• Job description

    Directorate of Neighbourhood’s & Customer Services
    Job title: Female Support Worker (including sleepovers)
    Location: Cotswold House, Winsford
    Grade F: £25,730 Pro rata per annum
    Hours of work: 38.5 hours per 4 week rota, working weekends to include a sleepover – Please note: on the 3 Sunday shifts per 8 weeks, there is a requirement to work until 9.30am on the Monday morning. (Rota attached to the recruitment pack).
    Payment for sleepovers £44.14 per – night only paid additionally to salary.

    Cotswold House provides 24 hour supported accommodation to 9 women experiencing homelessness. Our women are aged from 16 upwards and can have a baby living with them. We also offer a resettlement service recognising how vital this follow on work is for tenancy sustainment. Based in Winsford, we have been a part of this supportive community for over 20 years as part of Weaver Vale Housing Trust. A rare opportunity has arisen for 1 person to join our friendly, supportive and professional team working at weekends.

    You will join a small but close-knit team who constantly strive to provide the best possible support to our women from crisis to move on. We don’t have a magic wand, instead we have a dedicated and committed team who can adapt their approach to the individual and what they need, taking time out to build up a trusting relationship that will hopefully encourage lasting change.

    A good understanding of working with women/young people who have experienced trauma is a must, with the patience and belief that each person we work with has the right to feel safe, supported and believed.
    Our Support Workers have an in depth understanding of Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures and are required to make observations, keep accurate records, complete reports and have the confidence to attend meetings including Case Conferences representing the service.

    You must possess excellent communication skills, and have experience in supporting vulnerable women. You will have the ability to deal with crisis situations with reassurance and understanding. You must be flexible, self-motivated and adaptable to change. You must feel confident to lone work and make decisions based on procedures and using your own initiative and rationale.

    The role will require an enhanced DBS check prior to commencement of employment.

    We are advertising for females only, and this post has a genuine occupational qualification and is therefore exempt from current legislation in this area. We also welcome applicants who have experienced homelessness or related issues.

  • How to apply

    For an informal discussion contact Angela Kandeh on 01606 862431.
    Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Wednesday 29th June 2022
    (Please be aware that applications received after this time will not be considered)

    Assessment & Interview Date: Friday 8th July 2022

    To apply please visit our website at www.wvht.co.uk to access the job information pack & complete the attached application form or submit your CV with a covering letter (max. 2 pages) demonstrating how you meet the minimum criteria in relation to the person specification and send to [email protected]

    Those applicants that consider themelves to have a disability and meet the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview. Please confirm within your application if you consider yourself to have a disability.

    Disclaimer: due to the high volume of applications we receive for certain roles, on occasion, we reserve the right to close a vacancy earlier than the advertised date if we have received applications that meet the criteria. Once a vacancy has closed, we are unable to consider further applications, so please submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

    The recruitment manager will review your skills and experience to determine if there is a match with the position for which you applied. If there is, we will contact you by phone or email to schedule an interview or assessment. If your background does not match our current needs, you will not be contacted.

    Please note due to the high volume of applications we are unable to respond to all unsuccessful applicants.
    We appreciate your interest in Weaver Vale Housing Trust and the time you invested applying with us.

    In line with the Trust’s Disclosure & Barring Policy, please confirm if you have any current convictions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

    The Trust invites applications from all members of the community, irrespective of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, religion or disability.

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