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Relief Social Care Workers

Peter McVerry TrustDublin€16.02 per hourContractPart-time

This is an exciting opportunity to work with a leading organisation in the field of social care and inclusion, this opportunity will allow you to develop your professional practice to an exceptional standard and offers you a structured career and professional development path.

About Peter McVerry Trust: Established in 1983 by Fr Peter McVerry the charity works with individuals at risk of, or experiencing homelessness, primarily in the Dublin region. Peter McVerry Trust provides a wide range of services in the areas of prevention, housing, homelessness, under 18s residential and drug treatment.

Our Vision: “An Ireland that supports all those on the margins and upholds their rights to full inclusion in society.”

Our Mission:

Peter McVerry Trust is committed to reducing homelessness and the harm caused by drug misuse and social disadvantage. Peter McVerry Trust provides low-threshold entry services, primarily to younger persons with complex needs, and offers pathways out of homelessness based on the principlesof the Housing First model and within a framework that is based on equal opportunities, dignity and respect.

Key Responsibilities and Duties:

  • To work for Peter McVerry Trust within the authority delegated to him/her by the /Team Leader/Social Care Leader;
  • Meet with the Manager/Team Leader/Social Care Leader at regular intervals regarding the progress of his/her work;
  • To assist the Manager/Team Leader/Social Care Leader in the day to day running of the project.

To provide direct support to residents through:

  • Intervention, support and supervision;
  • When required, advocacy and referral to community services;
  • Supervising the behavior of the residents at all times;
  • Liaising withthe appropriate staff in accessing move-on accommodation for the residents;
  • Planning recreational and/or group activities.

To assist with residents’ case work through:

  • Communication with staff of Peter McVerry Trust where relevant
  • Assisting with resident’s Individual Personal Plans;
  • Ensuring that residents are fully informed about all entitlements.

To maintain a safe and healthy living environment through:

  • Adherence to safety and security protocols;
  • Ensuring that the environment is maintained to a high standard at all times;
  • Assigning routine tasks and domestic duties to residents;
  • Keeping stock of household necessities and purchasing weekly groceries;
  • Providing meals along with residents to support the development of independent living skills;
  • Advice and help to residents with housekeeping needs;
  • Mediating disputes and encouraging co-operation.

To respond to requests for service through:

  • Links with other Peter McVerry Trust services, screening and assessment;
  • Communication of information and referral to resources;
  • Offering ongoing support to former residents.

To undertake administrative duties through:

  • Maintaining residents’ details and documentation;
  • Actively participating in staff meetings;
  • Providing written reports to the Manager/ Team Leader/Social Care Leader where necessary;
  • Recording any Incidents / Accidents that may occur.

Change in work programme:

It may be necessary, from time to time, for workload to be re-prioritised in order to accommodate workloads in other areas of the organization.Due notice and consultation will be given.

To have a positive and enthusiastic attitude in work:

  • In your interactions with management, staff and residents of the Peter McVerry Trust.
  • In your interactions with external agencies while representing the Peter McVerry Trust.

Other Duties:

Any other duties as designated by the Manager/Team Leader/Social Care Leader.

Person Specification:

Qualifications and Experience:·

Working Towards Degree level qualification in Social Care, Youth Work, Community Work, Addiction Studies Psychology,, Social Science, Degree level qualified in social care/ or related discipline

Essential competencies:

  • Commitment to providing the highest level of service, communication skills– oral, aural and written, openness to change
  • Effective team working, professionalism, respect for others, focus on outcomes, contributing
  • to the prevention and management of challenging behaviour and resilience and
  • positive outlook

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