Depaul: Support Worker - Longford Services


Depaul believes that everyone should have a place to call home and a stake in their community. Our aim is to work with those who are socially excluded and marginalised by providing a quality led service in order to produce the best possible outcomes for those accessing our services. We strive to empower our service users to make choices and decisions about the way they live their lives. We work in partnership with central and local government, housing associations and other non-governmental organisations.

Depaul is an equal opportunities employer, we offer a standard 35 hour working week, generous leave entitlements and a pension scheme. We support all staff with regular supervision and core training.

Depaul wishes to recruit to the following role:

Support Worker
Longford Services

Full time – 37.5 hours per week – 24/7 rota
Salary €30,801 per annum

1. Role

This role offers a fantastic opportunity to be a member of a multi-disciplined team using holistic approaches to support Depaul service users. Working to a house-led, low threshold, harm reduction approach, where residents receive a high degree of care, support and dignity. Depaul has a commitment to service user participation and to empowering residents to manage their own lives. This role works across a 7-day week rota, and commences with increased annual leave days and other added benefits.

2. Key Areas of Responsibility

  • In conjunction with residents and rest of the team to ensure that the service is kept to a good standard of tidiness, cleanliness and hygiene. Encouraging service users to take responsibility for maintaining their own environment, and supporting them with laundry and cleaning tasks where appropriate.
  • To encourage and support service users to develop skills, including cooking support to maintain responsibility for their daily living.
  • In conjunction with project team, to assist residents with personal monies, service charge payments, etc. where necessary.
  • Carry out project administration tasks such as upkeep of petty cash, project statistics, invoices, record keeping, Service User’s files, OTIS, IR and AR completion etc.
  • To ensure that Health and Safety standards are met within the project in accordance with Depaul’s Health and Safety policy and the projects Safety Statement.
  • To undertake assigned duties regarding the overall health and safety and security of the service and to use security systems put in place and managing risks relating to service
  • Supporting residents to develop and maintain independent living skills and support the Case Workers in the delivery of Life Skills programme
  • To actively work as part of an onsite multi-disciplinary team and helping service users to achieve their support plan goals.
  • Working in the best interests of the residents and report to team and partner agency when Case Workers are not available
  • To plan and facilitate social activities
  • To attend and participate in team meetings and staff team days
  • To participate in regular supervision and annual appraisal, and help in identifying your own job-related development and training needs
  • The above list is not exhaustive; additional areas of responsibility may be added over time and flexibility to cover for other staff roles is required from time to time.

The above list is not exhaustive; additional areas of responsibility may be added over time and flexibility to cover for other staff roles is required from time to time.

3. Person Requirements

  • 1 year’s paid experience working with service users in a social care setting such as addiction or homelessness
  • Have a strong understanding of why people become homelessness, the impact on the individual and the needs they can present with (e.g. mental/physical health, addiction, offending behaviours, etc)
  • Ability and willingness to work within the principles of Low Threshold and Harm Reduction
  • Ability to consistently use a Housing Led approach and implement the Housing First Ethos in all service user work
  • Experience of delivering life-skills interventions or activity planning desirable
  • Experience of lone working or off-site working an advantage
  • Working knowledge of risk assessment processes and systems (i.e. S/U Risk assessment, Lone Working, Activity Risk Assessments)
  • Be able to work as part of a team and appreciate the importance of high quality team communication
  • Have an understanding of Health and Safety and the health and safety requirements within a residential setting working with homeless people
  • Have a knowledge and understanding of the vision, mission and values of Depaul

Online Application Procedure:

For more information, please contact Human Resources:
Tel: 00 353 1 453 7111 or e-mail

Closing date for all applications: Wednesday 8th December 2021, at 9am

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
24th Nov, 2021
Co Longford
Expiry Date
8th Dec, 2021