Jobs in the sector: Homeless Shelter Support Worker

The Bus Shelter MK is a much loved local charity which provides a temporary home – and much, much more – for people who would otherwise be sleeping on the streets.

We provide accommodation on a converted double decker bus and reclaimed building site units based on a former car park in central Milton Keynes.

Since we opened in March 2018 we have accommodated 43 people and advised more than 100 others.  Ages of our guests has ranged from 19 to 73 and the average stay is three to four months. 

We are now seeking an additional team member to assist our Shelter Manager in supporting our guests and also ensuring the site remains a pleasant environment both physically and in atmosphere.

The personal qualities of the successful candidate will be more important than formal qualifications, but if you have experience in working with homeless people or expertise in benefits or housing that would be preferred. The duties will be varied and it is likely that no two days will be the same.

What will you need to be?

  • Confident and able to make sensible decisions in unexpected situations.
  • Kind and caring but not a pushover! You will often be working alongside volunteers so will need to understand how that creates a different dynamic than when working with fellow staff members or service users.
  • Computer literate and able to research and understand various regulations and guidelines.
  • Presentable and able to communicate with all types of people as you will be representing the charity to visitors and external organisations in the course of your duties.

Pay and conditions

The role is for 20 hours per week but full time or job share considered for the right applicant.

There will be a lot of evening and weekend working but not overnights. There will also be some lone working.

The role is permanent and the salary offered will depend on your skills and experience.

Holidays offered will be 36 days (including bank holidays).

Our Service Users

Our guests are people who would otherwise be sleeping on the streets and who need a helping hand to return to mainstream life.  Often the role will involve convincing guests their lives can improve and helping them unravel the red tape and hurdles that make it so difficult for them to move on.  At any one time, 50% of our usual guest cohort of eight will be working. We do not accept guests with drug or alcohol addictions as we do not have the facilities to help them. 

Former guests have described being on the bus as “five star homelessness” and attested to the kindness of staff and volunteers as changing their lives.

Why not join us as we provide hope and a route out of homelessness?

To apply please send a CV and a covering letter to: info@thebussheltermk.org  

Please put Support Worker Application in the subject line. The successful candidate will require an Enhanced DBS Check in line with our safeguarding policy.

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Jobs in the Sector: Community Inclusion Project Manager – The Stables

The Community Inclusion Project Manager will play a pivotal role in creating new connections between The Stables, IF: Milton Keynes International Festival and D/deaf and disabled people. He/she will be responsible for creating connections within Milton Keynes and ensuring that The Stables and the Festival are appropriately prepared for these new partnerships.

This role will support the delivery of a new project funded by MK Community Foundation which includes an extensive programme focussing on and enhancing the organisation’s approach to working with D/deaf and disabled people as participants, audience members and performers.

The successful candidate will need to:

  • demonstrate an ability to work with a good degree of independence and responsibility whilst maintaining ongoing communication to keep in touch with the team.
  • an understanding of accessible arts, inclusion, working with disabled people, project management and ways to engage a wide range of people is central to the role.
  • Communication skills are key, along with an ability to maintain the big picture as well as retaining high levels of attention to detail.
  • require a flexible yet methodical approach with a ‘can do’ attitude.
  • the ability to absorb information quickly, integrate into an existing team and organisational culture, and work with established systems and processes to ensure a joined-up approach is essential.
  • it will be important to build relationships with local networks, so a good knowledge of / connection with the Milton Keynes area is desirable.

A more detailed role description can be found here

Who are The Stables?

The Stables in Milton Keynes is one of the UK’s leading music organisations, presenting over 400 concerts across all music genres, and delivering 250 learning and participation projects per annum, including the National Youth Music Camps.

It also produces IF: Milton Keynes International Festival, a biennial multi-artform festival which engages people with extraordinary events in unusual spaces and in unexpected ways. Part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio, The Stables is preparing for its 50th birthday celebrations in 2020 by looking to expand the impact of its work locally, regionally and nationally.

Salary: Up to £20,000 depending on experience and availability

Contract: Freelance, temporary

Term: 1 year  

Based: The Stables, Wavendon

Please submit your CV and up to 2-pages of A4 outlining your suitability for the role. Your submission should set out how you would seek to tackle the project and how much time you would commit to ensuring its success.

Alternative formats to written applications are accepted as a reasonable adjustment.

Application Deadline: Monday 23 September, midday (12 noon)

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Jobs in the Sector: Fresh Start Worker (MK ACT)

MK-ACT are looking for a Fresh Start Worker to support their Fresh Start Programme.

We have an exciting opportunity to work within our organisation to work with those perpetrators of Domestic Violence who are undertaking the Fresh Start Programme, as a worker supporting the service.

As the Fresh Start Worker, your job will be:

  • to support the programme by undertaking assessments and case work with perpetrators of domestic abuse
  • case-managing
  • providing administration and support for the facilitators for Fresh Start.
  • You will also be working closely with other professionals who are involved with our clients.

We require a Fresh Start Worker who has a broad knowledge and experience of Domestic Violence particularly perpetrators.

Our ideal candidate will need to have:

  • a comprehensive understanding of domestic abuse, risk and risk management
  • be able undertake assessment and direct work with perpetrators as required, with the ability to work in a multi-agency setting.
  • be committed to supporting those affected by Domestic Violence and to join our caring and hardworking team.

MK-ACT is an equal opportunities employer committed to quality, equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. This post is subject to safer recruitment procedures and regulations and an enhanced DBS check.

Salary: £12.56 per hour

Hours: will consider between 20 hours – 37.5 hours per week (based at the MK-ACT Office, Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 3HP)

Contract: Rolling monthly

Closing date: Monday 5th September, 5pm.

Interviews: TBC

MK-Act is a Safer Recruitment Employee and all those who work for us require an enhanced DBS check.

For an application pack and for further details contact: rebecca@mk-act.org

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Jobs in the Sector: Complex Needs Outreach Worker (MK-ACT)

MK-ACT are looking for a Complex Needs Outreach Worker to support those who experience Domestic Abuse with additional complex needs in accessing services. (Female Applicants Only)

We have an exciting opportunity to work for our organisation providing a high quality service as a Complex Needs Outreach Worker to support those who experience Domestic Abuse (DA). Your role will be to work intensively with clients who have complex needs to support them in accessing services. Part of your work is to empower our clients, keeping the safety of them and their children central to their interventions.

We are looking for an individual who is committed to working in a face-paced multi-agency setting. You will be joining our caring, strong and hardworking team.

The aim of this post is to work with those clients who are experiencing Domestic Abuse, but who are hard to engage and need support into specialist services and therapeutic services due to their additional needs, including substance misuse and mental health.

The main tasks of the job will be to:

  • Engage and advocate with clients who are experiencing DA but have additional complex needs to reduce their risk and increase their safety.
  • To provide intensive support to your clients and to support them into services for e.g. MK-Act, Drug and Alcohol and Mental Health.
  • To work closely with other agencies to develop pathways for your clients to facilitate smooth and quick referral routes to ensure they get the support they need when they need it
  • To work closely with other agencies creating a coordinated multi-agency approach for your client and also encouraging referrals from other agencies and having improved engagement from your clients with other agencies.
  • To refer and provide therapeutic interventions for your clients for e.g Freedom Programme and Counselling.
  • To be able to show clear outcomes for your clients for funders MK-ACT is an equal opportunities employer committed to quality, equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

We require a Complex Needs worker who has a broad knowledge of DVA and experience of working with harder to reach groups. It is desirable you will be experience of working with those who have substance misuse and mental health issues but also have a therapeutic/psychology background.

Our ideal candidate will be able to work in creative ways to engage with this client group and able to work on own initiative but also seeking support from the team when required.

Salary: £ 24,512

Hours: 37.5 hours per week (Full-time)

Contract: Fixed Term (1 year)

Hours: TBC (may require some evening work)

Responsible to: Working with the Crisis Intervention Team (nature of the work involved will require majority of your work to be community-based)

This post is subject to safer recruitment procedures and regulations and an enhanced DBS check and is open to female applicants only under Schedule 9 (Part 1) of the Equality act 2010.

Closing date: Monday 2nd September, 5pm

Interviews: TBC

For an application pack please contact: Rebecca@mk-act.org

This post is funded by the Thames Valley Office of the Police and Crime

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