Weekend Support Worker
Next Chapter Refuge locations covering North Essex (including Colchester, Tendring, Braintree, Chelmsford, Maldon & Uttlesford District)

About Us

Next Chapter are passionate about ensuring that every person has the opportunity to live their life free from domestic abuse and are seeking equally committed and passionate women to join our growing teams across the organisation, delivering a wide range of specialist support services to some of the most vulnerable individuals, children and young people in our area.

We work across North and Mid Essex providing free and confidential services to support people who are currently experiencing, or have previously experienced, domestic abuse.

Our vision is for life without domestic abuse and our mission is to provide rapid responses to domestic abuse that increases safety for all victims, enabling them to rebuild their lives and create lasting change. We believe in raising awareness through education, training and partnerships in our community.

We are currently looking for a Weekend Support Worker to join us on a part-time basis.

The Benefits

- Salary of £20,800 pro rata for hours worked
- On-call duty pay
- 25 days’ annual leave rising after two years’ service (pro rata)
- Employer’s contributory pension scheme
- A comprehensive learning and development programme

If you are looking for a role where you can make a difference and have experience of working with vulnerable individuals or experience working in a residential care setting, we want to hear from you.

The weekends can be particularly lonely for residents traumatised by domestic abuse, and in this role, you will play an important part in helping women to grow and move forward to live full independent lives.

The Role

As a Weekend Support Worker, you will provide emotional and practical support to the women in our Recovery Refuge during the weekend.

In this role, you will meet with the women and encourage them to engage with appropriate communal and social activities. Acting as a positive and reassuring presence in the house, you will support and maintain a safe and respectful therapeutic living environment.

Working as part of the Recovery Refuge integrated team, you will also provide handover with the Refuge Support Workers and Evening/Weekend Support Workers and discuss any concerns.

Additionally, you will:

- Accompany women to local shops or pharmacies within walking distance where necessary
- Welcome out of hours admissions, complete admission processes and provide tours of the refuge
- Take steps to ensure that the refuge is safe and secure in the evenings
- Ensure concise handover notes are provided to the next shift of support workers

This is a part-time role working Saturday and Sunday, from 8am to 4.30pm.

About You

To join us as a Weekend Support Worker, you will need:

- Experience of working with vulnerable individuals or experience working in a residential care setting
- An understanding of safeguarding procedures and the legal responsibilities surrounding these issues
- An understanding of the principles of risk assessment, safety planning and risk management for vulnerable individuals
- Knowledge of confidentiality protocols and boundaries and the ability to maintain confidentiality at all times
- The ability to work in a manner that empowers service users to make decisions and choices about their recovery
- The ability to make sound judgements in crisis and difficult situations
- Working IT knowledge and the ability to use Microsoft Office and organisational case management databases
- A good standard of general education
- To be willing to work flexibly and able to travel to different sites and venues

Experience of working in a community or voluntary organisation would be beneficial, as would experience of working with individuals with substance misuse issues. Experience of working in domestic abuse services would be advantageous to your application, as would an understanding of domestic abuse on victims and their children.

An understanding of current welfare rights legislation would be equally beneficial.

This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational qualification under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

This role is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service check at an enhanced level.

Next Chapter are committed to ensuring the safeguarding and well-being of children and adults at risk, and all applicants will be required to demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, best safeguarding practice.

Other organisations may call this role Caseworker, Support Worker, Domestic Violence Support Worker, Case Worker, Abuse Caseworker, or Protective Services Worker.

Next Chapter is committed to creating an inclusive environment which celebrates difference and allows our staff and service users to flourish.

So, if you’re seeking your next challenge as a Weekend Support Worker, please apply by sending your CV to [email protected]

Closing Date: 24th June