We are looking for a self-motivated and caring individual, with experience of working with vulnerable adults, to join our team and help people who have experienced homelessness to rebuild their lives by working alongside them.
Emmaus Cambridge is a charity and social enterprise, providing a home for up to 50 formerly homeless people (companions) who are working their way out of homelessness by recycling and re-selling furniture and other goods. We run a busy café, shop, and emporium from our community home in Landbeach, as well as selling goods online and other external markets.
In this key role, you’ll be part of a team supporting our community of companions, enabling them to work to the best of their ability within our social enterprise, whilst also supporting and encouraging their personal development. The work is wide-ranging; you’ll assist companions with a variety of issues from health matters and substance abuse recovery to creating personal development plans and taking advantage of external training opportunities. Record keeping is essential and excellent IT skills are a must for the role. You’ll also help them develop life skills, such as cooking, cleaning, and choosing healthier lifestyle options.
Providing training for a wide range of social enterprise activities, you’ll ensure that companions are fully inducted and supported in their work, including handling cash, providing good customer service, and working effectively with offsite delivery. Working alongside the Support Manager and other staff members, you’ll also help to ensure the smooth running of the community, assisting companions in adhering to the rules and issuing warnings or supporting behavioural change where necessary.
To succeed in this role, you’ll need to be adaptable, organised, and confident enough to deal calmly and effectively with difficult, sensitive issues. It’s essential to have experience of working with vulnerable adults but experience of working in the charitable sector or with people with mental health issues would also be beneficial. A high level of emotional resilience along with an empathetic and non-judgmental attitude is key; you’ll need to be able to offer support and help to all companions, regardless of their situation.
This is a challenging role, working with a diverse range of people and providing different levels of support at any one time, depending on individual needs. However, the work is also rewarding, and the role has the potential to provide a high level of job satisfaction.
You will need a full clean driving licence as you will have to drive our company vehicles when needed. Due to the nature of the role, you will be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring check. You’ll also need to be able to regularly work weekends and bank holidays although you won’t be asked to work more than 5 days out of 7.
If you think you have what we’re looking for, along with an open mind and a sense of humour, Emmaus Cambridge could be the place for you!
For an initial conversation, please contact Diane Docherty on 01223 863657 ext. 227 or e-mail [email protected].
To apply, please complete the application form, Criminal Record Declararion form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring form and email to [email protected].
Closing date for applications is 17th December.