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Project Worker, Dublin South City REF: PWSCR20 (Full Time)
Title: Project Worker (a number of roles)
Project: Dublin South City Healthcare Project
Reporting to: Project Leader
Contract: 1 year Full Time Fixed Term Contract (due to finish in June 2021)
Primary Purpose: The Project has been designed to meet the needs of homeless people who have been identified as vulnerable to Covid-19 and in response of the same. Residents have a variety of concerns including a range of medical needs and addiction issues. Staff work with several agencies with a multi-D approach and in response to these needs.
- Work within the framework of the overall objectives of Focus Ireland.
- To work within the overall policies and procedures of Focus Ireland, inclusive of Health and Safety Policy and ensure their implementation.
- To work to the Focus Ireland model and standards of best practice.
- To provide support and guidance to create a caring and therapeutic environment for the residents.
- To work a 7-day week rota covering days, evenings and live night shifts, including weekends.
- To provide a safe, welcoming environment for residents by ensuring the safety of them and the premises by maintaining a safe environment and facilitating conditions which reduce or remove incidents and/or harmful behaviours of the residents.
- To implement the Procedures of SCR Healthcare Project model of care for residents and to identify gaps and arrange support for them.
- To liaise with relevant internal and external agencies in relation to their medical needs and overall care plan. This includes but not restricted to Safety Net and Homeless Healthlink.
- To facilitate initial assessments in relation to medical and housing needs promoting access for residents to secure housing, drug treatment, health, court support and social welfare services.
- To refer young people to external agencies which can more appropriately assist them with the personal, social, educational, employment, legal and accommodation needs.
- To maintain accurate, up to date handovers, PASS entries and other records as required.
- To assist in the daily cleaning of the service to ensure a welcoming environment.
- To attend weekly team meetings.
- To actively engage with Focus Irelands model of Supervision and Reflective practice.
- To provide support towards the monthly written report on the work and service provided.
- To attend the annual service reviews and assist in the evaluation of the SCR Healthcare Project.
- To work within a multi-disciplinary team approach with clients.
- To participate in core and relevant training and development courses as agreed with your Project Leader.
- To undertake such other duties as might be reasonably assigned from time to time in consultation with the Project Leader.
- To identify and report Health, Safety and Welfare risks in the workplace and bring any concerns to the attention of your line manager or Health & Safety Representative.
- To provide advice and practical support across a range of issues including housing, health, safety, addictions and Social Welfare.
- A Third level Degree in Social Care.
- Proven direct work experience in a social care setting at a project worker level or equivalent.
- Experience of supporting marginalized clients/groups.
- A working knowledge and insight into the social issues (e.g. substance abuse) that affect those who have or are experiencing homelessness.
- Ability to manage and support residents in crisis who present with challenging behaviours based on the values and principles of best practice in Focus Ireland.
Skills and Competencies:
- Good report writing and IT skills.
- Ability to work well in a team environment.
- Reliability and flexibility.
- A working knowledge and understanding of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention model.
Focus Ireland Mission:
We are driven by the fundamental belief that homelessness is wrong. Wrong because it is a failure of society that creates victims out of ordinary people and robs them of their potential. Wrong because it can be prevented, it can be solved but is allowed to continue and in doing so, undermines society.
Focus Ireland currently employs 435 people in various capacities that include permanent, fixed term, full time, part time, and relief.
We aim to create continuous improvement and add value through partnership, integration, accessibility and empowerment of all employees.
What we offer
Top up Maternity Benefit up to 22 weeks
Top up Paternity leave up to 8 days
Education Policy - provision of financial support for upskilling/qualifications
Cycle to Work scheme
Annual Leave – 25 days
Concession days – 3 days – Good Friday plus 2 days at Christmas
Defined Contribution – 5% employee contribution and 7% employer contribution
EAP – Employee assistance programme –staff counselling
Death in Service benefit – 3 times salary
Sick Pay Policy