261.6km | Manchester , UK
|Hours||22.5 - 22.5 Hours|
Do you have an understanding of how homelessness and other related disadvantages can affect people’s lives and ability to access meaningful employment and experience of working with people with lived experience? Then join Shelter as an Involvement Officer on our GROW Traineeship programme and you could soon be playing a key role within an initiative aimed at helping people with lived experience of multiple disadvantage.
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.
About the team
Changing Futures is a £64 million joint initiative by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and The National Lottery Community Fund for local organisations to work in partnership to better support those who experience multiple disadvantage. Through Changing Futures in Greater Manchester, Shelter works in partnership with GMCA, locality partnerships and other VCSE and community partners to ensure lived experience is at the heart of design, delivery and systems change. At the same time, a Gaining Real Opportunities for Work (GROW) Campus focuses on supporting and developing five GROW Trainees, whilst also influencing wider change around lived experience in the workforce and inclusive recruitment. This Traineeship programme has been operational since 2015 and aims to provide supported employment opportunities for people who have a lived experience of multiple disadvantages. This is your chance to be part of its future.
About the role
This interesting and varied role involves supporting the Coordinator with the delivery of the Changing Futures GROW Programme, including the recruitment of GROW Trainees, providing them with wellbeing and personal development support and helping colleagues to deliver quality GROW traineeships in their areas. We’ll also rely on you to support the National GROW network within your region, help to facilitate co-production from GROW Trainees and work with a variety of stakeholders to support and encourage involvement through various means. And, when it comes to promoting involvement in GROW or ensuring opportunities are available that reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, again, we’ll count on you.
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.
Empathetic, a good listener and strong problem-solving skills, you will already have experience of supporting or working with people with lived experience of homelessness and other disadvantages. If you have personal experience of multiple disadvantages we actively encourage you to apply as you could bring so much to the programme as you’ll be able to encourage, promote and support the involvement of trainees and people with lived experience in the design and delivery of our work. You’ll also need the confidence to build successful relationships with external agencies and professionals and colleagues across the organisation. Experience of presenting information and writing reports is also required, together with proficiency using Microsoft Office applications.
How to apply
Please click ‘Apply for Job’ below. You are required to submit a CV and responses to the bullet points in the 'About you' section of the job description of no more than 350 words each. Please provide specific examples following the STAR format and ensure you also demonstrate, in no more than 350 words, how you address the behaviour 'We prioritise diversity and have an inclusive and open mindset'.
We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave (pro rata), 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.
Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.
To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter please visit our website. Apply to be part of our team and be the change you want to see in society.
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.