SCOTLAND: Homeless Support

United Kingdom

Adventure Overview:

  • 1 Year
  • EU
  • Applicants
  • Only

If you've ever passed someone sleeping rough, ever given your spare money or bought a meal for someone living on the streets, you will have caught just a glimpse of one of the toughest and loneliest lives in your country. This is an opportunity to do so much more than just giving your money, this is an opportunity to provide friendship, support and guidance to those who need it most. Many of those who come to this project also struggle with addiction issues, and so their needs are varied and often complex, the approach to each client therefore has to be individually focussed on their specific needs.

This project has been supporting Edinburgh's homeless community for many years, and in that time has built up a reputation of excellence, care and professionalism which is admired by the social support sector in Scotland as a whole. They have a variety of support centres throughout the city caring for the clients at various stages of need. These centres range from direct street support,taking vans out on to the street to connect with the most vulnerable and to ensure as far as is possible that these people receive care and provision. The second stage is the emergency shelter, where those in greatest need can find warmth, food and a safe place to sleep.  There is then an additional wide range of services including addiction support, accommodation, furniture provision, community education and employment opportunities to anyone who needs their services, regardless of the individuals background or belief.

The mission of this project is to relieve the suffering and meet the long-term needs of homeless and vulnerable people.  The vision is to see homelessness reduced and vulnerable people empowered to live independently within society.

There are different aspects to this project, and depending on your areas of skill, interest and ability you would be based in the most appropriate area. The first area in which you could be involved is in providing emergency shelter. Prospective residents of this centre must be between the ages of 16-59, and homeless either through having no secure tenancy, or where their home/tenancy is deemed to be an unsafe environment. They are expected to be able to cope with personal care, and must be willing to claim benefits, register with a local GP, and apply for more permanent housing.

The second area of the project would be a centre providing a supportive working community for men aged 17-70. This centre works with those who have found themselves in need of support to resettle back into a stable, drug and alcohol free environment. Men are given support with addiction issues, budgeting, legal matters, health issues, family relationships, housing applications, benefit claims, contact with counselling services and other agencies, etc. The men learn to work and serve each other as they participate in community meetings, cooking, cleaning, group activities and house holidays. With the help of the Training Section men have education and voluntary work placements within the project workshops or further afield.

The Addiction Team also offer group work and one to one counselling to the residents, who benefit greatly from these services. This is truly an amazing project to work in, your time here will never be dull, it will often be challenging but will always be rewarding.

What is Included?

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • 24 / 7 Support
  • Training
  • Adventure Package
  • Stipend
  • Information Pack
  • Accommodation:Volunteers in this project share a house together, you will however receive your own room and all houses have internet access & fully equipped kitchens.
  • Food: You will receive a food allowance during your stay and will cook for yourself. Sometimes volunteers in the same house choose to cook as a unit.
  • Stipend:  A monthly stipend is included in this project, this is to enable you to cover the cost of your basic personal expenses on top of food and work related costs. You will not pay any bills other than your personal phone bill, and all other costs are covered. Volunteering is about simple living, and so your stipend is calculated according to the local economy to ensure that you are not living above the standards of the local community around you.
  • Training: All volunteers setting out on an adventure with us receive pre-departure training to help you prepare for the experience ahead. This training covers all the areas you need to think about before you pack your bags. It gives you time to focus and prioritise, and provides you with the knowledge and information you need in order to have a safe, fulfilling and enjoyable adventure. On arrival at your project you will also receive orientation training which will help you to better understand the local culture and support you as you find your way around this new country. On your return we will also support you as you readapt to life back home. We encourage you to keep in contact with us and consider opportunities foryou to stay connected to the work you have been part of with Agapé. In addition to all of this training you will also receive a comprehensive welcome pack full of useful information on your project, the country and the culture, as well as detailed safety and communication lists.
  • Support: Agapé Adventures respects that each person is unique, and thus has different needs, and we endeavour to meet those genuine needs as effectively as we can. All volunteers are supported by Agapé every step of the way. You will be allocated a line manager to assist you in the day to day aspects of your adventure and staff at Agapé’s main base who will be available 24/7 for any out of hours emergencies. All staff involved in supporting you, work together to provide coordinated, personal and professional support throughout your adventure. 
  • Adventure Package: During your time in project we will coordinate an exiting adventure package for you. Where possible we try to tailor this to your interests, otherwise this will be a group event with other volunteers. A time to do something completely different and enjoy the country in which you're living in a whole new way! Here in Ireland the adventure package will be discussed with you all as a group during the first few months of your time in project. 
  • Airport Collection & Drop Off:  When you land into the airport we will make sure that someone is there to meet you and bring you to your project base. We will also provide assistance in returning you to the airport at the end of your time to help you take back all those gifts you've picked up along the way! 

What Isn't Included

  • Visa
  • Flights
  • Insurance

What will I do?:

Within the project as a whole there are two areas in which you might be based - the centre and the house. The roles in both bases are similar in focus, but differ in work outline.

CENTRE:

In the centre you will work as part of a team supporting the full time staff to ensure the smooth daily running of the Centre.  The Centre provides a supportive environment for 17 men who wish assistance in developing skills and behaviours to facilitate a safe, productive and meaningful life in the community.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To work as part of a staff team to provide 24 hour cover in the centre.
  • To give support to service users within the centre both informally and to support the project working staff in the day to day running of the unit.


 SPECIFIC TASKS/RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Befriending service users and supporting them within the working community of the centre
  • Taking referrals, interviewing and inducting new service users into the Centre
  • To keep files up to date
  • To attend both staff and support staff meetings with other staff
  • To be responsible for keeping service user admin up to date
  • To be involved in staff handover (at the start and end of shifts)
  • To provide formal support for service users as required
  • To help maintain the general cleanliness / safety of the house
  • To liaise with other agencies and professionals as required
  • To liaise with staff within the centre and the wider project
  • To keep appropriate records of each service user’s medical, financial, and social care
  • To discuss proposed admissions and demissions
  • General admin duties and office duties
  • Assist/supervise service users on kitchen duties
  • Participate in recreational activities, house trips and holidays.
  • Handle petty cash
  • Sleepovers as required
  • To consult with project manager regarding training needs


PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL QUALFICATIONS

  • Willingness to participate fully in tasks
  • Good communication skills
  • An interest in the service user group
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Flexibility
  • Be sympathetic with and supportive of the aims of the project as expressed in its mission and values statements

 

The vision of the centre  is that through Christian love in action homeless and vulnerable people are empowered to live interdependently within society. As the Assistant Project Worker is routinely in direct contact with the service user group, and in order to enable such empowering, s/he must have and be able to evidence a genuine Christian faith and commitment as a genuine occupational requirement.

HOUSE:

You will work as part of a team supporting the full time staff to ensure the smooth daily running of the hostel and to help create a safe supportive caring and empowering environment for service users.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To work as part of a staff team providing 24 hour cover
  • To give support to service users within the house and to support the Project Working Staff in the day to day running of the unit


SPECIFIC TASKS/RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To consult with project manager regarding training needs
  • To keep files up to date
  • To clean service user flats as appropriate
  • To attend both staff and support staff meetings with other staff
  • To be responsible for keeping service user admin up to date
  • To be involved in staff handover (at the start and end of shifts)
  • To befriend service users
  • To provide formal support for service users as required
  • To liaise with staff within the house, and wider project
  • To liaise with other agencies and professionals as required
  • To keep appropriate records of each service user’s medical, financial, and social care
  • To attend or lead; flat meetings and any other relevant meetings or activities
  • To discuss proposed admissions and demissions
  • To man the staff reception area, take referrals and arrange appointments
  • General admin duties
  • Cook meals when cook is not there
  • Assist/supervise service users on kitchen duties
  • Handle petty cash
  • Night shift as required


PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Willingness to participate fully in tasks
  • Good communication skills
  • An interest in the service user group
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Flexibility
  • Be sympathetic with and supportive of the aims of the project as expressed in its mission and values statements


 The vision of the project is that through Christian love in action homeless and vulnerable people are empowered to live independently within society. As yous routinely in direct contact with the service user group in order to enable such empowering, s/he must have a genuine Christian faith  as a Genuine Occupational Requirement

The Local Area

Edinburgh is one of Europe's most beautiful cities, draped across a series of rocky hills overlooking the sea. It's a town intimately entwined with its landscape, with buildings and monuments perched atop crags and overshadowed by cliffs - in the words of Robert Louis Stevenson, 'a dream in masonry and living rock'. From the Old Town's picturesque jumble of medieval tenements piled high along the Royal Mile, its turreted skyline strung between the black, bull-nosed Castle Rock and the russet palisade of Salisbury Crags, to the New Town's neat grid of neoclassical respectability, all columns and capitals, porticoes and pediments, the city offers a constantly changing perspective. And it's all small enough to explore easily on foot.

You can always tell the character of a place by the nicknames it has earned. Appropriately enough for the city that inspired The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Edinburgh has two contradictory - but complementary - ones.

The Athens of the North, a name inspired by the great thinkers of the Scottish Enlightenment, is a city of high culture and lofty ideals, of art and literature, philosophy and science. It is here that each summer the world's biggest arts festival rises, phoenixlike, from the ashes of last year's rave reviews and broken box-office records to produce yet another string of superlatives. And it is here, beneath the Greek temples of Calton Hill - Edinburgh's acropolis - that the Scottish Parliament sits again after a 300-year absence.

But Edinburgh is also Auld Reekie, an altogether earthier place that flicks an impudent finger at the pretensions of the literati. Auld Reekie is a city of loud, crowded pubs and decadent restaurants, late-night drinking and all-night parties, beer-fuelled poets and foul-mouthed comedians. It's the city that tempted Robert Louis Stevenson from his law lectures to explore the drinking dens and lurid street life of the 19th-century Old Town.

Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/scotland/edinburgh#ixzz2Zu2LDE1y

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