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Accommodation & Community Support Worker-night Shift

Simon CommunityBelfast, AntrimPermanentTemporary
Reports To: Service Manager
Salary: Points 17-21, £17,865 - £20,302 per annum. A range of additional benefits are also available. A range of additional benefits are also available including a minimum of 25 days paid holiday’s plus 12 customary holidays (pro rata), occupational sickness, maternity and paternity schemes, Benenden Private Health, Healthshield Occupational Counselling Service, discounts for high street retailers, contributory pension scheme with salary sacrifice option, structured induction programme and continuous training and personal development opportunities.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Department: Homelessness Services 
Location: Belfast Foyer (Malone Road)
Hours of Work: An average of 35 hours per week. 
Job Purpose: As part of a pilot project for an initial period of 6 months we wish to appoint two Support Workers to provide exclusive night shift cover in Belfast Foyer as an additional third staff member on shift.

The shift pattern for this pilot role is:

Week 1: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Week 2: Wednesday and Thursday 

The hours of work are 19.30 – 06.00. This is an average of 35 hours per week (exclusive of 30-minute break)

The Support Worker will also be required to provide emergency cover on other sites should the need arise, so access to a car or other form of suitable transport is essential.

The role will be evaluated at the end of the pilot period and may be made permanent if deemed successful.

Essential Criteria

1. Ability to demonstrate the core values of the Simon Community to include the following:
  • Understand the importance of dignity and respect for others
  • Willingness to learn, develop and self-reflect
  • Ability to contribute within a team environment
  • Commitment to supporting clients in a non-judgmental manner
  • Professional integrity
  • Willingness to support, protect and empower people
2. IT Skills - ability to use email, internet and databases to electronically record support work (within SCNI we use a client recording system called OSKA but previous use of this is not essential).

3. NISCC Registered (or willing to become registered if appointed) and willing to be subject to Access NI checks. (Successful applicants must commence NISCC registration process prior to employment).

4. Valid driving license and access to a car or other form of transport to undertake duties associated with the role.

Desirable Criteria
1. Six months’ recent experience (either paid or voluntary) of directly supporting people with complex and multiple needs within a residential or community setting gained within the last three years. Complex needs include the following areas:
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Substance Misuse
  • Offending
  • Mental Health
  • Young People
2. Experience of identifying support needs, including client specific risks and putting plans in place to support those needs.

3. Maths and English GCSE at Grade C OR an equivalent qualification.

4. A Degree in Social Work or currently studying for a Degree in Social Work.

Successful candidates who demonstrate the required standard for desirable criteria 1 and 2 in both the application and at interview will commence at point 18, £18,217.

The closing date for applications is Friday the 10th of December 2021

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