Fixed-term contract till March 2022
Closing date: 8th August 2021 at 11.30 pm

We're looking for a results-driven individual with experience of supporting vulnerable people or those with complex needs and who are, or have been, rough sleeping, to join us as an Engagement Worker and play a vital role in our rough sleepers service.

About Shelter
A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change, with individuals, in communities, across society, and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.

At Shelter we are united by our purpose to defend the right to a safe home. Our enemy is the social injustice at the core of the escalating housing emergency. We believe that to win that fight, we must be representative of the people we are here to help and those who support our movement for change. In all our people decisions, we take pride in being inclusive, fair, equitable and transparent.

We have committed to combat racism both within and outside Shelter and welcome you on our journey to becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.

About the Team
This innovative service based within Birmingham City Centre, aims to locate and engage with rough sleepers on the streets of Birmingham to move away from the streets into settled secure accommodation and to access the support they need to remain off the streets. A key feature of the service will be the involvement of people with lived experience of homelessness in service delivery and shaping its future.

About the Role
You'll be working to an assertive outreach model that places the emphasis on engagement, maintaining contact and relationship building in community settings. Your challenge? To build relationships with, and support a caseload of clients who are currently entrenched rough sleepers. Together, you'll develop co-produced, outcome focused support plans that reflect each participant's personal strengths and goals. We'll also count on you to co-ordinate interventions provided by other agencies to ensure that the right support is offered at the right time to enable each recipient to progress on their journey to recovery.

We are happy to talk about flexible working, personal growth, and to promote a workplace where you can be yourself and achieve success based only on your merit.

About you
You must have lived experience of homelessness, mental health, offending or substance misuse, helping you to support vulnerable individuals or those with complex needs who are, or have been, homeless or rough sleeping, to exercise choice and control in their lives. As well as a structured, calm and well organised approach, you will be forward thinking and flexible. What's more, you are familiar with working in a safeguarding framework and are not afraid to introduce new ideas, methods and processes to working practices when appropriate. Knowledge of relevant Birmingham based services would be useful, but is not essential. You will need experience of using a range of IT tools, including case management systems, Microsoft Office applications, internet and email etc. The ability to type is desirable.

Benefits
We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, payroll giving, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We're here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter please visit our website here. Apply to be part of our team and be the change you want to see in society.

Safeguarding is everyone's business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.

At Shelter, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We also encourage applications from people, who have been homeless or have been at risk of homelessness. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them. In addition to this, we encourage an approach to involving people with personal insight of housing issues and homelessness in our recruitment processes.

Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.