Housing Support Worker (South & Vale Team)

Salary: £20, 457 – £23,693 per annum pro rata.

Contract Type: Permanent, full-time 37.5 hours per week

 Location:  Oxford, South Oxfordshire/Vale of White Horse and surrounding areas

Annual Leave: 30 days + 8 bank holidays pro rata

Do you have experience of working to support people to avoid becoming homeless and the desire to help change lives?

Connection Support are looking for a Housing Support Case Worker to join our team in Oxford on a permanent basis.  You will provide a programme of planned support for up to 25 people to help them maintain their accommodation, manage rent arrears, maximise income and benefits and move to more suitable accommodation where needed.  up an appropriate network of support in their local community.

In return you will receive a competitive salary (depending on experience). You will be required to work 37.5 hours per week.

What you’ll be doing

The service will be provided Monday to Friday predominantly working flexibly between 9 am and 5 pm, according to the clients’ needs.

This post may include a variety of delivery methods including face to face contact and digital engagement.

Closing date: 12 pm, on 13 December 2021

Interviews: due to be held on Friday 17 December 2021 (this could be either a virtual or in person interview).

Housing Support Case Worker (short term mental health interventions with SOHA)

Location: South and Vale district in Oxfordshire but with potential for supporting clients living further away in SOHA properties

Contract Type: Permanent (subject to funding) part-time 22.5 hours per week with the option for up to full time if combined with another service

 Salary: £20, 457 – £23,693 per annum pro rata

Annual Leave: 30 days + 8 bank holidays pro rata

Do you have experience of working to support people to with housing issues and the desire to help change lives?

Connection Support is looking for a Case Worker to join our new specialist service supporting SOHA residents. You will work predominantly in the South and Vale district of Oxfordshire but may be required to travel further afield depending on the location of the clients.  You will provide a programme of planned support for people with low level mental health needs, both diagnosed and undiagnosed, providing tailored support to help them sustain their tenancy and engage with SOHA’s tenancy support officers. The work may include helping clients them maintain their accommodation, manage rent arrears, access mental health support, and maximise income and benefits.  You are tenacious and want to achieve results for those you work with.

In return you will receive a competitive salary (depending on experience). You will be required to work a minimum of 22.5 hours per week. For those looking for more hours this may be accommodated through additional work on other Connection Support services requiring similar skills and experience.

What you’ll be doing

The service will be provided Monday to Friday predominantly working flexibly between 9 am and 5 pm, according to the persons needs and the hours of work to be mutually agreed.

This post may include a variety of delivery methods including face to face contact and digital engagement.

Closing date: 12 pm, on 13 December 2021

Interviews: due to be held on Friday 17 December 2021 (this could be either a virtual or in person interview).

Community Practice Worker – Prevention Matters

Location – Buckinghamshire 

Full time: 37.5 hours per week 

Salary: £19,772 – £22,996 pro-rata

Annual Leave: 30 days + 8 bank holidays pro rata

Prevention Matters (funded by Buckinghamshire County Council) is a major initiative working with people aged 18+ who are approaching the threshold for Adult Social Care services who without intervention may require more intensive health and social care support in the near future. It aims to increase their independence and reduce the impact on social care services.

The objectives of the Prevention Matters Service are to:

  • Increase clients’ resilience, maintain their independence and prevent reliance on services including Prevention Matters.
  • Ensure that older, disabled and vulnerable people receive the support that is right for their needs, preventing or delaying the need for long term, intensive care through earlier diagnosis, intervention and reablement;
  • Develop and strengthen our local communities to enable them to help themselves, empowering them to deliver and prioritise their services;
  • Promote good citizenship, encourage participation and inclusivity.
  • Support unpaid carers who look after relatives and friends who cannot take care of themselves.

We do this by supporting clients to:

  • Re-establish and reconnect with their family & friend networks and local communities.
  • Provide information, advice and guidance that signposts them to local community support and services.
  • Identify and access appropriate services.
  • Increase their use of digital solutions and existing technologies to meet their individual needs and maintain and improve levels of independence.

This post is permanent, subject to funding.

This post is home based with a presence in the Connection Support Offices in Bucks. The post will involve working with people in the Aylesbury area and surrounding communities. Ongoing flexibility is needed. CPW’s will usually work their hours within an 8.30 a.m. – 17.00 p.m. timeframe Monday – Fridays. However, there will be occasional times when flexibility will be required to meet client’s needs outside of those core hours. Occasionally weekend work may be required for which time off in lieu will be given.

Closing date: Friday 10th December 2021

Interviews: Week commencing 13th December 2021

Team Manager – Young Peoples Supported Accommodation

Locations – Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

Full time: 37.5 hours per week plus out of hours on-call on a rota’d basis, which is paid separately.

Salary: £31,339 – £34,707 per annum pro rata

Annual Leave: 30 days + 8 bank holidays pro rata

Connection Support works in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council to provide Supported Accommodation for Young People aged 16-24 across South Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

We are looking for an inspirational team manager to manage a small team of support workers who work with young people from a care background between the ages of 16-24 who live in supported accommodation. The support worker role includes helping them to transition into independent living and manage their tenancies. As a team manager you will have responsibility for liaising with landlords and managing the overall health and safety aspects of their tenancies.

You will be a ‘Key Person’ in making sure our young people are kept safe, gain independent living skills and feel happy and supported in their living environment. To act as an appropriate role model and to work closely with them to enable them to address their difficulties and achieve their optimum potential.

Core office hours are offered although on-going flexibility will be required at evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays.

What you’ll need

Well-organised, IT literate and adept at allocating and delegating work appropriately, you have a proven ability to lead and supervise others and a good understanding of support planning processes. What’s more, you’re contributing to, monitoring and implementing changes that improve outcomes for young people. Above all, you have a natural ability to help make the lives of others more fulfilling and want to work in an environment where the work can be hard, but also fun and rewarding.

Closing date: 12 noon on Tuesday 30th November 2021

Interviews: Tuesday 7th December 2021

Business Support Administrator

Location – Buckinghamshire 

Full time: 37.5 hours per week

Salary: £19,772 – £21,690

Annual Leave: 30 days + 8 bank holidays pro rata

Connection Support work alongside people to overcome life’s challenges.

Our ultimate goal is to solve homelessness and achieve independence for the people we support.

The Jobholder will be joining our team of administrators and will be responsible for providing effective administrative support for services in Buckinghamshire and Organisation Wide. The role will be during normal office hours.  

We are looking for an administrator with experience of working in an office environment, a good working knowledge of Microsoft office, in particular Outlook, Excel and Word, and an ability to keep accurate records including the use of our company bespoke database. You should have excellent communication skills and have an awareness of confidentiality and GDPR. 

Responsibilities include a range of administrative and information tasks, as well as publicity tasks and purchasing. In addition the role will include team tasks such as answering the telephone and liaising with clients, other professionals, and colleagues. For more information about the role’s duties please refer to the full job description below. 

Closing date: Tuesday 7th December 2021

Interviews: Tuesday 14th December 2021

To apply for this post please use our online application form. Alternatively call 01865 711267 to request an application pack quoting the job title and location or e-mail Recruitment@connectionsupport.org.uk.

Support Worker – Stepdown Housing

Location – Oxfordshire

Hours: Full or Part Time

Contract type: Fixed-Term Maternity Cover December 2021 – August 2022

Salary: £19,772 – £23,693 pro rata

Annual Leave: 30 days + 8 bank holidays pro rata

Start Date: December 2021

We currently have a unique and exciting opportunity for an inspirational support worker to work within the Stepdown Housing Provision in Oxford City.

We are looking for a support worker who knows what it takes to support vulnerable people for a two week period on discharge from hospital – this includes people who are homeless or vulnerably housed, unemployed, often with a history of substance misuse, mental health issues, or offending behaviour.

What you’ll be doing

The Stepdown Support Worker is responsible for managing a case load providing support to help people gain suitable accommodation or return to their own properties. We work with a wide range of people who are homeless/vulnerably housed including people with mental health, drug and alcohol issues and offending behaviour.

 What you’ll need

Well-organised, IT literate with good communication skills who can remain calm and patient in challenging circumstances. You must have a good understanding of support planning processes. What’s more, you’re contributing to, monitoring and implementing changes that improve outcomes for people. Above all, you have a natural ability to help make the lives of others more fulfilling and want to work in an environment where the work can be hard, but also fun and rewarding.

Closing date: Friday 26th November 2021 at Midday

Interview Date: Monday 6th December 2021

Interviews to be held via Teams

 

Embedded Mental Health Worker 

Location – Oxford & Oxfordshire

Full time: 37.5 hours per week

Salary: £23, 693 – £ 27, 025

Annual Leave: 30 days + 8 bank holidays pro rata

Do you have experience of working within a mental health setting and the desire to help make a difference to people’s lives?

Connection Support is looking for an Embedded Mental Health Worker to join our wider multi-agency Out of Hospital team in Oxfordshire.

This is one of several services funded by the Shared Outcomes Fund through the Department of Health and Social Care. The fund is intended to pilot projects that test innovative ways of working across public sector systems, with an emphasis on learning and evaluation.

 The post holder will work as part of a multi-agency team in Oxfordshire to deliver outcomes for this service and alongside colleagues in Connection Support.

You will provide a support for around 10 – 15 people with mental health difficulties, identified by district councils, partner organisations and through other relevant internal services and support them to access mental health support, access suitable accommodation or maintain their existing accommodation if they have it, and meet other needs as appropriate.

In return you will receive a competitive salary (depending on experience). For full time roles you will be required to work 37.5 hours per week.

What you’ll be doing

The service will be provided Monday to Friday predominantly working between 9am and 5pm, with occasional work outside of these hours according to the person’s needs.

We take a person-centred, empowering approach in supporting clients to achieve their goals. This post may include a variety of delivery methods including face to face contact in and outside of the client’s home, and telephone engagement. We have an office base in Oxford and currently these roles will involve home-based working as well as some time spent within the partner agencies.

Closing date: 6th December 2021

Interviews (might be via Teams): 9th and 13th December 2021

Marketing and Communications Manager

Location – across Oxon, Bucks, Milton Keynes

Full time: 37.5 hours per week

Salary: circa £40 000 per annum pro rata

Annual Leave: 30 days + 8 bank holidays pro rata

Connection Support work alongside people to overcome life’s challenges. Our ultimate goal is to solve homelessness and achieve independence for the people we support.

During this exciting time as we transition a new strategic plan, an opportunity has arisen for a full time Marketing and Communications Manager. Working alongside the Senior Management Team to take the organisation forward in its ambitious plans, the Marketing and Communications manager will play a pivotal role in developing and implementing Connection Support’s Marketing and Communications Strategy.

You’ll be from a marketing and communications background ideally within the voluntary sector and have experience with a proven track record to be able to lead our organisations internal and external public relations and brand values.

You will be part of our senior management team working together to help us to reach more vulnerable people and make a greater difference to peoples lives.

Closing date: 12 Noon on Wednesday, 1st December 2021

Interviews: Wednesday, 8th December 2021

Interviews to be held in our office at Barns Road, Oxford with Amy Delisser (Director and Deputy CEO) & Chris Keating (CEO)

South and Vale District Council – Embedded Floating Support Worker

Location – Based at Connection Support Office, Cowley, Oxford with frequent remote working and travel

Part – time: 22.5 hrs p/w

Contract type: Fixed Term March 2023

Salary: £23,693 to £27,025 pro rata

Annual Leave: 30 days + 8 bank holidays pro rata

The service is to provide floating support in the Vale of White Horse District and South Oxfordshire District. Enabling households to sustain accommodation or to help secure alternative accommodation. The Floating Support Service will complement the Housing Needs Team. Support shall be designed to help those households at risk of homelessness or are homeless.

The case load will be approximately 16 households although some flexibility will be required. The caseload reflects the complex nature of the cases that the service will be required to work with. It is expected that between 40 and 50 households a year will access this service and either be prevented from becoming homeless or have their homelessness relieved.

Connection Support is actively committed to equal opportunities and the promotion of diversity and inclusion, in all our services and workplaces.

Closing date: Friday, 26th November 2021 at Midday

Interview Dates: Friday, 3rd December 2021

Interviews to be held via Teams

 

Housing First Support Worker

Location – Milton Keynes

Full – time: 37.5 hours per week

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: £19,772 – £23,693

Annual Leave: 30 days + 8 bank holidays pro rata

Connection Support is working in partnership with Milton Keynes council to provide planned support to former rough sleepers with a wide range of needs to help them to maintain their accommodation through our housing first model.

We are looking for support workers who know what it takes to support vulnerable people, have the drive and passion to make a real difference to peoples lives, empowering them to make positive life changes and prevent homelessness.

Key Aspects of the programme

  • Rapidly rehouse rough sleepers
  • Prevent rough sleepers returning to the streets.
  • Facilitate service users’ integration into their local community.
  • Ensure clients are financially secure and have access to welfare benefits.
  • Ensure that mental health / addiction issues are addressed.
  • Build on service users’ resilience to prevent the risk of homelessness arising again.
  • Build on life skills required to live independently.

Key Outcomes for clients

  • Maintain dignity, independence, and control, and be treated as equal citizens.
  • Make a positive contribution and feel purposeful and empowered.
  • Participate in the social activities and networks that connect them to other people.
  • Have a healthy lifestyle that maintains physical and mental well-being.
  • Cope effectively with difficult life events.
  • Live in a place that promotes a good quality of life and a sense of safety.
  • Access services including digital services and support when needed.

 

What you’ll be doing

The Support Worker is responsible for providing planned intensive support with people who have recently been a rough sleeper, to help them retain their accommodation and build up an appropriate network of support in their local community.  We work with a wide range of people who are at risk of homelessness including: people with mental health issues and autism, offenders, people with disabilities, and some with substance misuse issues.

Put simply, it’s about making a difference. A real difference.

What you’ll need

Well-organised, IT literate with good communication skills who can remain calm and patient in challenging circumstances. You must have a good understanding of support planning processes. What’s more, you’re contributing to, monitoring, and implementing changes that improve outcomes for people. Above all, you have a natural ability to help make the lives of others more fulfilling and want to work in an environment where the work can be hard, but also fun and rewarding. We encourage people with lived experience to apply.

Closing date: Friday 3rd December 2021 at Midday

Interview Date: Friday 10th December 2021

Interviews to be held at Challenge House, Sherwood Drive, Bletchley, MK3 6DP

Volunteer and Peer Mentor Co-ordinator

Location – Milton Keynes

Full – time: 37.5 hours per week

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: £23,228 – £26,495

Connection Support has a range of services providing support to people at risk of homelessness or on the edge of needing social care. We work with people made vulnerable through debt, family circumstances, mental health issues, substance misuse, care leavers, learning disabilities, age and physical disabilities.

We aim to increase volunteering opportunities in Connection Support services in Milton Keynes, so that volunteers will play a key role in the provision of vital services to our clients, supporting all aspects of our work.  We are also committed to engaging service users in the development, delivery and evaluation of services. This includes co-production and peer mentoring in our services.

The post holder will be responsible for the development, management and co-ordination of the use of volunteers and peer mentors at Connection Support, from attracting and recruiting volunteers and peer mentors through induction training and support and service development.

This is an exciting opportunity to build a programme of volunteering and client engagement in collaboration with colleagues from a range of different services within Connection Support.

Key Aspects of the role

  • Promote volunteering opportunities and recruit new volunteers from a variety of backgrounds to carry out a variety of tasks
  • Implement new ways for clients to contribute to services as volunteers, including acting as peer mentors
  • Manage the induction, training, supervision and ongoing retention of volunteers
  • Support volunteers and peer mentors to carry out their work

What you’ll need

You’ll be well-organised, IT literate with good communication skills and the ability to engage positively with a wide range of people. You’ll have sensitivity and empathy for the issues faced by our clients. Previous experience of working with volunteers and people facing homelessness and/or mental health issues is desirable. You’ll be able to prioritise tasks and work independently to meet deadlines. Overall, you’re someone who enjoys interacting with others and is happy to collaborate with a variety of colleagues to achieve common goals.

Closing date: Monday 13th December 2021 at Midday

Interview Date: Tuesday 21st December 2021

Interviews to be held at Challenge House, Sherwood Drive, Bletchley, MK3 6DP