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Migrant Outreach Worker
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Who are we?

Established in 2008, Hope Housing is a registered Christian charity working with people experiencing homelessness in Bradford. Our aim is to end rough sleeping in Bradford by eradicating homelessness through the provision of a range of services including crisis management, advice and advocacy and supported housing. Hope Housing currently has 40 supported bed places across 25 properties across the city and we are actively looking to expand our portfolio. We are connected into a wide range of working partnerships with statutory and voluntary services and churches to deliver a range of person centred services in the city.  We know that we cannot solve homelessness by ourselves; our key principles are to work with others and focus our work on filling gaps in homeless provision so that in our city no one will be left out. All our support is tailored to each individual and enables even the most disadvantaged people to access housing, financial and practical help through a person-centred, individualised approach. 

Purpose

The Migrant Outreach Worker will work with others in the City to find a pathway out of homelessness.  They will be working with the HOPS (Homeless Outreach Partnership Service) team, Bradford Council, DWP Social Justice Team, hostel providers and our Settled Status service to find solutions for clients.  The Migrant Outreach Worker will have an individual caseload of clients and will create a tailored plan for each client to move out of homelessness and destitution.  The worker will help the EEA migrants to access Settled Status support and help them with getting ID, passports and collect evidence to obtain settled or pre - settled status.  Alongside this they will support clients into employment, through accessing Job Clubs, specialist Job Centre workers, as well as support clients into legitimate working solutions.    

What drives us?

At our core we aim to reduce homelessness in such ways as may be thought fit within the context of Christian values and practice, based on the biblical mandate to love our neighbour as ourselves. We believe it is a great privilege to help people experiencing homelessness by providing hope where they often feel there is no hope.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Client Support

  • To Support a caseload of EEA migrants and other migrants to overcome barriers so that they are able to move out of Covid -19 temporary B and B accommodation into longer term accommodation. 
  • To support clients out of destitution by helping them get the evidence needed for Settled Status and Pre Settled Status application, supporting failed Asylum Seekers back into the immigration system and supporting Irregular migrants to regularise their status in the UK.
  • Support clients into legal employment as a route out of destitution. 
  • To encourage clients to engage in recovery programmes and support volunteers to help clients in overcoming support needs, recovery from addictions, gaining employment, benefit entitlement etc.
  • To provide ongoing support with due consideration and understanding, and with regard to the organisation’s Equal Opportunities policy.
  • Visit the clients at the B and B’s and prevent evictions. 
  • Screen clients for key indicators of being a victim of human trafficking.

EEA Specialism

  • To support the Hope Housing team in translation support for vulnerable EEA migrants.

Housing Management

  • To support clients in successfully maintaining their tenancies
  • Assist with helping clients access furniture / white goods for their property. 
  • Support EEA migrants moving into our tenancies with rent collection, Housing Benefit applications and management.
  • Following warning/eviction procedures where necessary.
  • To be part of an on call rota for emergencies/crises.

Personal Development

  • To undertake any training and development opportunities as agreed.
  • To attend occasional conferences and events related to homelessness and the work of Hope Housing in agreement with your line manager.
  • To undertake occasional tasks in cooperation with Hope Housing colleagues, as agreed within the context of the management structure, in order to gain additional skills and knowledge relevant and of use to the overall operation of Hope Housing.

Additional Tasks

  • To work within the framework of values, ethos, policies and procedures set by the trustees.
  • To undertake additional tasks and responsibilities at the request of the Trustees and line manager.
  • To deputise on occasion and as appropriate for other colleagues as agreed with staff and trustees

Applications for the post are invited from those who have the relevant skills, experience and passion by submission of a detailed CV and covering application letter to Helen Syrop (Hope Housing Project Manager) via email: contact@hopehousing.org.uk.  Please contact Helen Syrop if you require further information.

CVs should include: 

  • Name and contact details
  • Qualifications (level; date obtained; awarding body)
  • Full employment history
  • Name of two referees (including current or most recent employer) – please indicate if these can be contacted after shortlisting

Covering letter should include: 

  • Why you are applying for the post
  • How you meet the essential and, if appropriate, desirable criteria
  • Confirmation that, if shortlisted, you are available for the interview date
  • Confirmation of right to work in the UK

Hours: Full time, 37.5hrs

Contract: Temporary

Starting salary: £20495

Closing date for applications: Wednesday, 21 October 2020

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