Advice Plus Worker - Housing, Debt & Welfare Benefits

  • Full time
  • £23,239
  • Dundee
  • Closing 30th January 2020


  • Advertised from 14th January 2020
  • + excellent benefits. Fixed term contract until March 2021.

Role

Closing date: 30 January 2020 at 11.30pm. Interviews: Interviews: w/c 10th February 2020

Do you have proven experience of advice work, with a specific focus on housing issues and/or debt and/or welfare benefits? Then join us as an Advice Plus Worker and you could soon be providing vital advice and support to our clients in the Dundee 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.

Shelter Scotland provides a free telephone Helpline and has advice and support Hubs located in Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Edinburgh, each offering a range of services including money and debt advice and legal advocacy and representation. This role will be part of our Advice + service which provides both advice and support to people who may have a range of complex problems that they need additional help to resolve.

About the role

As an Advice Plus Worker, you'll be providing advice and support focussing on homelessness prevention. This will involve conducting casework at hubs, outreach sites, clients' homes and over the telephone, agreeing their needs and identifying desired outcomes/actions. You'll also get the opportunity to undertake more complex cases, closely supported by a Senior Adviser or Manager. 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.

About you

To succeed, you'll need demonstrable relevant experience, a proactive, collaborative and client-focused approach, sensitivity to others' 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 clients' underlying issues and persuading them to change their views. 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.

Benefits

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, 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.

Apply to be part of our advice 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 also encourage applications from people, who have been homeless or have been at risk of homelessness. 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.

Application notes

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