Greyfriars House is a homeless hostel which provides temporary accommodation for adults, both male and female. This is a valuable service for individuals with no access to accommodation or permanent address. As an Accommodation Assistant, you will work as part of a team to promote the safety, security and general welfare of residents and the building.
You will be required to work shifts on a rota basis which consists of early shifts, backs shifts and night shifts. This includes weekend work and lone working. As a result, you will be paid a generous shift allowance.
You will carry out a range of duties which will include:
No two days are ever the same. The role provides lots of variety, some challenges and many rewards. Greyfriars can be a fast-paced environment with lots happening at the same time. You will build relationships with the residents providing them with advice and assistance with the aim of helping them to move on from Greyfriars and take the next step in being able to manage in their own tenancy and ultimately, play a role in helping them to improve their quality of life.
The operation of the CCTV cameras is a vital part of the role, to enable you to operate this effectively along with all other relevant systems and equipment, you are required to have good IT skills. Accuracy, attention to detail and a factual approach are all essential.
You will be able to communicate effectively with clients and service users to build relationships along with internal and external agencies to ensure the provision of a high-quality service.
You will have experience in dealing with or working in at least one of the following areas:
You will have a non-judgemental approach, be caring and sensitive to residents’ individual circumstances. At times, you will need to take a firm but fair approach when dealing with more challenging behaviours or situations. Through the course of your role, you must ensure that you maintain confidentiality of all Council information.
To ensure the smooth running of the hostel, you will be a highly organised individual and have the ability to prioritise your workload. As it is a fast-paced working environment, there will be times when you will need to carry out a number of tasks in quick succession and you will need to make decisions on the spot often in emergencies. You will need to have high levels of personal resilience to cope with the demands of the role.
As your safety and wellbeing and that of the residents together with the safety, standard of maintenance and cleanliness of the building is paramount, you should have a good awareness of different types of Health and Safety Legislation.
In addition, you should keep up to date with relevant Housing and Homeless legislation as well as the Hostel’s processes and procedures to ensure the high standards are maintained.
You should also have a good understanding of Scottish Social Service Council’s Codes of Practice. There will be a thorough induction training programme and ongoing training and development opportunities which include both internal and external training.
Whilst not essential, it would be beneficial to have an SVQ2 in Health and Social Care/Social Services and Health Care (or equivalent in a relevant discipline) or a willingness to work towards it.
If you would like any more information regarding this vacancy, please contact Lesley Grey, Senior Accommodation Assistant on 01738 783443.
When completing your application for this post, please ensure you provide contact details (including e-mail addresses) for two referees. One should be your current or most recent employer.
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