procedures of the projects and the duties, responsibilities and obligations of staff.
d. To ensure that policy and procedure is applied consistently to all clients and that all clients are afforded equality of opportunity.
e. To ensure new clients are introduced to the service properly completing any necessary documentation and fulfilling other procedural requirements.
f. To work with clients pre and post release from prison with particular reference to:
Assess the type and level of need in addition to assessing risk and development of risk plans
To develop support plans with clients in response to needs and risk assessments prior to release from prison
To facilitate telephone assessments with clients where necessary
To liaise with the Local Authority and other agreed partners to find solutions to identified needs, including homelessness prevention work wherever possible
Ensuring assessment and support is comprehensive, planned and appropriate in preparation for release from prison
To complete appropriate referrals in response to identified needs and coordinate handover to other agencies following release from prison
To initially work alongside clients with complex needs including those with dual diagnosis
Signposting and making arrangements to ensure clients’ support, care and health needs are met
To provide feedback and be the link between the client and Local Authority with regard to resettlement
Establishing effective support mechanisms for clients including short term transitional support if necessary, and referral to appropriate agencies so that ongoing support needs can be addressed in the community
To operate an appointment system for prison leavers to access advice and guidance following release.
g. To maintain accurate and up to date records on clients according to procedure.
2. To supervise and mentor an allocated number of volunteers.
a. To provide regular supervision to allocated volunteers in line with Supervision Policy.
b. To mentor volunteers providing hands on experience in a safe environment.
c. To agree with volunteers any development needs and take appropriate measures to action these.
d. To monitor work done by volunteers and to ensure that duties and responsibilities are fulfilled and obligations are met.
e. To ensure that the volunteers have a consistent understanding of the mission, values, aims, objectives and policies and procedures of the project.
3. To assist in monitoring the effectiveness of the project ensuring objectives and targets are met.
a. To assist the Project Manager with gathering quantitative and qualitative information relating to objectives and targets.
b. To ensure that records of Service Users accessing the service are maintained.
c. To provide statistics and other information to funders as requested by the Project Manager
4. To assist in the overall running of the project.
a. To work in line with all Wallich policies and procedures.
b. To participate in own supervision.
c. To undertake relevant training.
d. To represent at relevant external meetings.
e. To liaise with relevant bodies – Housing Associations, support agencies etc. – as appropriate and as the organisation’s representative.
f. To ensure the maintenance of good standards of cleanliness, hygiene and adherence to Health and Safety regulations.
g. To develop links with voluntary and statutory bodies in furtherance of the organisation’s work and for the benefit of the Service User.
h. To report to the Project Manager regularly informing him/her of issues arising during the course of the work that require policy decisions.
i. To ensure adequate administrative records are kept.
j. To take part in all aspects of lone working as directed by the policy.
k. To partake in a team handover where applicable.
l. To undertake other duties within the remit of the post.
a. To partake in rota and on call system as required.
b. To work and travel across Newport, and other areas as applicable.
The list of duties and responsibilities is not an exhaustive one and may be varied from time to time by the Manager. This job description is subject to regular review.
a. Knowledge and understanding of current Homelessness Law, the Criminal Justice System and DWP Benefits.
b. Knowledge and understanding of the current welfare changes and the potential implications to housing related support and vulnerable people.
c. Knowledge and understanding of substance misuse and its effects on people, their families and their communities.
d. Knowledge and understanding of how complex needs including mental health can affect individuals and their vulnerability.
e. Knowledge and understanding of the current legal frameworks within which you are expected to work (e.g. POVA, Children’s Act, Mental Health Act, Health and Safety at Work Act, Misuse of Drugs Act).
f. Knowledge and understanding of the need to evidence outcomes and the connection with future funding.
a. Experience of working with individuals with complex needs, particularly people involved in the criminal justice system.
b. Experience of housing related support or homelessness (this can be from a personal perspective).
c. Experience of completing needs and risks assessments.
d. Experience of planning and delivering support.
e. Experience of monitoring and recording systems.
f. Experience of working with volunteers is desirable.
a. Driving licence and own vehicle is essential.
b. Ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable but not essential.
Interview Date: 28 June 2021 via MS Teams or Zoom
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