Support Assistant

Job Description

Join our Mental Health team as a Support Assistant.

At One Housing, we don’t only believe that everyone deserves a safe, secure, affordable home. We also believe that everyone deserves to realise their full potential and lead a fulfilling life.
Our Mental Health team is vital to helping us deliver on this vision. We work to transform the life experience of people with mental health support needs. The support we provide is delivered in a range of settings (like supported housing, assessment centres and outreach) and our customers’ support needs can include psychosis, forensic and personality disorders.

We have spent the last 10 years designing our services to be fully psychologically informed. Most of our services have specialist therapeutic input and colleagues have access to specialised mental health training delivered by MH professionals. All our services provide regular reflective practice spaces to our colleagues to formulate complex cases and find constructive ways forward. All these measures make us the ideal partner for NHS trusts across London with whom we deliver several integrated services.

We believe in providing care and support to our clients that will enable them to make informed decisions about their life that will increase their sense of wellbeing: this might be greater independence, better coping strategies or a richer network and sense of self achievement.

We offer you the chance to develop your own skills through regular line management supervision, reflective practice, access to a ten-day course on relevant mental health topics and working together with your specialist colleagues.
We’re an organisation with strong values. We keep our promises; we do a great job; we value diversity; we work together; and we look for ways to improve. These are what make us such a great team, working together as one to achieve our vision.

The role

We have a fantastic opportunity for someone to join us in the position of Support Assistant. Your responsibilities will include:
• Engaging with customers daily to build their trust and encourage them to take part in various activities within the service and wider community.
• Working with customers to raise their awareness of local services and facilities to ensure they have access to training, education and work.
• Carry out support planning and risk assessments for high need customers with the support of a Support Officer.
• Working with the Specialist Support Officer to arrange and facilitate group sessions or activities.
• Collaborating with relevant community agencies to ensure customers receive appropriate advice and support.

What you will need to succeed

We are looking for someone who believes in working together as part of a team, who shares our values and who is friendly, engaged and committed to achieving great outcomes for our customers. The successful candidate will:
• Previous experience of working with Mental Health (complex needs)
• Possessing a genuine passion of making a real difference in people’s lives
• Experience and knowledge of safeguarding legislation including ability to recognize safeguarding issues.
• Knowledge of the Housing Sector and One Housing Group’s activities

The offer

Our Life@One benefits offer you an array of perks designed with your wellbeing in mind.

  • Salary: £21157.50 per annum
  • Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours per week
  • Your holidays are important to us. Take up to 28 days annual leave plus bank
  • Lean travel. Spread the cost of your commute with a season ticket loans and our Cycle2Work scheme, open to all colleagues
  • Looking forward to your big bucket list trip? You can buy or sell up to five days annual leave each [not for statutory employees]
  • Get paid to do good. We offer you two days off on full pay each year to volunteer in our
  • Look after your loved ones. Our healthcare cash back plan allows you to claim back cash for you and your family’s healthcare.
  • Well done! With our colleague recognition programme you will know when you’ve done a #greatjob
  • Learning never One Academy, our innovative, in-house learning and development offering is designed to help you take your career to the next level.
  • We’re here for you. Our employee assistance programme offers counselling and support for you and your family 24/7.
  • Stay book-smart. Take up to five paid days off per year to study toward a relevant qualification.
  • Experience new things. We offer you a career break after 3 years’ continuous service.

About us

As an organisation with a strong social purpose, One Housing works in some of the most diverse communities in the UK and their workforce reflects that. We understand the strength we gain from having and supporting our diverse teams. The different skills and experiences that our colleagues from different backgrounds bring to us allow us to make better decisions, consider different views and be an altogether more interesting and cohesive place to work.
We welcome applications from everyone.

Apply today for a fulfilling career in our Mental Health team.

 Closing date: 27 October, 2021