People are at the heart of who we are and what we do. Day-by-day, person-to-person, we tailor what we offer to what people need. We’re here to provide consistent, friendly and informed support so that people can explore options and take ‘the next step’ towards a positive future. We welcome people with a wide range of skills and experiences to our team – including those who have lived through homelessness. To make a difference we need to work flexibly, with
everyday-leadership, humour and a ‘can do’ spirit. We want to make it easy, make it right, and make it happen – not only for the people we support, but also for each other. Our #OneTeam ethos is core to who we are, and it means caring for and supporting each other regardless of our role, service or location. This is how we roll. We want people who share these values to join us and become a part of the Simon Community Scotland family.
PURPOSE OF THE ROLE
The Harm Reduction Practitioner role supports the Service Coordinator and wider team in designing and delivering harm reduction focused group work sessions as part of the brand new ‘We See You’ Project. ‘We See You’ is a low threshold, inclusive and trauma-informed service for people who are still using drugs in Glasgow City Centre. The service delivers psychosocial group work, harm reduction interventions and pathways into treatment for people who use drugs and who are experiencing homelessness.
We See You offers low threshold entry into education, employment and training opportunities and works in partnership to provide holistic support within an environment of safety, inclusion and belonging. Modelling the harm reduction philosophy of ‘meeting people where they are at’, we design person centred interventions that respond to immediate need and offer people a place to come which will build on a person’s strengths, skills and ambitions to live well.
We deliver harm reduction interventions including access to essential safe equipment, overdose awareness and prevention, blood borne virus training, wound care training and life saving responses to overdose. The project offers a staged approach, building in peer opportunities and volunteering providing people an opportunity to build skills and experience, confidence and self worth.
We are looking for people who are passionate about harm reduction and making a difference in the lives of people who use drugs to join this team in its infancy. We are looking for creative and ambitious team players who are able to think outside the box and bring new ideas and ways of working to ensure that people who are accessing the service are linked into meaningful activities and opportunities and feel cared for, included and part of something. An understanding of some of the challenges people who use drugs face is essential, as is working with people with hope
and understanding. We are really excited about what this project could achieve and are looking for people to help us create something which is innovative and responsive in Glasgow City Centre.
Working in partnership is key to the success of this project and this role will require the team to work alongside health and other third sector organisations, so some experience of this would be welcomed. We welcome people with their own experiences of trying to navigate the system and who have their own experience of using substances or experiencing homelessness.
We are looking for people who are keen to develop and learn alongside us and the people we support, while also understanding the real challenges people face and being able to work within an environment where people are at different stages of their journey, celebrating ‘any positive change’.
‘We See You’ will be delivered out of hours, so staff will be expected to work between 4pm-9pm during the weekend, and 11-5 at weekends over 7 days, on a rota basis. Part time staff can expect to work 2/3 evenings and 1 weekend shift per week.
Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date:13th October
Interviews: 20th October