Cork Simon Community: Outreach Project Worker (Cork)

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Cork Simon Community works in solidarity with men and women who are homeless in Cork, offering housing and support in their journey back to independent living. We promote a socially just society and campaign for a society without homelessness.

The Community works to a set of six core values: Community, Diversity, Social Justice, Voluntarism, Commitment to Care and Inclusion.

Cork Simon Community are currently recruiting the following post:

Outreach Project Worker (Permanent, 39 hours per week)

Role Objective:

The Outreach Project Worker will seek out and provide information, assistance, assessment, support and referral for people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, sleeping rough or in unstable accommodation and have issues with alcohol, drugs or substances. They will also act as a bridge to Cork Simon and other services.

Key tasks include:

  • Spend time on the streets, on Soup Run, in the Day Service/Rough Sleeper Service and in the Emergency Shelter as required to enable contact.
  • Visit people where they are staying / sleeping (within the policies and procedures of Cork Simon Outreach)
  • Build a relationship based on respect and trust by spending time with people, actively listening to people and challenging people positively
  • Refer people to Cork Simon Services/ Day Service/ Emergency Shelter and advocate on their behalf
  • Advocate for and support people in accessing accommodation, medical services, addiction services, rights and entitlements
  • Implement case management approach
  • Develop care plans with people in co-operation with the Day Service/ Emergency Shelter staff and other relevant medical and mental health services
  • Develop harm reduction programmes and supports for those who are not ready, willing or able to abstain from using alcohol/drugs/substances
  • Generate accurate statistics on people who are sleeping on the street, in squats and/or accessing outreach services
  • Maintain accurate and up to date records/ service user files to facilitate provision of care
  • Ensure the PASS/ Inform system is kept updated for those using the service
  • Ensure HRB forms are filled in for everyone using the service

The ideal candidate for this post will have:

  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in a care setting working with marginalized groups
  • Previous experience working with & empowering homeless women, men and young people
  • Previous experience working with people with addictions, mental health issues
  • A relevant third level degree
  • High level of communication and interpersonal skills
  • Assessment, care planning & key working/case management skills
  • Strong IT skills
  • Advocacy skills
  • A knowledge of addictions, drug, alcohol, substances, gambling and a range of responses including treatment models
  • The ability to motivate, facilitate and empower people

Application Forms and a Role Profile and Personal Specification are available in the link below, on our website or can be requested by e-mail or by telephone 021 4929408.

The closing date for receipt of completed Application Forms is 12 noon on Thursday, 22nd August 2019.
Interviews will take place on week commencing 26th August 2019.

Cork Simon Community is committed to equality of opportunity.

This post is funded by the ‘Cork Local Drug and Alcohol Task Force’.
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