Shelter Blackpool, UK
Blackpool/East Lancashire Closing date: 4 February 2019 at 11.30pm We're looking for someone with experience of providing housing, debt and/or welfare benefit advice to join us as an Advice, Support and Guidance Worker to provide vital supervision and support to offenders recently released or on community orders to help reduce the cycle of reoffending. Shelter's Community Integration Team provides an integrated resettlement service across Lancashire. As well as completing initial assessments for referred offenders recently released from custody or on community orders, we deliver a holistic support package, offering housing, finance and debt and welfare benefit interventions via group and 1-2-1 appointments. About the role As an Advice, Support and Guidance Worker you will play a critical role in supporting offenders, providing specific resettlement work to enable them to reintegrate into society and live a crime free lifestyle. This will involve carrying out initial needs and risk assessments for each individual, in order to develop a holistic resettlement plan. There will be a focus on offering advice relating to housing, finance and debt and welfare benefit issues. Coordinating employment and other pathway interventions by managing referrals to appropriate providers will also be a key part of this role. About you You'll have considerable experience of providing housing and debt advice, together with an understanding of the main issues affecting homelessness and offenders. Experience of providing advocacy on behalf of clients to other agencies and authorities is important too, as is a proactive, client-focused and collaborative approach, great relationship building skills, respect for others' opinions and the ability to deal effectively with change. Proficient in the use of MS office applications, you'll have good typing skills. Experience using case management systems and holding a full driving licence and access to a vehicle is desirable. Benefits include 30 days' annual leave, the possibility of flexible working, enhanced family friendly policies and significant opportunities for learning and development. 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. 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. At Shelter, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them. Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.