Vacancies and Volunteer Opportunities

Specialist Support Worker – Manchester

Justlife works with people who are close to the streets, living in unsupported temporary accommodation (UTA). Justlife exists because we know that every time we don’t act another person living in unsupported temporary accommodation suffers. They suffer with deteriorating mental and physical health, become victims of crime, lose control of their life, drop off the bottom rung of the housing ladder or die prematurely. Our vision is clear and simple: to make people’s experience of housing vulnerability as short, safe and healthy as possible.

Justlife works in Manchester providing re-housing advice, benefits advice and one-to-one key work support to empower vulnerable adults housed in UTA to move towards more secure housing, independent living and improved health and wellbeing. We run a similar project in Brighton alongside a Hospital Discharge Project which, in partnership with the specialist homeless GP service Arch Healthcare, provides support to homeless people discharged from hospital into UTA.

Justlife have recently completed research mapping out the number of UTAs across Greater Manchester. Tenants were found to have low levels of wellbeing, were isolated, faced accommodation issues (poor food, no heating or hot water, limited access to kitchens, and feeling their accommodation was chaotic), experienced deteriorating mental or physical health and felt that they were limited in the support they could access.
Now that we know WHERE individuals are, in the coming year we intend to roll out a new ‘mobile’ model of operating – taking our work OUT to reach beneficiaries where they are, enabling more residents to find out about and access the support Justlife provides.

Job Summary

The role of Specialist Support Worker involves playing an active part in the Specialist Support Team by taking part in regular outreach visits to UTA’s across Greater Manchester and supporting a caseload of clients that are experiencing varying stages of housing vulnerability. The role requires the use of specialist knowledge and relationship skills to support clients with varying degrees of mental health, addiction and trauma related issues to engage with health services and to access suitable housing solutions. The Specialist Support Worker is also expected to develop good working relationships with UTA Landlords and Managers recognising the important role that they play in ensuring that their tenant’s experience of UTA’s is as positive as possible.

Employment Terms and Conditions
Hours: 37.5 hrs per week (full time or part time considered)
Contract: Permanent
Normal hrs to be worked: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Location: Manchester and GM
Salary: £23,868 PA – FTE

Deadline: Friday 11th September, 5pm

Annual leave entitlement is 27 days plus bank holidays

To download our job pack, application and equal opportunities form please click here: –

Social Connection Project Coordinator

The Social Connection Project is an exciting new initiative which aims to recruit volunteers and match them with people exiting homelessness in Brighton & Hove. The volunteers will support people to engage in the wider community using a variety of means such as mentoring, befriending & connecting people with community groups & activities. The aim of the project is to reduce social isolation, improve tenancy sustainment and build people’s well-being.


Justlife have been operating in Brighton for 8 years and provide engagement work for people who are homeless, helping clients improve and maintain their health, by accessing primary care, attending appointments and linking with relevant services, as well as a weekly activities programme and support specifically for those in emergency accommodation. The Creative Studio provides art opportunities for people who have experienced homelessness. We also engage in research into the effects of unsupported temporary accommodation, which informs our work locally, as well as enabling us to have conversations on a wider scale to bring about positive change.

Job Summary
This role is responsible for delivering the Social Connection project as part of the team. Working with the Project Coordinator, this may include recruiting and training volunteers, managing referrals, developing a client social event, group volunteer support sessions, developing publicity and promoting the service within the city.

Employment Terms and Conditions
Hours: 37.5 hrs per week
Contract: Permanent
Normal hrs to be worked: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (some evening/weekend ‘on call’ work will be required)
Location: Brighton
Salary: £25,798

Annual leave entitlement is 27 days plus bank holidays

To download our job pack, application and equal opportunities forms please visit charity Job by clicking here – https://www.charityjob.co.uk/jobs/justlife-foundation/social-connection-project-coordinator/704979?tsId=8

Closing date 14th August 5pm

Volunteering Opportunities in Brighton

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Volunteer opportunities

Justlife has volunteering opportunities across a number of areas, including: hospitality, activity organising, administration/office duties and supporting service users. If you are interested in any of these areas or would like to discuss volunteering in a different capacity, please contact us.


 

Student Placements

Justlife welcomes applications from students looking for a placement as part of a course requirement. Please contact us for more information.

Justlife does not accept contact from recruitment agencies.