Lead Support Worker (Assessment & Brief Intervention)

Westminster MH FS
No. of Vacancies
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Fixed Term Duration
Six Months
Starting at 25,731 rising incrementally to 27,640 per annum
Closing Date
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The Westminster Floating Support is a diverse team that is funded by Westminster Council to provide flexible housing related support across all tenures; it aims to enable our clients to continue to live independently within their own home.  We believe that all our clients deserve the chance to obtain and develop skills that empower them to lead independent lives with confidence.   

Single Homeless Project is a London-wide charity. Our vision is of a society where everyone has a place to call home and the chance to live a fulfilling life. 

We help single Londoners by preventing homelessness, providing support and accommodation, promoting wellbeing, enhancing opportunity, and being a voice for change. From supporting people in crisis to helping people take the final steps towards independence and employment, we make a difference to 10,000 lives every year across all 32 boroughs.

As a Lead Support Worker (Assessment & Brief Intervention), you will work within SHP's recovery model, utilising joint working with external agencies to help provide assessment and brief intervention (roughly 3 months) support to people referred into the service. You will also hold a caseload of clients who have varying support needs that are linked to tenancy sustainment.

You will need to have a strong understanding of Support Planning and Risk Assessing as well as a keen understanding of the challenges our clients face when accessing services and approaches to overcome these. These roles are being created for an initial six months period, due to unprecedented demand for the service. 

To succeed, you will need to demonstrate how you meet the following points in your application:

  • An understanding of the methods that could be used to develop life skills and prepare clients for appropriate move on from support services.
  • A demonstrable level of experience and understanding of the range of approaches appropriate to working with mental ill-health, substance use, and tenancy sustainment
  • An ability to effectively liaise with a range of service providers or agencies in order to establish or improve services for clients.
  • Understanding of the principles of risk and needs assessment, support planning, goal setting, and the importance of regularly reviewing these.
  • Experience of working in a fast-paced and multi-faceted environment, and the ability to respond calmly and professionally to challenging situations.
  • An ability to work under pressure using own initiative and prioritising tasks in order to meet tight deadlines.

In this continued time of uncertainty, you will need to be adaptive, supportive and innovative in your approach to client support and collaborative work. With the team dynamics being a major part of your support network, you will work alongside a large team and report to a Team Manager. 

 We would welcome applicants seeking this role, as a job share arrangement/position (i.e. two people working part-time).

Closing date: 16th August 2021 (at Midnight)

Interviews to be held on: 24th August 2021

This post will require an Enhanced DBS check to be processed for the successful applicant. 

Our attractive benefits package includes:

  • A salary increase after successfully completing six months.
  • A 37.5 hour working week including flexible working hours (core hours are 10am – 4pm) in non-accommodation services
  • 25 days annual leave, increasing annually to the maximum 30 days (plus paid Bank Holidays),
  • A contributory pension scheme: Single Homeless Project will contribute the equivalent of 5% of your annual salary
  • Staff Health Cash Plan and discounts scheme
  • Comprehensive and integrated training programme designed specifically to develop the skills and knowledge involved in our work

Single Homeless Project is actively committed to equal opportunities and the promotion of diversity and inclusion, in all of our services and workplaces.  We are also Disability Confident Committed, a Stonewall Diversity Champion and are IIP Silver accredited.