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Monday 8 May 2017

Future 4 Me Project Worker - Participation

About us

1625 Independent People prevents youth homelessness in the South West and has been helping 16-25 year olds reboot their lives for over 30 years. With around 100 staff in four locations, we provided housing and support to around 2500 young people last  year.

We’re one of the brightest youth organisations in the South West, leaders in our field, no other organisation in the area has the same wealth of experience.

Our Future 4 Me project won the National Lottery Award 2015 for “Best Charity Project in the UK”.

You can read more about what we do and who we are.


About the job

(Please read the full job description for more detail)

Closing date: 9am Tuesday 27 June 2017
Intervews: Wednesday 5 July 2017

Terms, conditions and benefits:

  • Pay: £21,268 - £23,398 per year (NJC Scale 23-26), pro rata starting at the bottom of the scale.  
  • Contract type: Fixed term to 30 December 2019.
  • This is a part time post, 18.75 hours per week.
  • 30 days' annual leave plus Bank Holidays.
  • Free Health Scheme with UK Healthcare.
  • Pension - Employer contributes 4% and employees contribute a minimum of 0.8%, (see Summary of T&Cs below).
  • There is a requirement to work flexibly as required, which will include occasional evening and weekend work.
  • You will need to travel across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset & BANES so you must have either a full driving licence and access to a vehicle or the equivalent ability to travel with reasonable adjustments. 
You’ll be working in the Specialist Services Team and line managed by the Specialist Services Manager. You will be based at our Head Office, Kingsley Hall, on Old Market Street.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Future 4 Me Project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund. You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team that includes specialists in resettlement, mental health, and learning and work. Together you will improve outcomes for young people leaving care and custody.

You will enable young people from across the organisation who have been in care or custody to access and engage with a range of participation opportunities that are tailored to young people's individual needs.

You will lead on the development and facilitation of a service user participation group, enabling young people to access and take part in opportunities to take a lead in design, delivery and evaluation of the Project.

You  will support the development of a model of practice for engaging vulnerable young people, so they can engage positively in their communities and build relationships outside of the project, which will be shared nationally.  

You will support the team in providing housing management and support to a small group of young people in self contained accommodation.

An overarching aim of Future 4 Me is to join up services for young people, and the post holder will liaise closely with lead professionals in other agencies, including Children and Young People’s Services and Youth Offending Teams. 
 
The team are very supportive of each other and through reflective practice we are always learning from our own and each other’s experiences. 
 
Our work is rooted in providing support in a Psychologically Informed Environment framework known as PIE. 
 
A typical day will include:
  • Spending time with a young person, building a relationship and supporting them, for example, to pursue their interests, build links in the community and access participation activities.
  • Meeting with a colleague in another team to plan how you will support a young person to access participation activities.
  • Attending a reflective practice session and completing risk management planning and case recording.
  • Running an activity group, attended by care/ custody leavers.

I love life

About you

You have empathy and understanding of the needs of young people leaving care or custody, and the barriers they face. You like being around and working with young people.

You have an understanding of the principles underpinning service user participation and are able to champion this within the team and across the wider organisation.

You have excellent skills in engaging vulnerable people and enabling them to build positive and trusting relationships which can be used as a tool for change. 

You are able to offer clear and consistent responses to young people who may present challenging behaviour, be chaotic, distressed and have learned not to trust.
 
You are excellent at facilitating and running groups, activities and events with young people. 
 
You have experience of working with young people with complex needs including learning difficulties and communication needs
 
You have the ability to develop excellent relationships with colleagues and other agencies, including Leaving Care Services and Youth Offending Teams and can work effectively as part of a team.
 
 
If you’d like to have an informal chat about the role please contact Fran Hughes, Specialist Services Manager, on fran.hughes@1625ip.co.uk or 0117 317 8800.


Closing Date: 9am Tuesday 27 June 2017

Interviews:  Wednesday 5 July 2017


Interested?

Download the documents in the Job Pack below or email jobs@1625ip.co.uk

Job pack

Policies
 


Returning completed applications:

 
You can send your application by post to:
HR Department
Independent People
Kingsley Hall
59 Old Market Street
Bristol
BS2 OER
 

 

Equal opportunities for everyone

We safeguard and promote the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
 
We expect all our staff to do this and to have appropriate criminal and reference checks. Any job offer will depend on a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Barred List Disclosure Check. 

We believe ex-offenders should have an equal chance to become employees or volunteers. Having a criminal record does not automatically mean you can’t work here. We will take the time to consider the offence, the role and the risk.

We pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer for everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race  (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex (gender) or sexual orientation. Our workforce should represent our community.

We are particularly keen to increase applications from Black and Minority Ethnic groups as they are currently under-represented. This said, all applications are only considered on merit.

We do everything we can to make sure our recruitment opportunities don’t have barriers for disabled applicants. If you have a disability and need an adjustment made to any part of the recruitment process please let us know as soon as possible.

Some examples of types of adjustments we can make are:

  • If you have dyslexia and need extra time during assessments, this can be agreed.
  • If you use a wheelchair or have limited mobility we can make sure your interview is in an accessible room.
  • If you have back pain and need to stretch we can provide breaks in an interview.
Please read our full Policies above for more detailed information or for further advice please contact us on  jobs@1625ip.co.uk
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