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Gender Specific Specialist Project Worker

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Gender Specific Specialist Project Worker

Salary: Grade: 17-22

Hours: Full Time (37.5 Hours / Variable Shifts covering days and weekends)

Contract Type: Permanent

Location: Gender Specific Women’s Project, Southend-On-Sea.

Work pattern: Hours completed in accordance with rota to include weekdays, and weekends


Do you believe everyone should have a place to call home and the chance to lead a fulfilling life?

HARP is a growing Southend-on-Sea based charity working to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people to transform their lives. Each day our staff and volunteers work with individuals to tackle the underlying causes of homelessness, such as poor mental health or drug and alcohol dependency. From supporting people in crisis to helping them take the final steps towards independence and employment, we make a difference to over 1,000 lives every year.

As a charitable registered provider of short-term social housing operating in Southend-on-Sea, we believe everyone should have a home of their own. At times individuals may require support from HARP and other agencies to maintain a tenancy and avoid a return to homelessness.

Are you a motivated and passionate individual looking to make a real difference in your local community? Do you have a clean driver license and want to put this to good use helping others less fortunate? If so, we would love you to join our brand-new team and project at the Gender Specific Women’s Project as a Specialist Project Worker.

We are looking to recruit a dynamic and innovative worker to join a new team for our exciting new project. The role will be working within a team of 5 who will be dedicated to delivering an intensive high quality individualised support service for women experiencing multiple disadvantages and complex needs. Working with a gender specific and trauma informed approach to ensure client needs and aspirations are at the centre of the support planning process and that all aspects of the service are delivered within a psychologically informed environment. The project will aim to offer a variety of support and work in partnership with other local organisations and providers to achieve this.

Main responsibilities include:

• Create a community of support and empowerment between the women and a focus on building individualised and highly personalised skills and resources to strengthen self-esteem and confidence.

• Provide guidance and support to other project workers, serving as a mentor and resource for best practices

• Ensure that incidents/safeguarding are reported within timescales, ensuring follow up plans are implemented.

• Be part of the delivery of a tailored, and co-produced range of activities and on-site specialist services, working with a gender informed approach.

• Ensure women's needs and aspirations are at the centre of the support planning process and that all aspects of the support are delivered within a psychologically informed environment.

• Provide intensive housing management to residents living in our supported accommodation.

• Ensure all on your caseload have a robust safety and risk management plan which is continually reviewed.

• Ensure that the information on the HARP In-Form database is accurate and fully updated and in line with Data Protection requirements.

• Advise, support and assist women in their entitlement to welfare, housing, benefit and legal rights.

• Provide advocacy for the women to ensure they receive wrap round support both internally and externally.

• To work within the Team Around Me Model for multi-agency meetings, taking a lead when required

Closing Date: Tuesday 23rd April 2024 (Midday)
Shortlisting: Tuesday 23rd April 2024 PM
Interview Day: TBC

HARP will provide you with support and training to carry out your role effectively, and to develop your career. Our benefits package includes 25 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays with an extra day of leave awarded after 5 years' service (all pro rata for part time employees).

HARP participate in an auto-enrolment pension scheme through The People’s Pension. Where eligible, you and HARP will each be required to make a contribution to the pension scheme. Employees will also become members of the non-contributory HARP Death In Service scheme. Full details of the schemes can be given on request.

For full details and to apply, please download the job description/person specification above and submit your CV to For further information about the position or for informal enquiries please contact Adele Morton on 07889570024.

Charity No: 1098126 HARP is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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