Do you want to help us make positive change for people experiencing homelessness in Dorset? Do you have personal experience of homelessness and/or other related issues such as substance misuse and mental ill-health and want to use your experiences to make a difference? Come and join us at Shelter Dorset as a Trainee on our GROW programme (Getting Real Opportunities of Work). You will receive personalised training and support throughout the programme, as well as support to plan your career after your traineeship ends.
About the role
We are looking for someone who can help us find out how services really work for people who are experiencing homelessness in all its forms. You will be based with the Shelter team in Weymouth, and will have the opportunity to work closely with a variety of other organisations to build an understanding of what it’s like to experience local services, and what works and what doesn’t.
After an initial induction period shadowing your colleagues in Shelter, you will be trained and supported to work with us to carry out a piece of peer research into women’s experiences of street homelessness and accessing accommodation. involved with a peer research project. You will speak to a variety of people about their accommodation needs. This role is all about supporting Shelter Dorset in improving how services are delivered, how people access them and identifying gaps in people getting the support they need.
You will be given training, support, and supervision, and will have access to a flexible personal budget to help in your own personal and professional development. Previous trainees have used the personal budget for things like courses/qualifications, driving lessons, counselling and more. We are happy to talk about flexible working, personal growth, and to promote a workplace where you can be yourself and achieve success based only on your merit.
See what previous Grow trainees thought of their time with Shelter here:
We are looking for people who are passionate about the opportunity to use their own life experiences to help make positive change for others. You’ll also need to be resilient, comfortable in a variety of settings, and able to remain calm in challenging situations where people might be upset or frustrated. Good communication skills and the ability to make people feel heard will also be essential.
We are looking for someone who is passionate about the opportunity to use their own life experiences to make positive change to others. You will be a good communicator and listener and have the ability to make people feel heard. This role would suit someone with an interest in carrying out research and hearing about other people’s experiences as a way to make things better for people experiencing homelessness in the local area. Basic computer skills, e.g. word processing, the internet and email would be useful, but support can be provided. Above all, we need people with a real desire to develop personally and learn new skills, with the ability to ask for support when needed.
Because this is a gender informed peer research project to be delivered by female only staff, we are only considering applications from women for this role. The Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1, Paragraph 1 applies to this post
We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, payroll giving, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.
A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change, with individuals, in communities, across society, and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.
At Shelter we are united by our purpose to defend the right to a safe home. Our enemy is the social injustice at the core of the escalating housing emergency. We believe that to win that fight, we must be representative of the people we are here to help and those who support our movement for change. In all our people decisions, we take pride in being inclusive, fair, equitable and transparent.
We have committed to combat racism both within and outside Shelter and welcome you on our journey to becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.
How to apply
To apply you need to submit a copy of your CV and a completed application form via our website, this can be submitted either by email (Mehnaz_Ahmed@shelter.org.uk) or you can submit a paper copy to the Shelter (The Lantern Trust), 2 Ranelagh Road, Weymouth, DT4 7JD
If you need support to create a CV please contact Mehnaz on 0130 222 0749 or send her an email at Mehnaz_Ahmed@shelter.org.uk
We will be holding support sessions to give people practical support and advice on how to create a CV/complete an application form to apply for the role, or to pick up a paper application. These sessions will also give you the chance to find out more about the role as well as other opportunities at Shelter Dorset. We encourage anyone thinking of applying to come along to a session. Please contact us beforehand to book a slot. The sessions will take place on the following dates:
• Tuesday 19th October: Zoom – please contact us in advance if you are coming and we will send out the zoom link
• Wednesday 27th October: Shelter (The Lantern Trust), 2 Ranelagh Road, Weymouth, DT4 7JD
When applying, we appreciate it may feel unusual to be talking about your lived experience to a prospective employer. Please be assured that we ask for this only to assess your suitability for a role that’s designed to help people to use their experiences to develop a career.
Safeguarding is everyone's business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.
Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.
Closing date: 7th November 2021 at 11.30pm