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Relief Worker

About us

1625 Independent People prevents youth homelessness in the South West. We have been helping 16-25 year olds reboot their lives through housing and support for over 30 years. 

Our service works because we keep young people's needs at the centre of all delivery. 
With over 90 staff in four locations, we provide housing support and advice to around 1000 young people per year. We’re one of the brightest youth organisation in the South West, leaders in our field, no other organisation in the area has the same wealth of experience.

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

About the job

(Please read the full job description for more detail)

Relief Workers are a much needed and important part of the 1625 Independent People team. You apply and are interviewed as normal and if successful you get trained and through full induction - ready for when we need you.

We have a bank of staff who we call on to cover shifts based at one of our two projects in central Bristol.

You can specify what type of shifts you can do and we can offer evening, weekend and night shifts. It suits people who can be flexible especially if we need short notice cover during times of absence and sickness.

The work is based at our temporary live-in supported housing projects with young people aged 16-21. The projects are both staffed by at least two people, 24 hours each day.

You'll be working within the high support service, based over two sites St Georges House and the Bristol Foyer, reporting to the Deputy Manager.

A Relief Worker's objective is to contribute to the effective running of the high support services by providing a comprehensive housing management service.

You'll support project staff in empowering young people to develop independent living skills.

About you

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

You are very flexible, assertive and resilient, in order to develop effective working relationships with young people and engage a variety of personalities. It is expected that you will be creative in promoting equality of opportunity to all of the young people who use our services.

You should have a well-developed sense of how to set and maintain boundaries, confidentiality levels  and communication routes with young people - individually and in groups.

You must have strong record-keeping, administration and IT skills.

About the pay and conditions:

  • Pay: £7.50 per hour

Closing Date: We accept applications at all times.

Interviews:  Will be held locally to the projects.


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 below for more detailed information or for further advice please contact us on jobs@1625ip.co.uk.



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

Returning completed applications:

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

or email: jobs@1625ip.co.uk

Job Pack


All contents copyright© 2013. 1625 Independent People is a charity and a registered society (Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, reg: 23964R exempt from registration with the Charity Commission). Registered office: Kingsley Hall, 59 Old Market Street, Bristol, BS2 0ER. Created & Managed By Solsoft