Support Assistant - Highbury New Park

London (Greater)
£19,224.70 per annum
05 Oct 2017
07 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Support Assistant - Highbury New Park

Team: Highbury New Park
Location: Islington
No. of Vacancies: 1
Contract Type: Permanent
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Salary: £19,224.70 per annum
Ref No: SHP492

Do you believe everyone should have a place to call home and the chance to lead a fulfilling life?

SHP is a London-wide charity working to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people to transform their lives. Each day our staff work with individuals to tackle the underlying causes of homelessness, such as poor mental health or drug and alcohol dependency. From supporting people in crisis to helping them take the final steps towards independence and employment, we make a difference to 7,000 lives every year.

Working under the direction of the Service Manager, Support Assistants will be assigned tasks from across the service caseload. They will undertake a range of activities with clients that support the current support plan objectives and focus on developing a client's confidence to undertake the skills they need to live independently or within a lower support service within the Islington Supporting People pathway.

Highbury New Park is a 13 bed high support offenders service for males who have an offending history. We run in conjunction with Coleridge Road Project which is a 7 bed low support service. We work closely with Probation, the Police and a range of other services to support our clients to cease offending and move to a greater degree of independence.

As a Support assistant your role will involve working holistically to assist service users to better manage their own mental health, substance use, develop social networks, improve living skills, achieve personal occupational goals, and participate in both the service and the wider community.

You'll need to be keen to be involved in supporting our clients to achieve the goals they have identified in their support plans and be able to show initiative in working with hard to engage clients.

Support assistants will need great communication skills, the ability to interest and engage clients in activities, and an understanding of working in a client focused way.

You will need to be flexible and adaptive, with the ability to manage a number of tasks relating to client support, the effective running of the service and the demands of a busy and often challenging work place.

There is a requirement to work a 24/7 rota, which will include weekends, bank holidays and sleep-in shifts.

Closing date: Monday, 9th October 2017 (at midnight)

Interview date: Monday, 16th October 2017

To apply, please click on the Visit Website button.

SHP is an IIP accredited and equal opportunities employer.

SHP’s attractive benefits package includes:

  • Highly competitive starting salaries which are amongst the best in the sector
  • A 37.5 hour working week including flexible working hours (core hours are 10am – 4pm) in some services
  • 25 days annual leave, rising to 28 days (plus eight paid Bank Holidays)
  • Paid carers' leave and compassionate leave
  • Sick leave, up to three months full pay then three months half pay
  • A contributory pension scheme to which SHP will pay in the equivalent 5% of your annual salary
  • Generous maternity leave (16 weeks full pay and up to 24 weeks half pay) and four weeks paid paternity leave, depending on length of service
  • Interest free public transport season ticket loan (after six months)
  • Tax exemption for ’cycle to work’ scheme, childcare vouchers and payroll giving
  • Comprehensive and integrated training programme designed specifically to develop the skills and knowledge involved in our work
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), available to all staff