Substance Misuse Recovery Worker - The Society of St James

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Job type

Full Time, Fixed Term


£20,292 - £23,023

Closing date

21 September 2021

Substance Misuse Recovery Worker

Portsmouth Recovery Hub


37.5 hrs, Temporary until March 2022

Salary Scale: 19 – 23 (£20,292 to £23,023 per annum)

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 SSJ Recovery Hub offers a wide range of interventions including one to ones, therapeutic group work, needle exchange and prescribing interventions to people recovering from problems with drugs and alcohol who are living in Portsmouth.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will have experience of working with this client group, 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 have an understanding of the criminal justice system such as prison throughcare, community orders and drug rehabilitation requirements and be happy to work alongside partner agencies such as probation.

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 based at The Recovery Hub in Southsea but the work will also involve visiting clients in other services or in their own homes and regular meetings in the probation offices. This will be on a needs basis, as appropriate, and you will work within a flexible 37 hour working week. Some out of hours work may be necessary in order respond to an individual’s presenting needs. There will be some weekend working involving visiting the custody cells on a rota basis. Due to visiting the custody suite a car driver would be preferred.

Applicants will need to be self-reflective, motivated and able to work independently (sometimes lone working) and as part of a team. A good background of working with people with substance misuse issues would be desirable; however, transferable skills from working with other disadvantaged groups/individuals will be considered. Prior to interview, we would expect candidates to be aware of the issues that this client group presents with and have a good knowledge of interventions, resources and agencies that are available.

Our ideal candidate will be Innovative and tenacious and able to engage meaningfully with service users. Have a good background of assessing people’s needs and risks, reflective thinking, keeping accurate records and direct experience of working effectively with other agencies to advocate and support the client’s needs.

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 us a covering letter explaining how you think you meet the “Essential Qualities” above and why you should be considered for this role, along with your CV to

Closing Date for applications is: 09:00am Tuesday 21st September

Interview Date: Tuesday 28th September

Successful candidates will be invited to interview at The Recovery Hub, Elm Grove, Southsea.

If you have any questions about this role please contact Leigh Westmore or Sarah Olford at The Recovery Hub on 023 9229 4573.

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

If you have not been contacted within 10 days of the closing date then please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.