POST: Project Worker – NE Region
HOURS: 35 hours per week
NJC Scale Range 24 to 28, £20,589 -
£23,406pa + sleep in allowance,
pension & other benefits
35 days per annum, inclusive of bank
and statutory holidays
RESPONSIBLE TO: The Project Manager
An enhanced CRB check is required for this post as the post holder will directly
working with vulnerable young people.
SUMMARY OF JOB
The project workers role is to provide advice, practical support, and personal life
skills development that young people require to move towards independence. You
will have direct responsibility for keyworking 3 residents and be expected to
support all residents when on duty. Throughout the role you will ensure that young
people are enabled to take control over decisions affecting their lives and the way
the project is run.
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
1. MAIN TASKS
1.1 To participate in a rota system, which ensures the project, is staffed 24
hours a day, 7 days a week. This involves sleep in shifts, weekend work
and lone working
1.2 To ensure the smooth running of the project, implementing house rules
and policies and procedures as required.
1.3 To deal with any emergency which occurs in the project.
1.4 To facilitate regular residents meetings and other ways of working with
residents to plan activities and the running of the project.
1.5 To participate in the keyworking and support planning system, providing
individual support, guidance and information to the residents, including
advice and assistance on resettlement.
1.6 To receive payments of rent, to issue receipts, and maintain necessary
records. To keep accurate records of petty cash expenditure.
1.7 To discuss referrals with appropriate agencies, and colleagues, to arrange
interviews for prospective residents and implement admission procedures.
1.8 To liaise with benefits agencies, local authority and other statutory bodies
regarding benefits and possible employment/training.
2. TEAM WORK
2.1 To participate in weekly staff meetings and one to one supervision with the
2.2 To provide emergency cover when necessary, including emergency call out,
if required. This may be to assist or relieve the staff member on duty, or to
provide back-up support/information.
2.3 To participate in appropriate staff training programmes and to keep up-to-
date with relevant legislation by reading and attendance of training
2.4 To undertake the development and updating of specialised information in
certain areas, e.g. resettlement, training and employment, counselling,
2.5 To support other workers at the project.
3.1 To assist the Project Manager in ensuring the maintenance of the building,
furniture and fittings. To maintain Health and Safety standards including
Fire Safety procedures.
3.2 To follow the fire officer's requirements with regard to fire drills and ensure
residents are fully aware of the fire procedures.
3.3 To promote awareness of the project and its work within the local
4 GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES
4.1 In conjunction with your Line Manager to continuously develop the role to
ensure that all tasks are being undertaken in an effective and appropriate
manner which meet the strategic aims and objectives of Depaul UK.
4.2 To participate in internal/external meetings as required, and attend
training events, conferences and other functions as necessary.
4.3 To participate in regular supervision and annual appraisal, and help in
identifying your own job-related development and training needs.
4.4 To ensure that all Depaul UK policies and procedures are being adhered to,
particularly those relating to Health and Safety, Code of Practice and
4.5 To contribute to the effective implementation of Depaul’s Diversity and
Equality Policy as it affects both Depaul and its work with young people.
4.6 Undertake any other duties that may be required which are commensurate
with the role.
4.7 To at all times undertake your role in a professional manner maintaining a
high quality standard of work, and to always work in accordance with the
aims, values and ethos of Depaul UK1.
CRIMINAL RECORDS BUREAU – DISCLOSURE
Depaul UK aims to promote equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of
talent, skills and potential. Depaul UK welcomes applications from diverse
candidates. Criminal records will be taken into account for requirement purposes
only when the conviction is relevant.
As Depaul UK meets the requirements in respect of exempted questions under
the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, all applicants who are offered
employment will be subject to a criminal record check from the Criminal Records
Bureau before the appointment is confirmed. This will include details of cautions,
reprimands or final warnings, as well as convictions.
1 Depaul UK has a close relationship with the Catholic Church, the Vincentian
Movement and other Christian denominations. It is important that all staff have
respect for this relationship (refer to background notes).
POST: Project Worker – NE
This person specification sets out the various criteria which are desirable for the post
and by which we will assess your application. When completing your application form
please address all the points set out below.
1.1 Substantial experience of working in a residential housing project for young
1.2 Experience of working with homeless people.
1.3 Experience of keyworking.
1.4 Experience of working with disadvantaged young people.
1.5 Experience of involving clients in the way services are designed to meet their
2.1 A clear understanding of the principle causes and effects of youth
2.2 A knowledge of the support needs of young people and how they might be
2.3 A knowledge of statutory and voluntary resources available to young people.
2.4 A knowledge of Health and Safety and anti discriminatory working practices,
and the implications of both in the working environment.
3. SKILLS AND ABILITIES
3.1 Ability to be a flexible and co-operative member of a team.
3.2 Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
3.3 An ability to act calmly in emergencies and to respond in a professional
manner to stressful and challenging behaviour.
3.4 An ability to make decisions; to interview prospective residents and to gauge
the projects appropriateness in relation to their needs.
3.5 An ability to work confidently on one's own and to deal with any situation
which may arise.
3.6 An ability to maintain accurate records for client information, keyworking, rent
and petty cash.
3.7 Ability to lone work in the supported accommodation project.
4.1 Commitment to consultative ways of working, both within the staff team and
with the young people who use the service.
4.2 Commitment to high standards of services for homeless young people.
4.3 Commitment to staff development.
4.4 Respect for the values and ethos of Depaul and its founding partners.
4.5 Commitment to working in a manner which promotes diversity and equality
ensuring that everyone is treated with respect and dignity and no one suffers
4.6 Commitment to promoting an environment which has the highest regard for
the Health and Safety of others.
5.1 Ability to work a changing shift pattern which will include sleep-ins and lone