Debt and Gambling Advice Worker

Langley House Trust
08 Feb 2017
08 Mar 2017
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time

Debt and Gambling Advice Worker, Coventry,

Langley House Trust has an opportunity for a Debt and Gambling Advice Worker to join our team based in Coventry on a full time, (working minimum of 40 hours per week, some of which may be unsocial. The post includes some travel and overnight stops can be expected. The post may require you to work from various locations. We are offering the successful candidate a competitive salary of £22,725 per annum.

Langley House Trust is an innovative Christian charity that provides specialist housing, programmes and support services in the community for offenders seeking to live crime-free lives. Since 1958 we have earned an enviable reputation for reducing reoffending with proven results.

Regardless of a person’s history, our passion is to change every life for the better, working with people of all faiths and none.

Langley House Trust is a national Christian charity specialising in providing at-risk marginalised groups (including those leaving prison) with accommodation, support and rehabilitation in a supportive Christian environment.

As the Debt and Gambling Advice Worker you will work with prisoners who have significant debt and/or gambling issues and are nearing their release date to prepare them for the transition back into the community through specialist financial advice and guidance.

Responsibilities of our Debt and Gambling Advice Worker include:

- Identifying and engaging with offenders with significant debt and/or gambling issues, and with multiple barriers to resettlement, including developing a screening tool to identify those at highest-risk of multi-complex debt e.g. gambling addiction, multiple major debtors, insolvent/bankrupt

- Supporting participants in custody to prepare for release and successfully rehabilitate, providing intensive support to manage issues and risks arising as they resettle into communities

- Assisting offenders to obtain information, advice and guidance on debt, gambling and financial planning and management, working closely alongside the Accommodation Support Worker and other project staff

- Providing specialist advice on Benefits, gambling and debt issues and devising tools, techniques and support to help avoid debt and gambling in future

- Supporting and capacity building multi-agency Case Managers on recognising/tackling addiction, high rent arrears, consolidating debts and claiming/managing Universal Credit.

- Networking with a range of organisations including CAB and GA to facilitate referral and encourage on-going uptake of the specialist support available locally

- Working closely with local stakeholders and agencies including relevant Community Rehabilitation Company or National Probation Service staff

- Keeping records efficiently and in line with the needs and requirements of Ixion and NOMS, and with Langley House Trust policies and procedures

- Reporting interventions, communications and outcomes as required, including using the CATS system and updating paperwork required by Langley House Trust

- Updating, information sharing and case conferencing with any relevant financial support agencies in the local area

- Working closely with local stakeholders and agencies including relevant Community Rehabilitation Company or National Probation Service staff

- Organising own diary and manage time effectively on a day to day basis

- Working in partnership with your line manager in line with the Trusts Lone Worker Policy

- Ensuring that all participants receive a quality service at all times

To become our Debt and Gambling Advice Worker you must have the following:

- Demonstrable experience of working in financial and debt advice

- Demonstrable experience of providing resettlement related support

- Good understanding of the issues affecting those with debt or gambling issues

- Literate to be able to write letters and reports and numerate to complete statistical and financial returns

- Competent with Microsoft products and in particular Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

- Able to work in a challenging and demanding environments

- Reliable and able to manage own workload

- Team player

- Flexible attitude to rapid changes in task

If you are in harmony with the Christian ethos of our organisation and wish to join our team as our Debt and Gambling Advice Worker please click ‘Apply’ now!

Closing Date:02/03/2017

We reserve the right to close earlier if we receive sufficient applicants.

Please note that a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check is required for all appointments within the Trust and that job offers will be subject to the Trust receiving satisfactory evidence of the successful applicant’s right to work in the UK.