Edinburgh (remote initially, flexible home working will be considered, some office time and in person outreach will be required)
Closing date: 28th November 2021 at 11.30pm
Interview date: 8th or 10th December 2021
Do you have experience of working with people in an advice or support capacity? Then join Shelter Scotland as a Development Worker and you could soon be playing a key role within a vital initiative aimed at tackling homelessness and housing issues in Edinburgh.
About Shelter Scotland
A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet over a million people in Scotland struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change, with individuals, in communities, across society, and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.
At Shelter Scotland we are united by our purpose to defend the right to a safe home. Our enemy is the social injustice at the core of the escalating housing emergency. We believe that to win that fight, we must be representative of the people we are here to help and those who support our movement for change. In all our people decisions, we take pride in being inclusive, fair, equitable and transparent.
We have committed to combat racism both within and outside Shelter Scotland and welcome you on our journey to becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.
About the team
Shelter Scotland operates four Community Hubs in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen, each offering a range of advice and support services linked to our campaigning, volunteering and fundraising activities. One of those services is Time for Change - our core methodology for the involvement of people with lived experience in our work that has now been embedded across each community hub. Its focus is on identifying issues facing homeless people in their locale and, through involvement and wider consultation, co-producing the design and delivery of a local response to tackle those issues. This is your opportunity to be part of its future.
About the role
As well as supporting the development and delivery of Time for Change in Edinburgh, we’ll rely on you to support the wider work of the project, including outreach, rights awareness and consultation. You’ll also need to build relationships with individuals with lived experience, help grow a group of peers and provide continuous support and encouragement. Consulting with individuals and key stakeholders across the city to determine ‘what better looks like’ will be important too. And, when it comes to developing relationships with relevant external agencies, again, we’ll count on you. Helping to design and develop plans and processes to manage the initiative and sharing knowledge and information throughout the project are all part and parcel of this interesting and challenging role.
The success of the project is dependent on assertive outreach, so you’ll need to be a confident individual with great communication skills, who can self-manage and self-motivate. The ability to work with a variety of stakeholders and deal effectively with change is also essential, as is a proactive, client-focused and collaborative approach, great relationship building skills and respect for others’ opinions. Housing and homelessness work experience isn’t essential, but you’ll need to bring a passion for Shelter Scotland’s issues and be willing to learn and gain experience to provide advice on all areas of housing, homelessness, money and debt and welfare benefits.
We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.
Shelter Scotland helps over half a million people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help.
To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter Scotland please visit our website. Apply to be part of our team and be the change you want to see in society.
Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.
Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.