Housing Support & Outreach Worker
- Work with an organisation committed to social justice
- Wintringham promotes ongoing training and professional excellence
- Higher than award wages
- Generous motor vehicle allowance
- Access to NFP Salary Packaging
- Part Time (22.5 hours per week)
- Based in Geelong (VIC)
Who are we?
Wintringham provides aged care services to those who are financially disadvantaged and have previously been homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. With annual revenue of $51 million, we employ over 730 staff and operate from multiple offices in Melbourne and regional Victoria. Wintringham is a major provider of home care in Victoria, managing approximately 700 home care packages. Our regional team of Carer’s, Case Managers, Outreach Workers, Care & Support Workers and Recreation staff provide holistic care and support to clients who live independently in their own homes.
Your new role
The care provided to Wintringham clients is carried out with the underlying principles of social justice. In this busy and dynamic role, you will identify accommodation settings where our client population are located and provide assistance to help overcome pressing needs or crisis’ being experienced by clients. Wintringham is currently seeking a motivated and enthusiastic Housing Support & Outreach Worker with a commitment to social justice to join our friendly and tight-knit Barwon team on a Part Time basis.
The available hours are:
Week 1&2: 22.5 hours per week (3 days per week – days are flexible with the exception of Wednesday)
Your responsibilities and duties will include:
- Assessing potential clients, taking into account their history, circumstances and preferences
- Coordinating the referral, nomination and housing support to a number of clients living in transitional housing properties and assisting them to obtain long-term accommodation and support services
- Encouraging and supporting clients to make decisions regarding their use of services and to manage their own health and welfare needs
- Enhance the social contact of isolated clients by providing social support or linking and referring them into social and recreational activities
What’s in it for you?
We are committed to offering an enjoyable, safe and flexible workplace that provides a work-life balance. When you are working with Wintringham, you will have access to the following benefits:
- Flexible working hours: Where applicable, we will offer flexible working hours that suit your life.
- Access to exclusive not-for-profit salary packaging: salary package your personal expenses up to the amount of $15,900.
- Continuous development: we believe in giving our staff the skills they need and will keep you up to date with yearly qualifications such as behaviour management, first aid, CPR and manual handling. We offer many growth opportunities and have a strong internal recruitment program.
- Free access to wellbeing services: access to staff wellbeing portal, exclusive discounts and our Employee Assistance Program
What we will require from you:
We are seeking candidates with excellent communication skills who have the ability to build rapport with those who are socially isolated within the community. You will have a non-judgmental attitude, the ability to liaise with people form varying socioeconomic backgrounds, and experience working with both socially isolated people and people with challenging behaviours. The ability to undertake administrative tasks including computer work, filing, case notes and client records is essential in this role. Your skills and experience will be supported by:
- An approved tertiary qualification in Social Work or Welfare
- Information and referral skills and a knowledge of the aged care, housing, community health and homeless service systems.
- A current Victorian motor vehicle driver licence
- Knowledge of issues associated with ageing.
- Ability to work with people with complex needs including alcohol and drug dependence, psychiatric disability and acquired brain injuries.
How to apply:
For more information about the role, you can contact Rosemary Marsh (Site Coordinator – Barwon) on (03) 5243 7227.
A copy of the Position Description can be accessed here. Applications can be directed to Mark Lorenzi (HR Officer) and submitted by filling out the required information below.
Applications close at 5:00pm on Monday 15th June 2020
Successful applicants will be required to undergo a Police Records check & Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme (DWES) check. Refusal to consent to Wintringham providing your information to the DWES unit will prevent us from being able to continue with your application.
Applicants who have lived in a country other than Australia for a period longer than 12 months in the last 10 years may be required to undergo an International Police Check.
Applicants must have already undertaken a flu vaccination within the 2020 calendar year in order to be considered for this role.
“Wintringham is an Equal Opportunity employer and embraces differences in gender, diversity, ethnicity, race cultural background, ability, religion and sexual orientation. We are committed to the safety of our older persons and have zero tolerance for elder abuse.
We acknowledge the first peoples of Australia and their unique role in our history and society and encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply for advertised positions. We recognise the benefits that diversity and inclusion contribute to help Wintringham achieve our goals and vision of ending homelessness.”