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Project Worker

COPE GalwayGalwayFull-time

Vision and Mission COPE Galway’s vision is a community where every person is valued, cared for, and supported at every stage of life.

We work to achieve this vision by providing essential supports for people at challenging times in their lives, and by advocating for systemic change to remove the root causes of inequality and disadvantage that constrain the wellbeing and development of individuals, families and communities.

Our mission is to make a difference by empowering people, creating change and strengthening communities. We understand, respect and respond to the needs of those who struggle with the challenges of homelessness and domestic abuse and we support older people towards healthy and active ageing.

The COPE Galway Approach Everything we do is guided by the COPE Galway Approach to help us achieve our vision of a community where every person is valued, cared for and supported at every stage of life. This assets-based and person-centred approach recognises that each person has attributes and strengths that can make positive differences in their own lives. We achieve results for the people we work with because of our Approach.

The COPE Galway Approach is built on: - Understanding - Deep listening, storytelling, learning, developing, openness, connections.

- Respect - Valuing the whole person, empowering, trusting, believing in the potential of others, drawing on strengths and abilities.

- Response - Quality, professionalism, making an impact, challenging ourselves, continuous improvement.

Strong human relationships form the basis for the COPE Galway Approach. These relationships are established on how we understand and respect those we work with and how we respond so that we positively impact people’s lives.

See COPE Galway Strategy 2020-2025 ‘Making a difference’ for further details on the COPE Galway Approach. COPE Galway homeless services COPE Galway responds to the needs of a range of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Galway City – see Appendix 1 below for details.

Background COPE Galway is contracted by Galway City Council to operate and manage a Family Hub which provides Supported Temporary Accommodation (STA) for families who are homeless in Galway City. This Family Hub operates from one building in Galway City with capacity to accommodate up to 10 families comprising of no more than 40 individuals including children. This is a 24 hour, seven-day service all year round. It takes referrals from Galway City Council Assessment and Placement services and works in close cooperation with COPE Galway Family Support Service for homeless. Comprehensive assessment support planning, exit strategy, key working and interagency case management of families, including families with complex or high support needs are all requirements of the service.

Overall Purpose of the job The post of Project Worker will be primarily responsible for working with a case load of families accommodated in the Hub, supporting them through their stay and assisting them to secure move on permanent housing. The Project Worker will work as part of a team comprising of a Team Leader and a mix of Project Workers, Assistant Project Workers, relief staff, an Accommodation Supervisor and weekend cleaning staff. Working in close cooperation with other members of this team the post holder will have responsibility for the supervision of the project when on duty, working with and supporting families during their stay in the Family Hub

This role will also involve working directly with clients of the service responding appropriately to their needs and will be part of the core staffing cover on a rostered basis.

This job description will be subject to review to take account of any changes necessary as the project develops over time.

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