Trainee Project Support Worker

(Recovery/Substance/Alcohol Misuse) – POSITION NOW CLOSED

Location:Calderdale conn3ct
Hours:15.00 hours per week
Contract:Temporary Contract until March 2014
Salary:£8.oo ph.
Responsible to:conn3ct Manager
Main Role:1. The primary role is to develop and co-ordinate the capacity of substance users to contribute to their own welfare and recovery from substance related harms as part of an expanding programme of self help activities.

2. To work proactively and effectively with the conn3ct Manager, commissioners, providers and other stakeholders who contribute to Calderdale substance misuse treatment system, to ensure that substance users are getting the best possible outcomes.

3. To assist in developing the capacity of the self help organisation to become self sustaining.

4. To support and manage the members of the self help groups within The Project and the activities they are involved in.

Principal Duties:• Support and/or develop outreach services for people with substance misuse issues across the Calderdale area
• Further develop and manage a peer-support base, group activities and tiered up support groups to establish long-term opportunities for individuals to achieve and maintain their recovery
• Nurture approaches that enable individuals affected by substance use to develop and recognise their skills and gain access to the educational, social, creative and vocational opportunities available to the wider community
• Support and develop drop-in support to clients around their housing related needs
• Promote the service to potential clients, their families and other agencies
• Maintain accurate and up to date records of clients
• Flexibly engage people based on their level of receptivity and individual needs, acknowledging that even the same person may need different types of peer-based services at different points in their recovery process
Essential Criteria:• Experience of working with substance/alcohol misuse issues and a clear understanding of the need for and ability to deliver quality services
• Knowledge of the issues facing substance/alcohol misusers including appropriate medical interventions, social care and health issues
• Maintain professional boundaries and work effectively with partnership agencies
And the ability to:• Communicate confidently and effectively, verbally and in writing
• Respond flexibly to the demands of the post including some out of hours work
• Understand and have a commitment to the principles of equal opportunity and diversity
• Employ a professional, empathetic and non-judgmental attitude towards service users
• Ability to advocate on clients behalf as appropriate
• Ability to support clients in a range of area’s including housing, welfare benefits and accessing education, training and employment
• Show commitment to facilitating positive outcomes for service users

Desirable Criteria• Ability to assess and care plan service users and formulate written reports as necessary
• Demonstrate skills to undertake administrative duties
• Confidence to work on own initiative as well as part of the team
• Experience of developing and delivering therapeutic support programmes including 12-step model
• Knowledge of models of Recovery
• Knowledge of local services and geography
Specific DANOS standards:AA6 Promote choice, well being and the protection of all individuals
AA2 Relate to, and interact with individuals
AA3 Support individuals to access and use services and facilities
AA4 Promote the equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities of individuals
AB1 Support individuals who are distressed
AB2 Support individuals who are substance users
AB3 Contribute to the prevention and management of abusive and aggressive behaviour
AB4 Contribute to the protection of individuals from harm and abuse
AB5 Assess and act upon immediate risk of danger to substance users
AB8 Contribute to assessing and act upon risk of danger, harm and abuse
AC1 Reflect on and develop your practice
AC2 Make use of supervision
AC3 Contribute to the development of the knowledge and practice of others
AD1 Raise awareness about substances, their use and effects
AD4 Develop and disseminate information and advice about substance use, health and social well-being
AF1 Carry out screening and referral assessment
AF3 Carry out comprehensive substance misuse assessment
AG3 Assist in the transfer of individuals between agencies and services
AH4 Support individuals to undertake and monitor their own health care
AI2 Help individuals address their substance use through an action plan
AI3 Counsel groups of individuals about their substance use using recognised theoretical models
AJ1 Help individuals address their offending behaviour
AJ2 Enable individuals to change their offending behaviour
BA3 Contribute to the development of organisational policy and practice
BB1 Promote your organisation and its services to stakeholders
BD3 Support the health and safety of yourself and individuals
BE2 Receive, analyse, process, use and store information
BE4 Supply information for management control
BI5 Promote effective communication for and about individuals
BI1 Develop productive working relationships
BI6 Develop and sustain effective working relationships with staff in other agencies
BI7 Participate in inter-disciplinary team working to support individuals
Notes:This post is subject to a Criminal Records Bureau check at an enhanced level.

Amendments: This description accurately reflects the present position; it may be amended and reviewed. Any change will be made following a proper period of consultation.

17/06/2013

Closing Date

POSITION NOW CLOSED