Housing Support Practitioner

  • Full time
  • £25,800
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 19th August 2022


  • Advertised from 4th August 2022
  • 35 hours per week
  • 35 days holiday rising to 40 on completion of 5 years' service

Role

Four Square Scotland is an Edinburgh charity working for more than 40 years to prevent homelessness and promote inclusion. We provide services directly to people who are homeless, or who are at risk of homelessness to overcome any barriers they may face in creating a stable life for themselves in their community. At the core of Four Square are the values on which the organisation is based. These are equally applied to the people we support, our colleagues and our partners and are: Integrity; Excellence; Dignity; Support.

Alongside our support services, we have social enterprises, which provide independent income for our charity as well as volunteering and training opportunities for those who use our services.

Due to increased demand for our services Four Square are looking for a qualified, experienced, motivated person with a can-do attitude and a commitment to using evidence-based approaches to support people to join our team.

The Role:

The role of Housing Support Practitioner in our Housing Support Service is vital to help us achieve our aim of ensuring everyone has a home, a place in their community and a network of positive relationships and interests that support them to build the life they want. We work from a strength-based and trauma-informed approach to help people realise their goals, connect with their communities and enjoy life.

This service is commissioned by the City of Edinburgh Council in the South West of Edinburgh with the aim of preventing homelessness or to move on from homelessness. The role of Housing Support Practitioners will be to complete a holistic assessment with the person that produces a collaborative support plan with the aim to help people recognise their strengths which will build their confidence, self-efficacy, resilience, and motivation. Practitioners will use the Homelessness Star to develop this collaborative support plan that, alongside identifying areas of strength, addresses other areas of their lives people want to improve or change. We offer in-house training to all our staff on the use of the tool.

The role will require a degree of flexibility and contracts are Monday to Sunday working between 8 am and 10 pm to meet the needs of the people they support.

The person

  • Be registered with SSSC or achieve registration within 6 months of starting;
  • Be qualified in a relevant subject e.g. HNC social care etc. to SCQF7 as a minimum;
  • To comply always with Four Square’s Code of Conduct, together with its policies and procedures with regards to the maintenance of professional relationships between colleagues, the people we work with and external organisations;
  • To adhere to Four Square's Confidentiality and Data Protection Policy;
  • To adhere to Four Square’s policy on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion when working with colleagues, the people we work with and external organisations;
  • To adhere to and maintain all health and safety standards;
  • To work in accordance with Four Square’s core values and mission statement.
  • To undertake any other reasonable duties as directed (including providing cover for colleagues, as directed);
  • To comply always with the Safeguarding Policy and Procedure;
  • To attend conferences / seminars / training, as required.

Tasks flowing from the assessment and reviews may include helping people:

  • Maximise income and reduce debt;
  • Develop healthier coping skills when times are stressful;
  • Develop problem-solving skills so their need for support services in the future may be reduced and they know who to contact for certain things;
  • Develop interpersonal skills and be supported to access social and supportive networks;
  • Develop employability skills and access to education, training and employment;
  • Access health services or longer-term care services;
  • Deal with housing issues such as arrears or repossessions that may put them at risk of future homelessness;
  • Support people to transition from temporary accommodation to their own home;
  • Help people to manage legal issues;
  • Support people to make a house a home;
  • Help people to become as independent as possible, making referrals to professionals and agencies who can support their longer-term;
  • Ensuring people feel safe and secure in their home and community and act where they don’t;
  • Advocate on behalf of people in a professional manner;
  • Manage to safeguard concerns reporting to the appropriate authorities and recording clearly and succinctly actions and follow-up;
  • Complete grant applications and benefits forms with the person, so they can do this themselves in the future, is possible.

This list is not exhaustive and Housing Support Practitioners shall judge if they are the best person to support people in certain areas, where they are not they will help the person find the support they need.

The role of Housing Support Practitioner will require a degree of flexibility and contracts are Monday to Sunday working between 8am and 10pm to meet the needs of the people they support.

If your values, work experience and commitment to working from a strengths-based perspective align with ours then we would love to hear from you.

Application notes

If your values, work experience and commitment to working from a strengths-based perspective align with ours then we would love to hear from you.

Please forward your CV and covering letter stating why you are suitable for the role to olgak@foursquare.org.uk by the 19th of August 2022 or visit our website