Homelessness can significantly impact a young persons transition to adulthood. The need for youth-specific semi-independent housing, which adapts a trauma informed way of working, is integral to overcoming barriers to independence.

Hightown Young Peoples Services believe that every young person has the right to a safe home and the support needed to help them become independent / lead positive fulfilling lives.

We are looking for enthusiastic and caring individuals to join our young peoples supported housing service in Watford which provides supported accommodation to young people aged 16-24 .

This is an exciting opportunity to join an enthusiastic team who are determined to help young people reach their potential and move towards independent lives.

We are keen to recruit individuals who care about supporting vulnerable young people to achieve their aspirations and goals, as well as understanding, promoting and embracing our values:

  • Putting our residents and service users first
  • Treating people with respect, promoting independence and choice
  • Developing passionate and committed teams
  • Being cost effective without compromising standards or safety
  • If you share our values and our passion for supporting young people, we would love you to work for us.

    If youre someone who is able to recognise the wishes and needs of vulnerable young people, respond well in a crisis and work independently, we will give you all the training and support you need to do the role. We will help you develop your capabilities, provide you with exciting opportunities and work with you on your professional development throughout your role. Ideally candidates will have 1 years management experience and at least 2 years experience working within the care & supported housing field/with young people.

    About the role

    You will be:

  • Empowering the staff team to support vulnerable young people to lead independent and fulfilling lives with the support of a network of staff, social workers and other professionals.
  • Expected to use a positive approach to support the young people to develop independent living skills such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting and building their confidence so they can move on positively.
  • Empowering the staff team to enable the young people to access meaningful activity such as education, employment, training opportunities and volunteering.
  • Liaise with various external agencies jointly to ensure that the young person has a smooth journey
  • Line managing a staff team of Support Workers, Assistant Support Workers and Night Supervisors.
  • Managing rotas which will including organising annual leave and sickness cover
  • Supporting young people can often be challenging but incredibly rewarding. Patience, compassion, resilience and creativity will be crucial in this role where you can make a difference to a vulnerable young persons life.

    The benefits

    In return for your hard work and commitment, we offer a benefits package which includes:

  • Generous annual leave allowance of 33 days per year, including statutory bank holidays, rising to 35 days with service
  • Regular support from your line manager and colleagues
  • Annual bonus based on satisfactory performance
  • Monthly attendance bonus on top of your basic salary
  • Annual salary and cost of living review
  • Commitment to health and wellbeing with the Five Ways to Wellbeing
  • Ongoing professional development and support to deliver outstanding support
  • Workplace pension scheme and life assurance of three times your annual salary
  • Refer-a-friend scheme: Earn a £130 bonus for each friend you refer to work for us
  • Friendly and supportive team environment
  • Employee assistance helpline
  • Mileage paid for car usage
  • About us:

    Hightown provides supported housing to people with a wide range of needs across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

    Our Watford Young People`s Housing service provides supported housing to a variety of young people who have had very different experiences. This includes those who are homeless, those leaving care, those who are estranged from family and also young people who have difficulties sustaining education, training or employment.

    We enable people to be more independent through support and housing that suits their needs and is accessible.

    Closing Date: 23rd March 2023

    Interview Date: w/c 27th March & 3rd April