Fixed Term until August 9 th , 2022
Part-time 22.5 hours per week
Manchester (occasional travel to London and other partner cities will be required
Closing date: 2 nd September 2021 at 11.30 pm. Interview dates: 10 th September 2021
Are you a proactive and compassionate individual with excellent relationship-building skills and lived experience of homelessness? Then join Shelter as a Peer Project Worker and you could soon be playing a key support role at the heart of our vital work.
A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change, with individuals, in communities, across society, and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.
At Shelter we are united by our purpose to defend the right to a safe home. Our enemy is the social injustice at the core of the escalating housing emergency. We believe that to win that fight, we must be representative of the people we are here to help and those who support our movement for change. In all our people decisions, we take pride in being inclusive, fair, equitable and transparent.
We have committed to combat racism both within and outside Shelter and welcome you on our journey to becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.
About the team
Working in partnership with Crisis and Groundswell, #HealthNow is a national homeless health project, working towards an inclusive health system where everyone has access to the health care they need. The service is delivered by volunteers with lived experience and is a front-facing project delivering one-to-one support on an outreach basis.
Within Shelter, Manchester there is a fulltime Project Coordinator, reporting to the Programme Manager, whom our successful candidate will support, while nationally the #HealthNow Team currently consists of seven team members, working in London, Birmingham and Newcastle.
About the role
We are looking for someone who can use their lived experience of homelessness (all forms, including street homelessness, temporary accommodation, sofa surfing and destitution) to support our Project Coordinator to deliver the Homeless Health Peer Advocacy Service in Manchester. You will help to recruit volunteers and support them through their induction with Shelter, support them with their ongoing training, and help to develop progression packages of support tailored to individual volunteer needs. You will also be expected to contribute to all aspects of setting up and delivering the Peer Advocacy Support Project and to provide day-to-day support for peer advocates and peer research volunteers. Accompanying volunteers on outreach appointments, supporting with referrals, attending group meetings, and administering expenses are all also essential aspects of the role.
To make this exciting opportunity yours, you must have personal experience of homelessness and use of support services (please note: this only includes personal experience of having been homeless and does not include working in the homelessness sector or having friends or family members who have been homeless). Empathetic and approachable, you will have excellent interpersonal, relationship-building and verbal communication skills and be able to work well both in a team and independently. A good level of literacy, numeracy and IT skills and a willingness to develop these skills is vital as is an understanding of the challenges to accessing healthcare faced by people who are experiencing homelessness.
We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, payroll giving, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.
Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.
To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter please visit our website. Apply to be part of our team and be the change you want to see in society.
Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.
Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.