“Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbour in your land.”

Deuteronomy 15 : 11

Help get alongside our homeless guests this winter

We have a vacancy for a

Shelter Worker

Part time: 24 hours per week, October 2018 – April 2019

Closing date: 12 noon Monday 20th August

ECWNS is an ecumenical project established in 2010, organised and supported by Ealing Churches to provide emergency shelter to local homeless people during the winter months. This well-established project employs a shelter worker to attend the various venues and liaise with guests and volunteers. The Shelter Worker role is critical to the project’s success, as it provides vital day-to-day partnership links between the participating Churches and statutory and voluntary sector partners to ensure that referral and move on processes operate efficiently. In addition, the role involves meeting with our Administration Coordinator to oversee the smooth day-to-day running of the Shelter, enabling an effective, integrated service to be provided for Shelter guests. Motivated by our Christian faith, we are committed to serving the needs of local homeless people and we seek to model the example of Jesus in all aspects of the Shelter’s operation, demonstrating unconditional love to all.

About the Job…

The Shelter Worker role requires approximately 24 hours per week for 6 months from Monday 29 October
2018 to Friday 26 April 2019. The working hours will vary but will include substantial evening working (expected to be 7-9pm, on average 5 days a week including weekends) to liaise with the Shelter Venue co-ordinators. We are happy to consider proposals for this role to be undertaken on a job share basis.
There may be opportunities for extending the contract further after April. The current hourly rate is £14.

The job involves coming alongside homeless guests who are referred into the Shelter by outreach workers, visiting them in the shelter venues, helping them plan their route out of homelessness and access appropriate services to meet their needs and aspirations. At the same time, the Shelter Worker meets with the volunteers who provide the hospitality on a daily basis, and oversees the work of the “welcomers” who see people in on the door. The post holder works alongside the Administration Coordinator, who is the central point of contact for referring agencies, venue co-ordinators, volunteers and Ealing Church leaders.

Reporting directly to the Shelter Trustees, you will need to be efficient, well organised, flexible and able to respond quickly to unexpected developments. You will enjoy working with committed volunteers over a range of Shelter venues and you will have a passion to help homeless people. You will also need to be firm and consistent when dealing with people. Previous experience of working in this area would be advantageous but is not essential. Occasionally you will need to attend Church services and to send out prayer bulletins.

More information

The Job Description, Person Specification and application form can be downloaded as an application pack in pdf format or in Word format.

Further information is available from Andrew Hillas.
Closing date for application: 20th August 2018.
Interviews will be held on 3rd September 2017. Successful shortlisted candidates will be notified within a week.