Outreach Worker, Colchester (Part Time)

Fixed-Term Contract [8 months]
Start Date: 7th June 2021

£20,400 pro rata per annum (Actual salary £8,704 per annum)
Part Time – 16 hours per week
Working Pattern – to be discussed at interview
Closing date 22nd April 2021

Open Road has partnered with Outhouse East to undertake a collaborative pilot study to establish the local unmet for a service to support people from the LGBTQ+ community, that may be struggling with substance misuse and mental health issues. This position will involve researching the local area and providing assertive outreach to potential new service users.

What you’ll be doing
The Outreach Worker will explore the locality to identify the number of people from the LGBTQ+ community that:
a) Use substances
b) May be experiencing mental health issues
c) Want support for their substance misuse
d) Cite barriers to accessing existing support

Where required, the Outreach Worker will provide crisis intervention to ensure individuals are supported to access immediate assistance where appropriate (e.g., CMHT, Open Road, Outhouse East).

What it’s like to work for Open Road

Open Road provides drug and alcohol treatment and offender support services across Essex & Kent including a range of interventions that deliver mentoring, advice and information programmes. Our mission is to empower a diverse range of individuals, families and communities to lead healthy and more meaningful lives, free from addiction, offending behaviour and disadvantage, to ensure healthier, happier lifestyles.

Benefits to you
- £20,400 pro rata per annum (Actual salary £8,704 per annum)
- 22 days Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays pro rata
- Royal London Pension and Death in Service benefit
- Access to our in-house Organisational Training Plan, and full training tailored to your development needs
- Legal training including Health & Safety, Safeguarding and GDPR

What you need
- Ideally, you will have experience of working within the substance misuse field.
- Experience and/or awareness of the issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community.
- Ability to drive and access to a car.
- Excellent communication, time management and administrative skills.
- A willingness to learn and work with a variety of people.
- Have a clear understanding of, and a commitment to safeguarding best practice.
- A commitment and ability to work in partnership with other agencies to achieve good outcomes for service users.

This position is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check at enhanced level. To apply, please visit our website www.openroad.org.uk to download an application pack. Please note CVs will only be accepted when accompanied by fully completed application forms.

Open Road values and respects the diversity and individual differences of our services users, staff and our volunteers.

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