This is a new role which will sit within our Housing Options Team. It is a busy, thriving team which is constantly working towards creating a community free of homelessness.
We provide advice, information and assistance with all housing issues within the Borough. This role will focus on rough sleeping with the aim of reducing and ultimately preventing, rough sleeping within Woking Borough in line with the Government’s intention to end rough sleeping by the end of this parliament.
You will co-ordinate and liaise closely with a number of key partners, stakeholders and services working with people who are sleeping rough, or are at risk of becoming homeless and sleeping rough, or with a previous history of rough sleeping.
You will provide a main point of contact for all matters relating to rough sleeping in the borough and work with the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and other organisations to improve the co-ordination, delivery, effectiveness and impact of rough sleeping services; and provide a strategic overview of rough sleeping in the borough.
We are looking for someone who can inspire innovation and come up with an inclusive, solution-focused, multi-agency approach that ensures positive and proactive engagement with people who are sleeping rough, or are at risk of becoming homeless and sleeping rough, or with a previous history of rough sleeping in order to improve their life chances, encourage and support their independence, and achieve positive housing outcomes.
You will have housing related training and knowledge of homelessness legislation and case law, with a special interest in current issues and best practice relating to single homelessness and rough sleeping. An ability to interpret and communicate complex information is essential as is being an adaptable, sympathetic and organised individual. A full driver’s licence is required.
As this job involves contact with vulnerable groups, successful applicants will be required to obtain a Disclosure Certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Assistance will be given by the Council and further details will be in the job application pack.
Woking Borough Council takes a robust approach to thoroughly checking anyone who has applied to work with vulnerable groups.
The Council offers in return a generous flexi time scheme with the ability to take two flexi days a month, membership of the local government pension scheme, discounted health and leisure membership, plus many more excellent benefits.
The ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for this post. An assessment may be required. If you have any queries or would like to discuss this further, please contact the Human Resources team.
For an informal discussion about the posts, please contact Catherine Butler (Housing Solutions Manager) on 01483 743618.
Closing Date: Friday 27 March 2020
Interviews will take place on Wednesday 8 April 2020.