Support/Relief Workers – Women’s Services

Salary: £17,612-£19,601 
Closing Date: 6 July 2020

Simon Community Scotland is the largest provider of homelessness services in Scotland, with a reputation for excellence. Everything we do is about and for people: the people we support, our staff, our partners and everyone affected by homelessness. Our values matter to us and we are looking for people who share those, who are committed to making a positive difference, and who are skilled in relating to people and working in a person-centred way to find solutions to help people recover from homelessness. Within our services we are proud to provide accommodation specifically designed for women experiencing homelessness.

The women who enter our accommodation services, usually have multiple experiences of abuse and disadvantage, including childhood abuse, domestic and sexual violence and exploitation through prostitution including coercion and control. They may have physical and mental health problems, criminal records and experience of street homelessness, any combination of which can lead to learned survival and coping strategies that can often be a barrier to accessing and benefiting from support services.

Our aim is to provide a safe place that accepts women as they are whilst supporting them to identify goals and find ways of moving forward and away from the harm they live with. 

Are you as passionate as we are about providing high quality, safe accommodation to women experiencing homelessness? If the answer is yes we are looking for you to join us and work within a fast-paced team of dedicated women who have a woman-centred approach that focuses on safety and recovery. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide high quality accommodation and housing related support to women.
  • Provide individual and, where possible, group work support.
  • Ensure that women are provided with a safe, supportive and welcoming environment to support them to stabilise, gain independence skills, sustain their tenancies, and access appropriate move-on accommodation.
  • Work within a recovery and psychologically informed approach, supporting women to maximise their safety, independence and wellbeing.
  • Liaise effectively and collaboratively with all appropriate agencies and community groups.
  • Take part in the assessment of women; including gathering additional information from supporting agencies.
  • Carry out needs assessments which effectively establish the support needs of women and enable relevant support to be offered as quickly as possible.
  • Advise women on personal safety and safety procedures regarding the accommodation service.
  • Be responsible for the accommodation service, ensuring a supportive, homely and safe environment is maintained along with a daily staff presence.

This is not an exhaustive list of your duties and outlines the general ways in which it is expected you will meet the overall requirements of this post.

We have full and part-time vacancies for support workers as well as opportunities to join our relief staff team. Relief hours are based on service delivery needs and offers an exciting chance to build up your experience and skills, these roles are ideally suited to students and those who can be flexible with their time and availability. 

For genuine occupational requirement reasons we are looking to appoint females only for these posts (exemption under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9)

If you are interested in applying, please visit our website to complete our online application and submit an up to date CV to  jobs@simonscotland.org. Closing date 6th July 2020.

Please Apply Here

Please note, we require both application and CV to progress onto our shortlisting process. You must also specify what job you are applying for when submitting your CV.