Supported Accommodation Sustainment Officer

Location: Milton Keynes

Hours: Part-time - Various shifts

Closing date: 17/05/2022

Interview date: 24/05/2022

Salary: £20,457 – £23,693 pro rata

Application ref: 68729

Connection Support is working in partnership with Milton Keynes council to provide support to 28 former rough sleepers accommodated in 24/7 supported living.

We are looking for Sustainment Officers who know what it takes to support vulnerable people with complex needs often experiencing mental health and addiction issues to provide intensive support, advice, and assistance to achieve the life skills required to live independently.

We have a mix of shifts, evenings 24 hours per week, working 5 on and 5 off on a rota over a 10-week period 4:00pm – 11:15pm.

Day shift post 33.8 hours per week over a 6-week period, working alternative weekends 8am-4pm one week and 9am-5pm the following week.

Key Aspects of the programme

  • Prevent Homelessness
  • 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.
  • Deliver planned support sessions and independent living skills.

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 Supported Accommodation Sustainment Officer is responsible for providing planned intensive support and delivering the independent living skills programme, 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 good experience of support planning processes. What’s more, you’re be contributing to, 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 for applications –  12 noon on Tuesday 17th May 2022