We are looking for a client-focused individual with experience of advice work with a specific focus on housing issues, money and debt and welfare benefits to join us as an Adviser and provide vital advice to our clients in the Edinburgh area.
A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change — with individuals, in communities, across society – and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.
Our advice and support Hubs located in Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Edinburgh provide a range of services, including money and debt advice and legal advocacy and representation. There are also support services in Glasgow, Dumfries and South Lanarkshire delivering housing support for vulnerable people and families who are homeless and a dedicated service working with Young Runaways in Tayside. In addition, we have services focussing on specific client groups such as prisoners, older people and veterans, as well as a free telephone helpline. This particular role is based at our Edinburgh hub.
About the role
As an Adviser, we'll rely on you to deliver a professional, impartial, pragmatic and outcome focussed service to our clients whilst working to Shelter Quality Standards. Day-to-day, you'll be providing advice on all areas of housing law, homelessness, money and debt and welfare benefits and specialist casework related to these areas. You'll also get to undertake work on aspects of complex advocacy cases. Contributing to local and national policy and practice development will be important too, as will representing clients at reviews, tribunals and appeals, with relevant training provided if needed. Conducting initial interviews, agreeing clients' needs, writing case plans and keeping accurate records - all are part and parcel of this interesting and varied role.
To succeed, you'll need demonstrable relevant experience, a proactive, collaborative and results-driven approach, sensitivity to other needs and the communication skills it takes to positively influence others. We'll also be looking for a flair for getting to the root of client's underlying needs and supporting them through change. Someone who is happy to challenge the status quo when appropriate, you enjoy actively contributing new ideas and approaches too. What's more, you have good typing skills and are proficient using Microsoft Office applications and case management systems
We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, payroll giving, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.
Shelter Scotland helps over half a million 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.
Closing date: 5 August 2019 at 11.30pm
To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter please visit our website. Apply to be part of our team and be the change you want to see in society.
Safeguarding is everyone's business. Shelter Scotland 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 Scotland, 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.
Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.
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