Charity registered in Scotland SC003076
Simon Community Scotland is the largest provider of homelessness services in Scotland, with a reputation for excellence. Everything we do is about and for people: the people we support, our staff, our partners and everyone affected by homelessness. Our values matter to us and we are looking for people who share those, who are committed to making a positive difference, and who are skilled in relating to people and working in a person-centred way to find solutions to help people recover from homelessness. Within our services we are proud to provide accommodation specifically designed for women experiencing homelessness.
The women who enter our accommodation services, usually have multiple experiences of abuse and disadvantage, including= childhood abuse, domestic and sexual violence and exploitation through prostitution including coercion and control. They may have physical and mental health problems, criminal records and experience of street homelessness, any combination of which can lead to learned survival and coping strategies that can often be a barrier to accessing and benefiting from support services.
Our aim is to provide a safe place that accepts women as they are whilst supporting them to identify goals and find ways of moving forward and away from the harms they live with.
Are you as passionate as we are about providing high quality, safe accommodation to women experiencing homelessness? If the answer is yes we are looking for you to join us and work within a fast-paced team of dedicated women who have a woman-centred approach that focuses on safety and recovery.
Key duties and responsibilities will be:
We have full and part-time vacancies for support workers as well as opportunities to join our relief staff team. Relief ours are based on service delivery needs and offers an exciting chance to build up your experience and skills, these roles are ideally suited to students and those who can be flexible with their time and availability.
For genuine occupational requirement reasons we are looking to appoint a females only for these posts (exemption under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9)
Would you like to be part of ending homelessness in Scotland?
Simon Community Scotland is a Scottish charity wholly focussed on tackling the causes and effects of homelessness. We have over 50 years’ experience of partnership working in responding to the complex needs of people whose journey towards homelessness often began at an early age. We are a wholly values-driven provider of specialist street outreach services in Glasgow and Edinburgh, intensive community outreach support emergency and supported accommodation services, and we are the largest provider of specialist homelessness provision for women experiencing homelessness. Our services are spread across 4 Local Authority areas, along with a national programme bringing digital inclusion to the very heart of homelessness provision.
We have a team of over 300+ staff and volunteers delivering personalised solutions for over 3000 people per year.
Most recently, Simon Community Scotland joined forces with Streetwork based in Edinburgh, becoming one unified organisation and amalgamating the two largest street outreach teams in the country. Emerging as a stronger influence in homelessness with no other organisation reaching more people who have nowhere safe or secure to call home in Scotland.
Skills & Experience
We currently have a vacancy for 2 Trustees to join our Board and contribute to our respected pool of expertise. Ideally, applicants will have a range of relevant skills and a keen interest combatting the causes and effects of homelessness. We are particularly keen to receive applications from individuals with expertise in:
● Social Care
● Digital and IT
● Business Development
● Tenure is initially for 3 years (up to a maximum 2 terms of 3 years).
● Attend 6 Board Meetings per year on the last Tuesday (evening) of every 2nd month
(commencing in January), at our Head Office in Glasgow.
● Join one Sub-Committee - (Finance (quarterly), HR & Governance, Audit & Risk (bi-yearly).
● Visit 2 services per year.
● Play an active role in the work of the Board and Sub-Committees, including Strategic
Planning and ensuring good Governance.
● Get to know other Board members and help build a collegial working relationship that
contributes to consensus.
Constructively challenge the Simon Community Scotland team and fellow Board members,
contributing to debate and discussion that enhances the work.
● Trustees have the opportunity to support the work of the charity by participating in internal
and external events. Email response/exchange will also be an integral part of the role.
● Training will be provided where necessary and you will be reimbursed for reasonable
expenses incurred in connection with your role.
Support Workers and Relief Staff - Perthshire
In October we are launching a new flexible support service in the North of Perthshire. From Kinloch Rannoch in the West to Invergowrie in the East and from Perth to Spittal of Glenshee in the North.
We are looking for people to join our team and help us create and deliver a positive, recovery focused service to people at risk of, or experiencing homelessness. The service will support people where and when they need it and will involve evening and weekend working to fit with people's needs. The service is currently based in Perth and we're developing remote working so if you live in the back of beyond that would be great as many of the people we support are there too.
We are really excited to be developing this service in partnership with Perth and Kinross Council, Turning Point Scotland and CATH and would welcome applicants who view partnerships as essential in helping people with multiple needs and opportunities in their lives, are up for testing new ways of working and can stick with people through challenging times. Many of the people we support experience homelessness as a consequence of the challenges they have experienced; mental and physical health problems, low expectations, poverty, trauma, addictions or abuse. Our staff support people to be confident, optimistic, and hopeful and have the resilience to be independent. It's not an easy job, it's a brilliant one.
We will provide you with a starting salary of £18087 rising in increments to £19601 (Relief workers will get £9.06 hourly rate), life insurance is x4 times your salary, a contributory pension scheme where we pay 4%, 35 days annual leave (38 days after 5 years), holiday buy back scheme and childcare vouchers. We will also invest in your career through learning and development and we have an amazing program of classroom, online and self-directed learning in place, backed by great leadership and an organisation that empowers frontline staff to deliver impact for service users.
Simon Community Scotland is the largest provider of homelessness services in Scotland, with a reputation for excellence. Everything we do is about and for people:the people we support, our staff, our partners and everyone affected by homelessness.
Support Worker 2 – Gender Specific*
We are looking for Support Workers to work in a creative, trauma-informed service for women across Scotland. We want to deliver female orientated services and responses that matter to women and really make a difference. The ideal candidate will:
·To contribute as an effective team member to the development of the activities of the service.
·To promote choice, well-being and the protection of service users from the risk of danger, harm or abuse.
*The post is exempt under Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010 so only female applicants may apply and are subject to PVG disclosure checks
Support Worker 1 & 2 – North Lanarkshire Services
Based in Motherwell, Airdrie and Wishaw
Support Workers will provide positive practical and emotional support to people who use the service that focuses on goals, promotes choice and encourages personal responsibility. Support Workers will also establish and maintain effective professional relationships with a range of external partners to ensure support to service users is coordinated and in agreement with identified care plans.
·To work with service users to develop and deliver person-centred support plans that achieve the best possible outcomes for people who use the service.
·To encourage people who use services to take an active role in their support and in all decisions relating to them or their support.
·To participate in the monitoring and evaluation of services provided to people who use the service.
We ask for your compassion, creativity, flexibility, eternal optimism and positive approach as well as a commitment to living the values of our organisation with your colleagues, partners and crucially with the people we support.
Why work with Simon Community?
Life insurance is x4 times your salary, a contributory pension scheme where we pay 4%, 35 days annual leave (38 days after 5 years), and holiday buy back scheme and childcare vouchers, also the option to join our Health Plan and Credit Union.
We will also invest in your career through learning and development and we have an amazing program of classroom, online and self-directed learning in place, backed by great leadership and an organisation that empowers frontline staff to deliver impact for service users.
We are delighted to have launched a new housing support service for people living in the city of Perth and North Perthshire. We are one of three agencies working as a partnership with Perth and Kinross Council to provide high quality housing support for people in Perthshire.
To lead and develop a diverse team through a period of exciting transition and opportunity to deliver life changing quality services. To create a culture which recognises the team, it’s strengths, and their roles as leaders in every interaction through professional empowerment and risk informed decision making at the front line where it matters. To work within your discipline to promote and create a culture of real participation placing the Service User at the heart of what we do and how we do it. To work well with all key partners to develop effective sustainable relationships. To ensure people development and engagement to develop and build capacity which supports the strategic vision.