Project Worker – East Midlands Region
Rank 5 - £22,730
24-month fixed-term contract – 37.5 hours per week over 5 days
CISWO is a national charity providing advice, support and assistance to mineworkers, former mineworkers and their dependents, as well as working with others to address social need in the wider coalfield community.
We are currently working with the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme to offer targeted services to every older ex-mineworker living in the former Nottinghamshire and surrounding coalfields, many of whom will be facing long-term health issues related to their employment. In order to deliver this exciting project, the Organisation is looking to appoint a Project Worker based at our Mansfield Office.
Successful applicants will need to have an empathic and caring approach, excellent organisational skills and a resilient approach to the challenges of the work. Relevant social care/social work experience in either the statutory or voluntary sector (preferably with older people) is essential, as is a good working knowledge of the welfare benefits system. An Enhanced DBS check will be required.
Due to the nature of the work, a full UK driving licence and access to own transport is essential.
For an application form and person specification download below or contact 01709 728115 quoting reference no 001/2016.
Closing date Friday, 2 September 2016
Interviews to take place Tuesday, 13 September 2016
Application Form 001-2016 (work with vulnerable) - Person Specification Mansfield
JOB DESCRIPTION: PROJECT WORKER
PART 1: JOB PROFILE
1 MAIN PURPOSE
A shared responsibility for the provision of high quality, community based, advice and support services to those in medical, financial and emotional need in former coalfield areas. These collaborative services are to be delivered on an individual, group-work, or community project basis, reflecting a person centred value base.
2 POSITION IN THE ORGANISATION Directly accountable to, and line managed by the Senior Social Worker. Co-operative working with all staff.
3 SCOPE OF JOB Service user assessments. Planning and implementation of shared effective social work interventions. Preparation of reports and administrative support work. Project/group work involvement within partnership framework. Shared strategic and Organisational responsibilities for project/group work initiatives.
4 DIMENSIONS AND LIMITS OF AUTHORITY
No authority to commit expenditure and no supervisory responsibility.
5 QUALIFICATIONS General education to ‘A’ Level standards desirable. Maths and English GCSE is essential. A full current driving licence and access to own transport. A working knowledge of Microsoft Windows and associated packages.
6 EXPERIENCE Relevant experience of social care/social work in a residential or fieldwork setting Relevant experience of benefits advice /financial support work in either the statutory of voluntary sector.
PART 2: DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
SERVICE USER ASSESSMENTS To carry out high quality assessments of service users’/carers’ needs in accordance with CISWO policies and procedures. To gather, analyse and record information in relation to service user assessment. To facilitate the assessment process by using a range of available resources, to ensure appropriate support is delivered.
PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTING OF SHARED, EFFECTIVE SOCIAL WORK INTERVENTIONS. To liaise with a variety of agencies to establish a range of networks of help, in order to address need. Where appropriate, to provide advice and advocacy services on behalf of service users. To utilise basic counselling skills and an appropriate professional supportive response to individual distress. To have a good working knowledge of welfare benefits, and associated legislation, to assist in income maximisation work with individuals. To ensure that referrals are actioned in accordance with CISWO policies and that priorities are effectively met for assessment and intervention. To ensure that computerised records are accurate to enable analysis.
PREPARATION OF REPORTS AND OTHER SUPPORTING ADMINISTRATIVE WORK. To provide accurate written information and comprehensive reports, for internal and external communication in line with Data Protection guidelines. To utilise the Social Work database in order to support the social work service. To keep records up to date.
PROJECT/GROUPWORK INVOLVEMENT WITHIN PARTNERSHIP FRAMEWORK. To promote a positive approach towards CISWO, to service users and other professional agencies/ partner organisations in facilitating shared working initiatives. Working in partnership with other agencies, seeking to develop community provision for particular service user groups through group and project work in order to address unmet needs in coalfield communities.
TEAM WORKING To function in an efficient and flexible manner through effective team working, which involves offering support, co-operation and feedback to colleagues, in order to ensure that all the social work processes and services conducted from the Regional Office are performed on a co-ordinated basis and delivered to a high standard. To attend and participate in staff meetings.
DEVELOPMENT To take responsibility for learning and professional development, utilising the supervision policy, within a framework of changing organisational needs and requirements. To participate in local and national training and development opportunities, in co-operation with colleagues. To initiate and participate in changing work practices, as agreed, to ensure effective co-ordination of services and communications.