We work to prevent youth homelessness across Sussex and Surrey and provide a home to 763 young people every night. We reach a further 10,000 young people and their families through our other key services, such as counselling, support and advice, mediation, and youth work, so that all young people can  belong contribute  and  thrive . You can hear our inspiring .

East Sussex Transitional Housing provides accommodation over multiple sites across Eastbourne, Rother, St Leonards and Hastings. We provide housing related support to approximately 140 residents and are a team of 7 staff. We provide a flexible approach to support and independent living skills. You can read about 

The Role

We are looking for a permanent, part time (20 hours per week) Support Project Worker to join our team, primarily based in Eastbourne. In this role you will support a caseload of young people, using a trauma informed and advantage thinking approach to support them in achieving their goals. A key focus will be to coach young people to manage their occupancy agreement and adhere to house rules, in preparation for independent living. You will promote a credit culture, encouraging young people to keep up to date with all payments for rent. You will also promote involvement in group-work and activities to develop skills, enter education and seek employment, volunteering, and training opportunities.

In addition, you will ensure that young people are encouraged to take responsibility and action in their own personal development and keep clear records of the young person in relation to their needs, risks, strengths and outcomes. You will record all incidents, accidents and safeguarding issues that require further investigation, and share appropriately e.g. with project staff, the on-call manager. There will be times when lone working will be a requirement for this role.

The days and times of your working pattern are to be agreed and can be discussed at interview

Who You Are

We are recruiting a Support Project Worker who is experienced and passionate about working directly with young people. You will be able to engage and relate well to this age group and have a strong understanding of the key risks, challenges, and opportunities for young people. You will have knowledge of safeguarding procedures in relation to young people and/or vulnerable adults, and the ability to maintain professional boundaries (training provided). You will be a confident and capable communicator who is able to empower, challenge and support when appropriate. You will also be a team player with the ability to work on your own initiative and will feel comfortable with doing lone work at times.

We also know that there are great candidates who will not fit everything we have described above, or who have important skills we have not mentioned. If that is you, please do not hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

Learning & Development: We provide an extensive programme of formal learning opportunities, supported by an organisation-wide culture of learning.

Closing date for this role is midnight on 18 September 2022 with a proposed interview date of 27 September 2022

If you would like any further information or an informal discussion about this post, please email 

Candidates will already have the right to live and work in the UK

YMCA DownsLink Group welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We value diversity and promote inclusion, which we demonstrate through our activities, as well as in our policies and working practices. Reinforced by our culture and values, we seek to create an inspiring and inclusive place to work.

YMCA DLG requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to respond proactively to safeguarding concerns. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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