LGBTQ+ Recovery Worker - The Society of St James

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Job type

Full Time, Permanent


£21,206 - £24,060 Per Annum

Closing date

10 August 2022

Job Title: LGBTQ+ Recovery Worker
Project: The Recovery Hub, Portsmouth’s Substance Misuse Service
Location: Portsmouth
Hours: 37 hours, permanent position
Salary Scale –  (£21,206 – £24,060 )

About Us

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic Charity and Housing Association.  The Society of St James (SSJ) has been working in Hampshire for over 40 years, delivering high impact, person-centred, accommodation services to adults and young people experiencing homelessness, problematic substance use and mental health problems. We believe that every person is of worth and we are prepared to take risks to house and support the most vulnerable and socially excluded members of society.

The Role

The successful candidate will have experience of working with marginalised client groups, knowledge of the impact of substance misuse on individuals, families and the wider community and be able to manage a client caseload safely and effectively. You will understand the impact of substance use and alcohol dependency, have awareness of LGBTQ+ specific substance issues such as gender identity, ChemSex, sexual health promotion and offer a range of interventions and support available to help people make their lives better.

This new and innovative position will require creativity and how to engage with marginalised groups and be willing to provide assertive outreach which may include LGBTQ+ specific bars, clubs and venues to ensure we are proactive in our engagement and approach. You will link in with key partner agencies such as Sexual Health and help expand the offer for our LGBTQ+ community and the work may involve targeting local Public Sex Environments (cruising/cottaging sites) as well as finding innovative ways to engage the online sex working and escort community to provide harm minimisation and access to interventions. The successful candidate will help improve access and treatment options for this community and focus on health promotion including sexual health and HIV prevention. You will work in a person-centred approach to support individuals who want to make changes to their lives by supporting them to access interventions that are important to them. Good risk management skills are essential, as well as a strong ability to build meaningful relationships with our service users. This will enable SSJ to deliver our purpose to create engaging opportunities for growth and development for employees and our service user’s alike.

The role will be primarily based at The Recovery Hub in Southsea, but the work will involve co-location at Sexual Health services, visiting clients in other services or in their own homes and working closely alongside key partner agencies. This will be on a need’s basis, as appropriate, and you will work within a flexible 37 hour working week including regular evening work and occasional work at weekends.

The Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate will have experience of working with marginalised client groups and be aware of the specific issues for our local LGBTQ+ community. Our ideal candidate will be tenacious and proactive to establish this new and innovative position to compliment and enhance Portsmouth’s offer for substance misuse interventions.

Staff Benefits

We value and recognise our staff, offering some generous benefits, as well as the satisfaction of helping vulnerable people:

  • A competitive annual leave entitlement of 25 days rising to 30 days, plus public holidays
  • Flexible working options
  • Buying additional annual leave
  • Comprehensive induction and training
  • Counselling, financial, personal support and health and wellbeing services via our Employee Assistance Programme
  • Company cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted laptops and computers with Jamie’s Computers

To apply, please send your CV & cover letter explaining why you would be suitable for the position.

Please note that CV’s alone will not be considered during shortlisting.

Application closing date: 10th August

Interview date: 18th August.

 For an informal chat about the position, please call Darren Carter on 02392 291573

Due to the high number of expected applicants, we do reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier.

Should you not hear from us within 7 days of the closing date, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.