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Independent Domestic Violence Advocate

Employer: Look Ahead Care Support and Housing
Close date: Tuesday 21/01/2020

Look Ahead Care Support and Housing have a current vacancy for an Independent Domestic Violence Advocate, this is a full time role on a fixed term contract until March 2021.    This role is for the services provided in West Kent.   The role of an IDVA is to address the safety of victims and survivors at high risk of harm.  IDVAs work with their customers from the point of crisis by safety planning and risk assessing using the DASH to ascertain the level of risk to the victim.
The post holder will be required to work alongside refuge staff to support customers with complex needs who have been referred into the refuge and to work in the community supporting male domestic abuse victims.
Key Accountabilities:
Look Ahead IDVAs have the personal qualities required to manage customer expectations alongside the responsibilities of their role. Day to day IDVA activities include:
- Manage customer referrals, completing Dash Risk Assessments and obtaining and maintaining all relevant paperwork
- Working to raise the awareness of male domestic abuse in the West Kent community as directed by line manager
- Building supportive, trusting relationships with customers and creating a positive atmosphere
- Knowledge of the criminal justice system and understanding of Marac protocols
- Regular attendance at Marac and completion of all Marac referrals
- Support Customers to obtain Non Molestation orders where needed and any other civil remedies available to them.
- Working proactively with other members of the team to handle the service caseload and administrative responsibilities
- Attending all court and Case Management hearings with or as a representative for customers
- Supporting customers to set personalised goals in the form of a safety and support Plan
- Conducting regular key work sessions that are innovative and engaging in order to achieve Support Plan goals
- Assisting in the recording and reporting of customer incidents
- Safety planning with customers
- Developing productive relationships with partner organisations to improve service outcomes
- Adhering to lone working protocols and maintaining high levels of awareness in relation to the health and safety of yourself and colleagues
- Encouraging customers to attend relevant programmes when appropriate i.e. Freedom Programme /Recovery Toolkit to support successful move on
- Ensuring Look Ahead Health and Safety policies and local protocols are adhered to at all times e.g. fire risk assessments, fire alarm checks etc.
- Adhering to all other Look Ahead's policies and procedures
- Engaging in learning and development activities to increase knowledge and skills
- Undertaking any other duties consistent with the grade and nature of the post as assigned by the Contract Manager

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Facilities Manager

Employer: MHS Homes
Close date: Tuesday 21/01/2020

MHS Homes have a current vacancy for a full time permanent Facilities Manager, to be based in Chatham, Kent.  To succeed in this role you'll be an experienced Facilities Manager who is relentless in making sure that MHS Homes assets are maintained to be safe, compliant and serving their building users in the best way. You’ll manage the Facilities service for corporate properties. It’s a varied role, from strategic planning to being hands-on. You’ll have a relentless customer service focus, to ensure they are meeting their legal requirements. You’ll be the first point of contact for dealing with and resolving all building services and other facilities management issues. There’ll be regular liaison with specialist contractors to:
  • make sure all work is carried out in line with best practice and to the expected standard
  • reduce risk of failure
  • minimise downtime and disruption
  • manage operational risk
Additionally, you’ll ensure that appropriate controls and procedures are followed for the health and safety of anyone affected by the works carried out. You’ll need:
  • At least 5 years experience managing and maximising assets in commercial buildings
  • Experience of managing people and contracts to deliver great services
  • Confident decision making skills
Successful applicants will be invited for interview week commencing 27th January 2020.

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Land Manager

Employer: Town and Country Housing
Close date: Monday 27/01/2020

Town and Country (TCH) Housing have a current vacancy for a Land Manager a full time permanent role based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.  Reporting to the Head of New Business, the role of Land Manager is to expand and promote the company’s existing land bank. This is a big opportunity for an ambitious individual who knows Kent and East Sussex well. The Land Manager will be pivotal in securing the pipeline of projects to achieve TCH’s target of 800 homes per annum, with a split of at least 200+ private sale homes to complement the affordable housing provision.  The Land Manager will be responsible for procuring land and securing planning consent, typically handing over the project at this stage to New Business Manager’s whom will focus on procurement and pre-start before commencing on site. Successful applicants will be invited for interview on the 3rd or 6th February 2020.

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Honorary Treasurer Unpaid Appointment

Employer: Pathways to Independence
Close date: Friday 31/01/2020

Pathways to Independence is seeking a replacement for a long-serving Honorary Treasurer. They are looking for someone with a strong financial background to provide a source of guidance and support to their Co-Chief Executive Officers. Experience in the charity sector would be particularly welcome. If you are interested in offering your time & expertise and can commit to four trustee meetings a year plus a few hours each month to support the charity’s work then please get in touch. Please apply with a CV and letter addressed to Louise Humphrey, Co-CEO, Pathways to Independence, 25 Victoria Street, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1XY, outlining why you are interested in becoming a Trustee/Treasurer for Pathways. For an informal initial conversation, please contact Louise Humphrey, Co-Chief Executive Officer on 01634 819649 or email louise.humphrey@pathwaysltd.org.uk. Applications have to be submitted by 9am on the closing date.

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Trustee / Director - Unpaid Appointment

Employer: Pathways to Independence
Close date: Friday 31/01/2020

Pathways to Independence wants to strengthen its current board of trustees to include a wider range of knowledge, skills and expertise to support future development plans to meet a growing demand on our services. They are particularly keen to recruit people with the following areas of expertise:
  • Income Generation/Fundraising
  • Housing
  • Communications
  • Social Impact
If you are interested in offering your time & expertise and can commit to four (evening) trustee meetings a year plus a few hours each month to support the charity’s work then please get in touch. Please apply with a CV and letter addressed to Louise Humphrey, Co-CEO, Pathways to Independence, 25 Victoria Street, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1XY, outlining why you are interested in becoming a Trustee / Director for Pathways. For an informal initial conversation, please contact Louise Humphrey, Co-Chief Executive Officer on 01634 819649 or email louise.humphrey@pathwaysltd.org.uk. Applications have to be submitted by 9am on the closing date.

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Support Worker

Employer: Look Ahead Care Support and Housing
Close date: Monday 03/02/2020

Look Ahead Care Support and Housing have a current vacancy for a Support Worker, a full time permanent role working with the Young Persons Service in West Kent.
The Young People's Support Worker will work within Look Ahead's flexible supported accommodation and floating support for Children in Care, Care Leavers and Homeless 16/17-year old. The role manages the initial period from when a child or young person is first referred to ensuring a smooth arrival and transition to planning their exit from the service including identifying suitable long-term accommodation and managing their expectations.  This hybrid role will also work across the West Kent area, flexibly providing floating support for those young people living in their own accommodation and ensure that they are enabled to develop their resilience and independence.
Key Accountabilities:
- Building open and supportive, trusting relationships with customers and creating a positive atmosphere
- Carrying out holistic assessments of new customers which incorporate relevant statutory referral information
- Conducting regular key work sessions that are innovative and engaging in order to achieve Support Plan goals
- Ensuring ongoing assessment and management of risks associated with customers within an attitude of 'positive risk taking'
- Support customers to undertake all domestic tasks wherever possible, including practical assistance where they have not yet developed the skills, to ensure customers enjoy a high quality of accommodation
- Develop and maintain links with all key agencies and service providers in the local community
- Empower customers (where relevant) to ensure they receive the service and benefits they are entitled to
- Developing productive relationships with partner organisations to improve service outcomes
- Demonstrate strong commitment to the functioning of the staff team and to support colleagues in providing a high level of service and safety to customers
- Involving customers in the design, development and delivery of the service
- Adhere to Look Ahead's Policies and Procedures
- Engage in learning and development activity to increase knowledge and skills
- Engage positively in reflective practice sessions with colleagues
- Undertake any other duties consistent with the grade and nature of the post as may be reasonably assigned

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