Bracknell- Forest Council has been awarded funding for a Rough Sleeper Outreach worker as part of the government's initiative to help end rough sleeping. This exciting initiative will target rough sleepers for housing solutions and cement our existing partnerships across the borough to make a real difference to those with the most extreme housing need.
This is a new opportunity working within our busy Welfare and Housing Service to support individuals who are rough sleeping or at risk of rough sleeping within Bracknell Forest.
We are recruiting two posts on 12 month fixed term contracts who will be working as part of a developing team to deliver a quick response wrap-around service of support and assistance to referrals to rough sleepers and those at risk of rough sleeping to assess needs and facilitate their uptake of homelessness provisions, engagement with specialist support services and journey to independent living.
What we are looking for:
To apply for this role you must have an understanding of the issues, causes, and solutions to rough sleeping and have experience of working in a similar role. You must have a good understanding of Housing Law and the welfare benefit system. You must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and excellent problem solving, planning and recording skills.
You will have a wide ranging experience of working with single homeless people with differing levels of support needs and from different backgrounds and an understanding of the resettlement pathways that need to be in place to reduce rough sleeping. You will be motivated by the desire to make a real impact on individuals and communities and will be able to work on your own initiative as efficiently as possible across many different locations.
The role will require working professionally with a range of statutory and voluntary agencies.
The role will require participating in an outreach rota which will include outside the core 9-5 hours with work on the weekends, evenings and bank holidays.
For an informal discussion please contact Ellie Eghtedar, Head of Welfare and Housing Resources on 01344 351590 or Nicky Jolly, Welfare and Housing Project Officer on 01344 351307.
Assessment and interviews for shortlisted candidates are likely to be held week commencing 3/6/19. The successful candidates must be available to commence in this role no later than the middle of July. Salary will be negotiable between the salary bracket as advertised based on qualification and experience.
Bracknell Forest Council – Working for Equality. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.
How to apply
Please apply online (see below).
It is important that you read the Application Pack before you apply for this job. It contains information that you will need to refer to when applying. Not referring to this information is likely to reduce your chances of success.
Bracknell Forest Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk and expects all staff to share this commitment. All staff employed by the Council in contact with children and adults at risk must be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be undertaken. We take up references for all shortlisted candidates and, wherever possible, apply for these prior to interview.