Longhurst Group is one of the leading housing groups in the Midlands and East of England, providing more than 23,000 homes and a wide range of care and support services, with a team of 1,300 colleagues.
Guided by our shared values, our vision is to improve the lives of our customers and communities, focusing on two clear themes of work: Health and wellbeing and economic resilience. You can see how we’ll achieve this vision through our Improving Lives strategy by watching this video.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for highly resourceful and supportive Project Workers to join our team at Gainsborough Foyer with an option of both full and part-time to meet the service needs and will be discussed at interview.
Do you have a passion to make a real difference to improving the lives of our customers? Well this may be the role for you.
Do you want to work for a company where you can make a difference?
Here at Longhurst Group we want to deliver excellent Support Services which are both individualised and customer-led, promoting wellbeing and support for service users. Gainsborough Housing related support service offers accommodation and support for homeless people aged 18 and over. Many of the residents will have complex long term support needs and staff need to be resilient, creative and able to work with behaviour that may be challenging. Our staff provide support with, and access to specialist agencies, healthcare, benefits advice, employment, education, training and other support services.
As a Project Worker you will:
- Assist people in making the link between housing, training and employment, thus providing a stepping stone to independence
- Work with residents enabling them to gain a sense of identity and confidence to help them to progress towards gaining further education, training and/or employment.
- Encourage and develop life and social skills of residents.
- Ensure that all new residents clearly understand the conditions of their licence agreement and are made familiar with house rules, fire regulations and other information relating to the well-being of the residents.
- Be involved in developing individual support plans with residents, other project staff, support persons and outside agencies.
- Give advice relating to welfare benefit, housing and employment, training or education.
- Liaise with statutory and voluntary agencies on behalf of residents.
- Ensure security and safety of the building and its contents.
Our ideal candidate will possess a passion for working in the support sector and will have a genuine desire to further the life chances of young people. We are looking for a Project Worker who will go that extra mile whilst working as part of a team.
As a Project Worker you will:
- Work with client group to identify their needs and develop support programmes
- Have experience and understanding of professional boundaries
- Be confident to deal sensitively with issues that may affect them and respect confidentiality
- Have experience of delivering structured support to clients and undertaking risk assessments
- Excellent communication skills
- Demonstrate experience of working directly with this client group and of managing challenging and anti-social behaviour and mental health illnesses
- Predominantly be lone working
Our offer has been created to underpin our two key pillars (health and wellbeing and economic resilience) and five core values: In it together, Heartfelt Service, Own it, Push the boundaries and Fun and Fair.
Demonstrating our strong investment in your health and wellbeing and economic resilience, we offer a competitive 26 days annual leave plus bank holidays and generous sick pay entitlements, as well as other paid leave.
A choice of defined benefit pension schemes, extensive learning and development opportunities, plus more. See Our Benefits attached.
If your application shows that you have the right knowledge, skills and that you share our values, we'll invite you to meet one of our team. We can’t wait to meet you…
How to apply
For more information about the role please read the attached job description and the person specification.
Please click on the apply button at the top or bottom of this advert, where you will be taken through our application process. You will be asked to submit your experience in line with the essential criteria detailed in our person specification.
We really want to hear how you meet the criteria for this opportunity, please use the two supporting statements (4000 characters!) to really show us your talents. To ensure all candidates are treated fairly, we do not accept CVs.
(The important things – Naturally we need to complete pre-employment checks before you join us. This role is conditional upon receipt of two satisfactory references (one from your current employer) and an Enhanced DBS Check.
PLEASE NOTE: We can only consider applications from candidates who have the right to work in the UK. All shortlisted candidates will need to verify eligibility to work in the UK at interview. Original proof must then be provided by day one upon successful candidature).
Longhurst Group is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applicants that reflects the diverse communities we work with. We invite applicants to contact the employer to identify any additional support they may need during the recruitment process
If you would like to obtain further information or application related queries on this role or request an informal discussion please contact us direct at Careers@longhurst-group.org.uk.
Apply today #LonghurstGroup #ImprovingLives.
Applications close on 20 September at 23:59
Interview date TBC - Remote interviews will be held via MS Teams