Novas: Project Worker / Counsellor (Community Detox Service)

Novas & Mid Western Regional Drugs Task Force

Novas is a voluntary organisation and Approved Housing Body working with families, children and single adults who are disadvantaged and socially excluded; primarily those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. We provide a range of housing, health and recovery services and accommodation for marginalised households throughout Ireland primarily using a trauma informed approach (all staff are trauma informed and trained) and a harm reduction model of support. We also provide bespoke community based supported living services for persons that find themselves homeless with complex support requirements on both the Intellectual Disability and Mental Health spectrums.

The Community Detox Pilot was set up in March 2012, in response to the growing number of people in the Mid-West who were looking for a Detox Service that allowed them to detoxify safely from the drug they were using in their own home, with the support of their GP and a Keyworker in the community. Due to the overwhelming success of the pilot, the Mid Western Regional Drugs Task Force has decided to continue to fund the service going forward.

Novas are currently seeking applications from energetic and enthusiastic individuals to join our team as Project Worker / Counsellor at our Community Detox Service located in Limerick. The successful candidates will be afforded necessary training and development in line with the role. Candidates must be highly motivated, creative and experienced with a passion for engaging with clients who are homeless/at risk of homelessness.

Position: Project Worker Community Detox Service / Counsellor Limerick 30 hours per week (20 hours as a Project Worker; 10 hours as a Counsellor)

Where: Limerick

Contract: Permanent (subject to funding)

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Third level qualification-minimum Level 8 preferably in social care or equivalent counselling qualification.
  • Demonstrate the ability to treat the client group in a non- judgmental way from a trauma informed perspective, which under pins Novas service delivery.
  • Understanding of a low threshold service and harm reduction model of working
  • Must have an understanding of stages of grief and be competent in supporting clients in same.
  • Have a knowledge of Dual Diagnosis/ Co-occurring issues.
  • Have a knowledge of homelessness and issues affecting same
  • Have a knowledge of child protection and self-guarding vulnerable adults’ policies.
  • Experience of supporting the delivery of community benzodiazepine/ methadone/ poly drug use detoxification.
  • Demonstrate the ability to treat the client group in a non- judgmental way from a trauma informed perspective, which under pins Novas service delivery.
  • Must hold clear driving license and be willing to be an essential car user.

Please see attached Job Description and Peron Specification for more information

Closing Date for receipt of completed application forms is Friday 3rd April 2020 at midday. Interviews to take place on Tuesday 7th of April in Novas 87 O’Connell Street, Limerick. Skype interviews can be arranged.

For further information please visit . Please complete the application form and return it to (please note the application form must be typed format)

Novas is committed to ensuring that children, young people and vulnerable adults are kept safe from harm. As a consequence, Garda Vetting will be carried out for all Novas staff. Garda Vetting is part of the Novas recruitment and selection process and a pre-employment requirement.

Benefits: Novas full time staff receive 26 days annual leave, employer pension contribution after successful probation period, flexible work arrangements, access to supports such as Support and Supervision, external supervision if required and Psychological First Aid. Staff receive a wide variety of on-the-job training, with core training including First Aid, Trauma Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, MAPA (Management of Actual and Potential Aggression), Overdose Response and Naloxone Administration. They gain a wide range of experience on the front-line- this can act as a springboard for other career opportunities within Novas.

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
13th Mar, 2020
Expiry Date
3rd Apr, 2020