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Public Sex Environments, Sauna and Venue Outreach Work Vacancy

Background:
The Renaissance outreach service (funded through Blackpool Council & Lancashire County Council) supports in situ sexual health advice, education and referrals in the public sex environments of Blackpool & Lancashire, targeting gay, bisexual, and men who have sex with men.

Opportunity-
Sexual Health outreach worker 8 hours per week at £10 per hour. The project will require weekend and late evening working and travelling to and from area’s whilst on shift (predominantly Blackpool for this post) – own transport is desirable, expenses provided.

Candidates will need the following criteria:-

  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Interest/knowledge in sexual health and HIV
  • Interest/experience of outreach working
  • Administration skills
  • Knowledge of issues facing gay, bisexual and MSM
  • Knowledge of local supporting Services

Please note: It is an Occupational Requirement of this role that the successful candidate is a man due to the need to access public sex environments

Please prepare a written response in no more than 4 pages of A4 (font size 11) by Friday the 25th January 2019 at 10am. Your response must clearly outline the reasons why you are applying for this post, details of any relevant experience gained either in a paid or voluntary capacity, and details of any relevant training/education and other interests relevant to this post. Please ensure you refer to the attached job description and person specification within your response.

Please email your expression of interest to Shelley Mullarkey – Matthews on smmatthews@druglinelancs.co.uk


Drug and alcohol assertive outreach worker

18.75 hours per week with potential to increase to full time.

Ref. REN/AOW19

Closing date for applications – 25/01/2019

The service currently delivering assertive outreach work across Blackpool, service funded by Blackpool council you will work as part of the Horizon outreach team to provide an inclusive and effective service to drug and alcohol using adults, in and out of treatment.

£ 25,472.00 per annum salary (pro rata) – 18.75 hours per week (flexible working requirements)

 Normal working hours will be Monday to Friday, however all workers are required to work some evenings and weekends to fit in with service delivery. There is a possibility this will become a full time position on 1st April 2019.

Fixed term contract until March 31st 2020 with the opportunity to extend the service if further funding applications are successful, the organisation recognises the need for continuation of this valuable service and has a commitment to secure further funding.

The function of Assertive Outreach worker will be to provide intensive, highly coordinated and flexible support and responses for service users with longer term complex needs and with whom services have found it difficult to engage. Most importantly where there are histories as entrenched substance use, affected by or living with HIV, homelessness, sex working, severe and enduring mental illness, physical illness, social chaos, high use of inpatient beds and multiple complex needs. To support the identification and engagement of potential HORIZON substance misuse and sexual health service users, undertaking triage assessments to identify, inform and prioritise the immediate and potential ongoing needs.

To utilise a range of evidence based harm reduction interventions, such as needle exchange facilities, dry blood spot testing for blood borne viruses and take home naloxone as well as general health coaching.

Do you have a relevant degree and or a comparable DANOS training qualification?  Do you have lived or work experience in working with complex adults? You will require excellent listening, communication, organisational, case working and administrative/IT skills. You will demonstrate an up to date knowledge and understanding of current drug and alcohol services in Blackpool and of substance use related issues. Ideally you will have experience of working with other groups of vulnerable adults. Experience and or knowledge of counselling skills would also be advantageous. You will be able to work in a flexible way and have confidence in individual and group settings.

Renaissance at Drugline – Lancashire Ltd has a commitment to safer recruitment through its safeguarding policy and personal staff development in line with Equal Opportunities.

For an application pack please contact Nicola Hayton on 01253 311431, nhayton@druglinelancs.co.uk

 

Registered Charity No: 1076154/Limited Co No: 03723917


If you would like to volunteer for any part of the service then please email Antony Henstock for a volunteer pack
ahenstock@druglinelancs.co.uk