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Lead Practitioner - Renfrewshire Homelessness Services

  • Full time
  • £22,649 – £25,394
  • Renfrewshire
  • Closing 20th March 2023

  • Advertised from 6th March 2023
  • £11.77 - £13.20 per hour. Fixed Term.
  • Ref 3288


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Do you have a passion for helping vulnerable people enjoy as much fulfilment as they can and feel included in their community? If compassion, care and inclusiveness are an important part of who you are, our opportunities to work away from the routine in a demanding, challenging but emotionally rewarding role could be for you.

Our Turning Point Scotland Services in Renfrewshire Homelessness Services are looking for people like you to help provide individualised support to adults with a wide range of needs, either on an individual 1:1 basis or alongside others and as part of a team.

About The Service / Role

We recognise that many people who have experienced, or are continuing to experience trauma in their life struggle to engage with mainstream services. This leaves individuals at greater risk of health harm, homelessness and alcohol and other drugs related deaths. The MYLA Team will operate within the Homelessness Support Services Renfrewshire (hereafter, the Team) will engage with people who are experiencing challenges in their life related to alcohol, other drugs, and / or housing / homelessness. The Team will work with people who are; Not engaged in services; Partially engaged in services, perhaps only engaging in prescribed medication, but not engaged in psychosocial interventions; Sporadically engaged with services; Lost contact with services.

We will deliver support in the following ways;

Assertive Outreach - We will use evidence-based assertive engagement approaches and triage people to make a decision on whether they will access further support from TPS or connect people into another part of the system.

Low level support care co-ordination – We assist people to access other key services to promote their wellbeing, ensuring they are linked into Medically Assisted Treatment if appropriate, ensuring they are accessing all relevant benefits, taking them to appointments, liaising with other professionals. We will also provide support with housing related tasks / functions.

High level support and care co-ordination – We will deliver support as stated in the lower tier as well developing a therapeutic relationship with the individual. This will include delivering support that will include assessment and recovery planning; Harm Reduction and Relapse Prevention; Alcohol and Drug Brief Interventions; Motivational Interviewing; and solution focused approaches.

You will work as part of a team of 3 workers, you will carry a mixed caseload of assertive outreach, low and high level support and care co-ordination of people who have been identified as needing support with problematic Alcohol and or other Drug issues and possibly housing support.

About You

Our Values drive our behaviour, you will be expected to showcase how your practice meets our values of Respect, Compassion, Inclusion and Integrity. You will also;

  • Recognise problematic Alcohol and Drug issues as a health issue and be passionate about supporting people to reduce harm and / or recover.
  • Have some experience of delivering support to individuals with severe and multiple disadvantage, and at least a basic knowledge of the effects and supports available to individuals who are experiencing problematic Alcohol and Other Drug issues.
  • Be able work in a way that provides service users with choice and control in their life, helping them to develop a sense of themselves and belonging.
  • Recognise the wide ranging support expected as part of Housing Support

The support we provide is always person centred, we do this by involving people who know the person well, this includes family and friends, other health and Social Work professionals, Advocacy services and our own staff members.

We believe having the right values of respect, compassion, inclusion and integrity is all you need to join our team! We would offer you full support in completing your application.

As a Lead Practitioner, you will work with individuals who have a wide range of support needs, providing them with practical and emotional support and encouraging them to achieve their own personal outcomes in all aspects of their daily lives e.g. keeping safe, meaningful activities, community involvement, physical health, relationships, emotional health and wellbeing.

Application notes

Full details of this role can be viewed on our website:

Closing date: 20th March 2023.