Our client has an exciting opportunity to work within the Gypsy, Traveller and Boater community support team. In this well-established service in B&NES you will take a senior role within a small team. You will have experience of working with vulnerable client groups who are often socially excluded and marginalised. They think this role may appeal to someone who wants to take a step up from their current responsibilities and they endeavour to recognise potential. This role is part time at 30 hours per week.
About the company:
Our client is a growing voluntary organisation providing services to people facing acute challenges in their lives. Their vision is a just society where socially excluded people are supported and empowered to build sustainable, independent lives.
Our client now operates a range of services all over the South West, not only addressing the needs of homeless people but also the root causes of homelessness. Their projects include their hostel in Bath, social enterprises, supported housing, domestic violence refuges, refugee support, homelessness prevention, criminal justice services, and various outreaches.
The travelling communities support services aim to improve the lives of Gypsy, Showpeople, Roma, Boater and Traveller communities in Bath and North East Somerset. As well as working with people on a 1:1 basis, the service runs group events and helps empower people to highlight the health needs of the communities and influence services to ensure that there are trusting relationships and fair access to health and social care for those who need it.
The day-to-day duties:
* Promote the service to individuals and groups within GRT and boater communities, supporting the development of stake holder groups and Community Champions who can help lead the service within their own community
* Help assess the health and social needs of individuals, families and groups and through signposting, information and support, promote routes of access to these services
* Be a resource and point of contact and expertise for mainstream services - providing awareness training and presentations
* Challenge prejudice, inequality and injustice where they are encountered
* Maintain accurate records and contribute to analysis of data within the service and contribute to funding bids to ensure development of the service locally and regionally.
* Participate in the on-going evaluation of the service
* To provide supervision and leadership for the Gypsy & Traveller Outreach and Engagement Worker
* To work in close partnership with the company's Homeless Outreach Staff
* To work in close partnership with specialist services for GRT and live aboard boaters
* Identify, map and report on GRT families and groups and the liveaboard boating community, gathering demographic and other information
Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications required:
The successful candidate will have-
- The ability to plan and organise own work
- Extensive knowledge of health and social care provision and local/national policy drivers
- Understanding of the different Gypsy and Traveller groups who use the service
- The ability to work flexibly towards creative, client centred solutions with individuals who may have seeming intractable problems and who may be suspicious of services
- The ability to build effective relationships with clients and communities in order to develop pathways enable clients to access services and advocate for their own needs
- Excellent problem solving and analysis skills
- Excellent range of interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills
- Ability to set boundaries, challenge appropriately and manage conflict constructively
- Experience of outreach or community based work
- Experience of assessment of needs and case management
- Experience of multi-agency working
- A full driving license and access to a vehicle for work purposes
Working with GRT and liveaboard boating communities and/or personal lived experience of being in the travelling communities is desirable.
- Health or Social Care qualification at degree level or equivalent
What they offer:
- £22,500 pro rata
- Cash Health Plan
- Flexible Annual Leave
- Excellent supervision, training and development opportunities
- A chance to be part of an exciting and highly respected charity, making real difference to the lives of socially excluded people around the South West
For more information about them and full job description and person specification, please read the attached recruitment pack.
How to Apply
If you feel you have the relevant skills and experience for this position, please click 'Apply' and complete their online application form. Please note they do not accept CVs.
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