Job Title: Housing & Debt Advisor – Manchester
Location: West Midlands
Job Role: Adviser – Housing/homelessness
Salary: £20,001 – £25,000
Closing Date: 22nd October 2018
Job Type: Contract
Working Hours: Full time
We’re looking for a highly motivated, customer-focused and influential individual who is passionate about making a difference to vulnerable and homeless people to join us as a Housing and Debt Advisor and offer vital support to the pioneering Motiv8 project.
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. Motiv8 is delivered through the Manchester Athena partnership and as one of the project’s key partners, Shelter will provide participants with housing, welfare benefits and debt advice and support, either face to face, via a Helpline Plus telephone service or through guided self-help.
You will be employed to work solely on the Motiv8 project. The post is funded through the Building Better Opportunities programme by the European Social Fund (2014-2020) and BIG Lottery Fund.
About the Role
The Housing and Debt Advisor will be part of the dedicated Shelter Motiv8 team, as well as working closely with the wider Motiv8 partnership, which includes a range of local housing providers and voluntary sector organisations across Greater Manchester. Collaborative working and joint reporting systems will be a key feature of the programme.
Youwill provide dedicated and impartial advice, casework and advocacy to clients concerning housing, debt and welfare benefits. This will involve conducting initial client interviews and detailed diagnostic interviews at service centre, outreach sites and over the telephone, plus agreeing on the client’s needs and identifying desired outcomes/actions. You will also be expected to generate letters confirming advice and support, write and implement case plans, make referrals to solicitor at the earliest point in an individual case and support solicitors when required.
We’re looking for a resilient, adaptable and proactive individual, with demonstrable experience of specialist level housing and/or debt and/or welfare benefit advice. You will also have a proven track record of working with vulnerable people and/or people with multiple and complex needs, plus experience of working within a safeguarding framework. An excellent communicator, both verbal and written, you will be able to prepare, plan and deliver impactful briefings and/or group work sessions, while strong interpersonal, relationship-building and IT skills are also essential.
This role is offered on a fixed term contract until end of October 2019.
Benefits include: 30 days’ annual leave (pro rata), the possibility of flexible working, enhanced family friendly policies and significant opportunities for learning and development.
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 are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them.
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