Substance Misuse Recovery Worker

Portsmouth, Hampshire

Job Title: Substance Misuse Recovery Worker

Contract: 19 hours, 12 month fixed term

Project, Location: Portsmouth Recovery Hub

Salary: £19,179 – £21,760 (pro rata)

About us

The Society of St James (SSJ) delivers high impact, person-centred, accommodation services across Hampshire to people experiencing homelessness, substance misuse and mental health problems. The people we support are at the heart of everything we do. Our main aim and priority is to find people to work with us who share values, behaviours and attitudes to match our own.

Service description

The SSJ Recovery Hub offers a wide range of interventions including one to ones, therapeutic group work, needle exchange and prescribing interventions to people recovering from problems with drugs and alcohol who are living in Portsmouth.

Main responsibilities

The successful candidate will have experience of working with this client group, knowledge of the impact of substance misuse on individuals, families and the wider community and be able to manage a client caseload safely and effectively. You will work in a person-centred approach to support individuals who want to make changes to their lives by supporting them to access interventions that are important to them. Good risk management skills are essential, as well as a strong ability to build meaningful relationships with our service users. This will enable SSJ to deliver our purpose to create engaging opportunities for growth and development for employees and our service user’s alike.

The role will be based at The Recovery Hub in Southsea but the work will also involve visiting clients in other services or in their own homes. This will be on a needs basis, as appropriate, and you will work within a flexible 37 hour working week. Some out of hours work may be necessary in order respond to an individual’s presenting needs.

Essential Qualities

Applicants will need to be self-reflective, motivated and able to work independently (sometimes lone working) and as part of a team. A good background of working with people with substance misuse issues would be desirable; however, transferable skills from working with other disadvantaged groups/individuals will be considered. Prior to interview, we would expect candidates to be aware of the issues that this client group presents with and have a good knowledge of interventions, resources and agencies that are available.

Our ideal candidate will be Innovative and tenacious and able to engage meaningfully with service users. Have a good background of assessing people’s needs and risks, reflective thinking, keeping accurate records and direct experience of working effectively with other agencies to advocate and support the client’s needs.

To Apply:

Please send us a covering letter explaining how you think you meet the “Essential Qualities” above and why you should be considered for this role, along with your CV.

Closing Date: 26th March 2019 – 5pm.

Interview Date: 4th April 2019.

Successful candidates will be invited to interview at The Recovery Hub, Elm Grove, Southsea.

If you have any questions about this role please contact Darren Carter or Sabrina Davis at The Recovery Hub on 023 9229 4573.

If you have not been contacted within 10 days of the closing date then please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

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