Charity registered in Scotland SC003076
Simon Community Scotland is working in partnership with Barnardos, Blue Triangle and North Lanarkshire Council to implement an innovative multi agency approach to resolve homelessness. Homes First is a new initiative that provides intensive support and intervention with people who face significant challenges in their lives, often as a result of past trauma. Our ambition is to enable people to have a safe and secure home with the support they need to achieve their own ambitions.
We're looking for a Team Leader who welcomes a challenge, recognises the value of partnership working, can make things happen, leads with integrity and values successful outcomes for people. You will be required to work flexibly including evenings and weekends leading the team to respond in a highly personalised way. More details are in the attached job description
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, responding to the complex needs of people who’s 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 5000 people per year.
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 in combating the causes and effects of homelessness. We are particularly keen to receive applications from individuals with expertise in:
● HR (Employment Law)
● Mental Health/Addiction
● 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), via video-conferencing (during Covid).
● Join one Sub-Committee - (Finance, HR & Governance, Property & Investment or Digital
● 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.
Please only apply for the post if you are able to travel to the above locations.
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 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.
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.
The Street Team Relief worker will provide positive practical and emotional support to people who are rough sleeping in Glasgow or at risk of rough sleeping. Working in pairs, they will engage with Rough Sleepers and Vulnerable People and support them to present for accommodation, engage with health and addiction services as well as other homeless
This role requires a degree of physical fitness as street staff actively outreach on foot across the city centre and surrounding areas. Essential protective clothing and footwear will be provided and must be used.
1. To help provide person-centered support to people who use the service.
2. To help maintain accurate records and case notes.
3. To ensure that services comply with standards set by SCS and meet the contractual
and/or regulatory requirements of relevant external agencies.
4. To contribute as an effective team member to the development of the activities of the
To support and enable vulnerable resettled clients to address their ongoing issues.
To support and enable tenants who are facing difficulties in successfully maintaining their tenancy. To assess individuals’ needs and develop a relevant plan of support which will enable them to sustain their tenancies in the long term.
Are you looking for a role where you can lead and develop a diverse team through a period of exciting change and opportunity to deliver life changing quality services?
Can you create a culture which empowers your team and supports them to provide trauma informed care?
If so, we have a position for you!
We are one of three agencies working in a partnership with Perth and Kinross Council to provide high quality housing support for people in Perthshire and we are looking for a Service Leader to oversee our service, and to drive its continuing improvement and development.
We provide short to medium term housing support for people in the city of Perth and north Perthshire through a combination of face to face visits and digital sessions, our support is trauma informed and based on the principles of the psychologically informed environment.
The team’s work primarily takes place within people’s homes and communities and we have learned a lot during the Covid outbreak about more agile ways of working. We are using this learning to move away from having a traditional office base and so the role will involve a combination of working in people’s homes and communities, using rented locations to meet with colleagues, working in other spaces that we have agreements to use, and working at home is an option.
The successful candidate will need to believe in our frontline staff and the huge value they bring to Simon Community Scotland and to find creative ways to empower them; they will have a passion for involving the people who use our service, ensuring they are at the heart of what we do and how we do it.
A Job Description is available for download.
In October 2019 we launched a new floating support service in Perthshire, providing housing support for people in the city of Perth and north Perthshire in partnership with Perth & Kinross Council, CATH and Turning Point Scotland.
We are looking for Relief Support Workers to join our team to help us to deliver a positive, recovery focused service to people at risk of, or experiencing homelessness. The service supports people where and when they need it and will involve evening and weekend working to fit with people's needs.
We would welcome applicants who view partnerships as essential in helping people with multiple needs find positive opportunities in their lives, who 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, hopeful and have the resilience
to be independent. It's not an easy job, but it's a brilliant one.
The relief rate of pay is currently £9.39 per hour and works on a flexible basis to fit around your other commitments and the needs of the people we support.
In return 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.
If you're interested then have a look at our Job Description for more information about the role, watch our Twitter @simoncommscot and Website to get a feel for who we are and what drives us. If you would like to you can have a chat with Jan, our Assistant Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
Simon Community Scotland’s vision is for everyone to have a safe place to live with access to the help they need. We support adults and young people who are homeless and sleeping rough by providing them with emergency shelter as well as homes in the community.
We work with people so that they can resolve their homelessness as quickly as possible. We maintain contact with people – in diverse circumstances – so that we can help them address the underlying reasons for their homelessness and get the support they need, recover and thrive.
A Support Worker post is the ideal opportunity for an individual with experience of working with homeless people or rough sleepers and great support/case working skills to advance their career with our amazing charity.
In this role, you will discover a supportive, communicative environment where we are all focused on the same goal of reducing homelessness and providing safe, secure accommodation for people who have experienced rough sleeping.
As the colder weather approaches, homeless people find it harder and harder to stay safe and healthy. Your role will provide a vital link for them to access healthcare services and accommodation and will potentially save lives. Winter is always a particularly tough time, however in 2020, we have the new challenge of COVID, are you strong and resilient enough to join this fight with us?
If you are passionate about supporting people out of homelessness then this job is for you. Exciting opportunities have arisen across all our Trauma Informed services in Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, Perth and Edinburgh. We have a range of services that include, Outreach, Tenancy Sustainment, Street Work, Information Hubs and accommodation services that provide housing support, including specialist women's services. We are currently looking for Support Workers to join our teams. Our work takes place 7 days a week 24 hours a day at times that meet the needs of the people we support
So, if you are ready to make an impact on the homeless population across the West of Scotland and deliver outstanding services to people who need them the most, send us your application so we can learn more about you. If you are lucky enough to join our fantastic team, in return you will receive a competitive salary, 4% contributory pension, 35 days minimum annual leave, cycle to work scheme, buy and sell holiday scheme and access to staff welfare services