Full-Time Senior Support Worker Women’s Shelter – Awhina House
A women’s homeless shelter in Tauranga is long overdue. The government’s launch of the Housing First model makes perfect sense, but whilst homeless women wait to be re-housed in the middle of a housing crisis, they are at risk.
Sleeping rough, living in severely over-crowded rooms, forced to split up families whilst they live in cars and tents, places traumatized and exhausted women in an unimaginable position.
Do you have a good understanding of homelessness and housing legislation? Do you have an awareness of mental health and/or addictions and proven experience of working with women who have survived abuse and family violence?
Do you feel passionate about the unique struggles homeless women face? Do you view a shelter as temporary, safe place where homeless women can rest in a safe and non-judgmental environment whilst accessing practical help to find long-term accommodation?
If you answer yes to the above, then this is your chance to play a crucial part in the launch of Tauranga’s first housing-focused, homeless women’s shelter.
About the Role
Reporting to the General Manager and working within a close-knit team comprising of a full-time, live-in house parent, a support worker, an overnight supervisor and rostered volunteers you will be responsible for developing individualized and culturally appropriate support plans for a small group of around twelve homeless women.
Your goal will be to gradually restore wellbeing and to re-house homeless women into independent accommodation. Using your wide-reaching networks, you will link your client with community support services, specialied services and employment.
Our clients will be single, homeless women. Their needs may be challenging and your non-judgmental attitude and ability to connect will enable you to build relationships and develop support plans.
Your overall aim will be to put clients’ needs first in helping them to reach their personalised goals, make informed decisions and achieve a greater level of stability and independence.
The goal will be to eventually transition your clients into their own home.
Experience of working with vulnerable people and/or people with multiple and complex needs is essential. You have lots of empathy and a genuine desire to help others, but above all you are a professional and able to safeguard yourself and your clients.
You are a connector and able to relate to all kinds of people. You are not one to be easily fazed and have the training and experience to remain calm and collected under pressure.
You fully understand the importance of accurate record keeping but you never lose sight of your clients and enjoy nothing more than working with them as they strive for permanent and stable accommodation.
What’s more, you enjoy working both independently and as part of a team. You are a confident and skilled advocator and are not afraid to share your ideas and knowledge with your team members.
Benefits include opportunities for learning and development and a “family comes first” working environment. You will benefit from monthly group supervision sessions and are entitled to external, clinical supervision once a month with a registered social worker of your choice.
An understanding of the Privacy Act, 1993
Ability to incorporate the principles of The Treaty of Waitangi into practice
Mental health and/ or addictions training in harm reduction desirable
Social Work, nursing, support worker or psychology background ideal
Proven experience of working with people in crisis/and or have experienced trauma
We are looking for a team player who is passionate about working with homeless women. No two days will ever be the same – we value flexibility, integrity, respect, compassion and responsibility.
Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.
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