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Job title
Recovery Worker (Supported Housing and Outreach Services)
Work location
Lewisham, London
£22, 865 per annum
Hours per week
Shift pattern
Monday to Sunday on a weekly rota basis (to include bank holidays)
Closing date
7 December 2021

Job overview

Do you have a genuine passion and felt purpose to help people? Would you say that you believe everyone deserves a second chance regardless of their past circumstances? Would you like to be part of an organisation that supports, cares and empowers these individuals?

If you have said yes to all the above, then this could be the perfect role for you!

We are currently recruiting for passionate, experienced and committed Recovery Workers to join our supported housing and outreach services based in Lewisham, to work as key members of an integrated multi-disciplinary team in maintaining and delivering a high standard of care and support rehabilitation service.

The service provides support from 4 houses within the Lewisham Borough and currently occupies 39 beds in total across all sites. Many clients have secondary needs, including forensic history, substance misuse or a history of homelessness. We aim to assist and empower our clients to enable them to move on to greater independence.

As a Recovery Worker your role is to provide a supportive, responsive and effective service in order to rehabilitate and reintegrate service users back into the community and provide pathways, support and appropriate interventions that will enable successful resettlements. Taking a holistic and person-centred approach, you will work to support individuals to identify their strengths, set goals, develop coping mechanisms and support motivation to improve their mental health and well-being, and also work closely with other agencies to ensure that appropriate care and risk management plans are delivered.

To be successful in this role, you will have great communication and engagement skills, with the maturity to work within a framework of recovery, building confidence, self-esteem, hope and positive coping skills. You will be someone who shares our values and be committed to achieving great outcomes for our service users.

You will required to work 37.5 hours per week, in a shift pattern including weekends, bank holidays, so you’ll need to be flexible with the hours you are able to work.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Implement the service’s policies and procedures in order to deliver the overall programme using a recovery focused approach.
  • Act as the primary Recovery Support Worker to named service users as designated by your line-manager
  • Plan and co-ordinate individual support and resettlement packages for the Service User liaising with the appropriate agencies and care professionals to ensure successful delivery of the plans
  • Sign up new service users with appropriate Tenancy Agreement following correct procedures. Assist them to take up occupancy of their property and provide them with induction, including information on the conditions of their tenancy, tenant’s charter, Equinox Care’s policies and procedures and relevant local information in consultation with RSL’s.
  • Encourage Service Users to develop social networks and undertake meaningful activities to assist them to develop positive coping mechanisms and reintegrate into the wider community.
  • Provide and arrange for various advice, advocacy and or information to service users in relation to physical health matters, substance misuse welfare benefits, education, employment and training, life skills and any other identified support needs
  • Ensure that information is shared appropriately within the team and with other professionals and that all service user and service records are accurate and up to date.

Experience Required:

  • NVQ Diploma Level 3 in Health & Social Care/Community Justice or equivalent professional experience
  • Experience of working with service users with mental health issues / offending / substance misuse / challenging chaotic behaviours
  • Experience of carrying out effective support needs assessment and risk assessment with service users and drafting and agreeing support plans and risk management plans; providing appropriate interventions for service user and liaising with other professional to bring the plans to fruition
  • Working understanding of the housing and social needs of ex-offenders with mental health
  • Experience of successful reintegration of service users into the community
  • Understanding and practical application of key legislation regarding social care, housing, criminal justice and mental health
  • Experience of lone working and working on own initiative
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