As our Community Outreach Worker, you will work within an integrated team within Next Link Domestic abuse services. Providing a co-ordinated package of emotional and practical support, advice and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and their children, who are living in the community and experiencing domestic abuse. The role involves empowering survivors to increase their options, make positive choices/decisions, increase their confidence, safety and recovery.
Key duties and responsibilities of our Community Outreach Worker:
Provide outreach, resettlement and tenancy sustainment support enabling women in the community to safely maintain their current accommodation, access alternative housing, welfare benefits, legal advice and support services
Maintain an effective support service with the aim of enabling the survivor and her children to develop the skills and resources necessary to move on and maintain independence and self-reliance
To provide short term support to clients around safety planning and ensuring they are aware of their options in relation to their current circumstances.
Maintain knowledge of local services, encourage engagement and reduce the families’ isolation
Recognise, respect and address the needs of service-users who face particular barriers when seeking help to access the service
Maintain an up to date working knowledge of housing legislation, housing and welfare legislation and the welfare benefit system
Promote the service through building positive relationships with current, potential referrers and service users to ensure a steady flow of appropriate referrals
Where relevant, refer children and young people needing additional specialist support to the Family Workers
Actively participate in regular one-to-one supervision, reflective practice groups, and annual appraisals
What we are looking for in our ideal Community Outreach Worker:
An understanding of the impact of domestic abuse on women and children
Experience of carrying out needs and risk assessments, co-producing risk management and safety plans with women and children experiencing domestic abuse
Experience providing support to individuals to sustain/ manage their tenancies and avoid tenancy breakdown
An understanding of cultural diversity and domestic abuse
The ability to provide respectful, non-judgemental, and confidential support to women and their children
A full driving licence and access to transport
Numeracy and literacy to GCSE level/NVQ 2 or equivalent
Please apply now to join us as our Community Outreach Worker and contribute to the valuable work Next Link and its wider services, delivering hope and support to survivors of domestic violence and abuse. Please download the application pack from our website and complete the application form. Please submit your application by 10am Wednesday 5th October 2022. Please do not send CVs. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 12th October 2022.