Weaver Vale Housing Trust

Providing Homeless People with Stepping stones to sustainable tenancies and improved quality of life

Weaver Vale Housing Trust are a registered social landlord providing quality, affordable social housing in the vale royal area of Cheshire. We would like to employ a full time Resettlement Worker to provide a comprehensive resettlement support package to homeless people in Vale Royal area to provide pre and post tenancy support, enabling individuals to access rented accommodation. Providing clients with flexible levels of support which will take into account their complex needs in addition to their need for a home, including social isolation, lack of motivation, worklessness, substance misuse, offending and health issues both physical and mental.

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing

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  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
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We recognise that homeless people have multiple needs and are disadvantaged both of which contributes to and is exacerbated by their homelessness, overcoming these needs are crucial to the achievement of more independent living. We would like to empower homeless individuals to develop the capacity to plan and structure their time so as to achieve their goals, enable them to feel valued and recognised. As many homeless people fear they neither have the money management skills, ability to deal with agencies, communication skills nor social networks to live independently the resettlement worker will focus on providing support, assistance and advice in the top ten skill areas required for successful housing:- . Reading and understanding tenancy agreements and tenancy handbooks . Reading instructions on washing machines, driers and other communal facilities . Filling out forms for housing benefit and other allowances . Writing letters about repairs and transfers to housing officers . Reading and understanding letters and posters about housing issues . Reading gas and electricity meters, or setting thermostats . Working out a household budget – and debt management . Communicating with Job Centre (as failure to do so can result in loss of benefits) . Making ‘official’ phone calls – for example to set up accounts with water, gas, electricity and phone calls or report repairs . Speaking at meetings/appointments – ability to speak out for oneself Providing practical day to day support and a point of contact to clients for information, advice and support the resettlement worker will build close relationships with relevant organisations, to assist clients to access flexible learning opportunities for personal and career development, helping to gain confidence, independence and address wider need. Without investment in these kinds of resources delays change in the lives of the homeless increases social exclusion and entrenchment into homeless lifestyle. Working closely with voluntary and statutory agencies/organisations the resettlement worker will raise awareness of issues facing homeless people to create a joined up approach to support for clients. Employing a full time and part time worker the project will look at managing a case load of 12 clients developing agreed action/support plans to enable individuals to work towards a positive, settled future accessing relevant support services and sustaining rented accommodation. 1 x Full-time Resettlement Worker 1 x Part-time Project Manager Overheads Annual Project Cost £46,942

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