Vacancies

Pathways to Independence UK

Social Work Projects Manager– Asylum seeking & Refugee Young People (UASC)

Croydon

Full time

£25,000 to £27,000 p.a according to experience

Closing date 22nd October 5pm, Interviews 29th October in Brighton

PTI UK provide an integrated package of services for young people seeking asylum aged 16 to 21, who are in the care of the local authority, from point of arrival in the UK through their transition to independence.

We offer accommodation and intensive support to a range of young people who may be newly arrived in the UK or who may be leaving the care system.

The overall aim of Pathways is to assist young people make the transition into adult life and society, and to make positive choices about their lives; in particular: independent living, education, training and work opportunities and decisions relating to their asylum claim.

This is a specialist role and we are looking for an exceptional individual to join our small and dynamic team, leading our social care services and being the social work /safeguarding lead for the organisation.

This is a key social work and project management role, overseeing the delivery of our core contracted services in our South Croydon and Surrey project region. This will involve managing our project site and outreach service, managing staff, developing services and providing best outcomes for young people. This includes delivering effective services and interventions to enable young people to improve their life skills/opportunities and to reach their full potential.

Purpose of the post:

  • Management. To manage a stable and effective project by the efficient delivery of day-to-day services, in line with the contractual requirements of the placing authority.
  • Care Management. To be the lead and senior Social Work Manager for the service
  • Good Practice. To lead on all elements of good practice when working with this client group, including safeguarding; assessing and managing risk and quality assurance.
  • Risk Management. To lead on the assessment and management of risk
  • Safeguarding. To assist the safeguarding lead in safeguarding responsibilities for organisation
  • Quality Assurance. To lead on the quality assurance mechanism for the service
  • Monitoring and Performance. To lead on monitoring and reporting for the service, including Performance monitoring of the Service
  • To provide line management responsibilities for the project staff including bank and sessional workers and contributing to recruitment of new staff
  • Liaison and networking. To be the main point of contact with the social services teams (and external organisations / partners) responsible for the young people in service, including effective day to day management of all aspects of that relationship and new referrals in to service from statutory and other referral streams
  • Social work student Placement Programme. To lead our student social work placement programme providing support and supervision and participate in Social work Practice Educator training, if required

We expect experience of working in one or more of the following fields in a senior capacity: social work, housing, probation, health, youth or family work. Candidates should have knowledge and understanding of UASC (young people seeking asylum in the UK), Trafficking, CSE, Care Leavers, Housing and Homelessness, Mental health and other related issues. A social qualification, or similar, is essential and we welcome applications from newly qualified social workers

While this is a management position, PTI is a small organisation – this is a ‘hands on’, ‘front end’ role and the post holder must be willing to work flexibly. There will be some on call duties required as part of the working pattern

The position is based in Croydon but you will be happy to work across our other project areas in the South East, as required.

The post holder will be required to complete enhanced DBS clearance and be able to submit the names of two professional references.

If you have experience  in managing care or advice services in a social work setting, a passion for improving the lives of vulnerable young people who are seeking asylum in the UK and exceptional communication skills with the ability to support and motivate a team we would love to hear from you.

Please send completed application forms to alice@ptiuk.org.uk

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VOLUNTEER VACANCIES

Pathways to Independence provide high quality support services and safe accommodation for unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee young people aged 16-18 years +, from point of arrival in the UK through their transition to independence.

We are interested in volunteers who can work with our team to provide personal and practical support to young people alongside their Project workers. Roles include Independent Living Skills, Accompaniment, Community work, Educational Support, language, administration and research to support developing practice

Skills/qualifications

  • Commitment to the aims of Pathways to Independence UK
  • Commitment to following Pathways to Independence UK’s Policies & Procedures
  • Understanding, practical knowledge and experience of following Safeguarding procedures
  • Understanding of the needs of young people and young asylum seekers and refugees
  • The ability to work well in a team
  • Commitment to equal opportunities
  • Commitment to confidentiality
  • Flexibility and reliability
  • Demonstrable experience of vulnerable populations (young people, UASC, homeless, mental heath etc)
  • A commitment to undertake core training and in areas identified by the Management Team

Volunteers are required to sign a Volunteer agreement to show that they have understood and agreed to the aims and requirements of Pathways volunteer policy.

You will have to demonstrate experience of working with young people, young asylum seekers and/or related field and you will understand the needs of UASC aged 16-18+

You will also need good administrative, numeric and organisational skills along with proven IT skills. You will also need excellent verbal, written and inter personal communication skills; along with an understanding of professional boundaries.

We are ideally looking for individual(s) who are able to offer a minimum of  7-10 hours per week across 2-3 days

PTI is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

What we can offer you

An amazing opportunity to work with a small dynamic team to make a difference to the life of a young refugee. We give all volunteers a high quality induction, ongoing 121 support and provide learning opportunities to develop your skills, knowledge and expertise.

For further information please contact Mary-Jane Burkett at maryjane@ptiuk.org.uk

Please send completed application forms to alice@ptiuk.org.uk

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Volunteer Coodinator Connect Project
Part-time 22.5 hours
Voluntary

Pathways to Independence UK is the South East’s leading provider of specialist accommodation, support, advice and training for young refugees and asylum seekers

PTIUK is recruiting for a part time Volunteer Coordinator for our Connect project working with young asylum seekers and refugees

The role will be responsible for the recruitment, training and support of a growing team of ‘Community Connect’ volunteers to assist with the delivery of PTIUK’s young people’s activities offering accommodation, guidance and support to asylum seeking and refugee young people aged 18 to 25 years

The Connect project
This new project has been co-designed with young refugees and aims to increase self-confidence and sense of belonging as part of a community by increasing young refugees social connections

The Community connect volunteers you work with will meet young people for a few hours a week to do activities that increase social connections and confidence

We are looking to recruit a skilled and qualified individual who has previous volunteer management experience, experience working with young people and has a good knowledge of local services and local strategic developments.

PTIUK is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

If you would like to learn more about the role, please contact Mary Jane Burkett on maryjane@ptiuk.org.uk

Please send all completed Application forms to alice@ptiuk.org.uk

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Volunteer Community Connectors

Want to help young refugees, meet people, learn new skills and be part of a great team?

Pathways to Independence are looking for volunteers to join our new Connect project

The Connect project

This new project has been co-designed with young refugees and aims to increase self-confidence and sense of belonging as part of a community by increasing young refugees social connections in Brighton and Hove

Community connectors

What’s the role?

Community connectors meet young people living in PTI houses for a few hours a week to do activities that increase social connections and confidence.

Examples may include going for a walk to the local park or café, talking about life in England; visiting a local new group, playing football in the park, going to the shops, practicing conversational English, sharing local knowledge, finding out about new things in the area, helping a young person to meet other people, help with finding a volunteering opportunity, attending an appointment. As well as being out and about ‘community connectors’ also spend time with young people in their homes for example, cooking together, socialising, gardening.

An important part of the role is being a good listener as our young people may have limited English and are often on a challenging journey of seeking sanctuary and dealing with past trauma as well as being in the asylum system here in the UK.

What skills and knowledge are we looking for?

Knowledge of the local community or confidence and willingness to gain this knowledge

Understanding of the situation of young refugees in the UK

Listening and communication skills

Practical life skills such as preparing a meal

Specific skills such as English and Maths tutoring

Ability to adhere to policies and procedures relating to health and safety; safeguarding

Ability to keep a record of how you spent time with another young person

Basic IT skills to write a record of how you spent time with a young person

What’s the time commitment?

There’s some initial induction and training sessions. Ideally you’ll be able to offer a few hours each week for a minimum of 6 months, or be available for a more intensive period for a shorter time. We’ll aim to fit in with your schedule.

What we can offer you

An amazing opportunity to work with a small dynamic team to make a difference to the life of a young refugee. We give all volunteers a high quality induction, ongoing 121 support and provide learning opportunities to develop your skills, knowledge and expertise. We provide travel and lunch expenses.

For further information please contact Mary-Jane Burkett at maryjane@ptiuk.org.uk

Please send completed application forms to alice@ptiuk.org.uk