Do you want to be part of a Christian charity that is passionate about seeing refugees welcomed and supported to rebuild their lives?

Are you compassionate, committed and professional in your approach to working with vulnerable clients and understand the importance of empowerment in supporting those you work with to be able to thrive?

If your answers are yes, come and join our dynamic team and help us transform the lives of refugees.


We currently have 2 vacancies:

1. Refugee Resettlement Key Worker – 37.5 hours per week

2. Children and Families Worker – 22.5 hours per week

 

About us

Upbeat Communities is a Christian charity based in Derby and we work across Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. Our mission is to Help Strangers Become Neighbours. We achieve this by focusing activities on three key areas: Welcome, Empowerment, and Awareness Raising.

The services we deliver include welcome support for new arrivals, language classes through our Derby Language School social enterprise, health and well-being activities, enterprise and employment training, awareness raising, training and events. We are currently partnering with the British Red Cross on a 4 year city-wide project called Survive & Thrive, as well as developing new projects such as a volunteer hosting scheme for destitute asylum seekers and a project focusing on refugee children.

As a Christian organisation we are values-driven, and everyone working with us is expected to commit to and actively demonstrate our values within their roles. Our eight values are:

-        We work to WELCOME

-        We create COMMUNITY

-        We are inspired to act with INTEGRITY

-        We exist to EMPOWER

-        We are committed to CREATIVITY

-        We run on RELATIONSHIPS

-        We are proud to be PROFESSIONAL

-        We have COMPASSION at our core

 

What we offer as an Employer

-        A positive working environment where staff are valued and cared for

-        An inclusive and friendly staff team

-        Regular support and supervision

-        Clinical supervision with a qualified Therapist (dependent on job role)

-        Regular opportunities for team-building

-        Flexible working conditions to promote a good work / life balance

-        Annual team retreat to recharge, re-envision and build relationships across the team

-        25 days holiday plus 8 Bank Holidays for full time staff (pro rata for part time staff)

-        A generous mileage allowance for travel required for work

-        Opportunities for continued training and development

-        Access to language classes through our social enterprise (Derby Language School)

-        Competitive pension scheme (5% employer contribution matched by 5% employee contribution)

-        ASYE for Newly Qualified Social Workers (dependent on job role)

 

1. Refugee Resettlement Key Worker

LOCATION: Derby-based (working across Derbyshire)

RESPONSIBLE TO: Senior Delivery Lead

HOURS: 37.5 hours (part-time considered for the right candidate)

SALARY: £21,091 – £23,724 (depending on experience) plus 5% pension contribution

CONTRACT: 1 Year fixed term (with the potential of extension)

 

Context of the role:

The UK government has committed itself to a Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) whereby people fleeing persecution from Syria are selected and processed in the region of origin and brought to the UK with their status already determined.

Upbeat Communities is working with Derbyshire County Council to provide a Key Worker Service for individuals arriving through the VPR scheme. We are looking to recruit a new Key Worker to complement our current team.

The successful candidate will have a positive attitude and play an important part in delivering the best possible support to the children and families we work with. The candidate will be committed to, and actively demonstrate, our Christian values, ethos and practice in order to achieve our vision – to see thriving positive communities where every refugee can contribute and make the most of opportunities.

Due to the nature of the work, you would need to hold a full UK driving licence and be willing to travel across Derbyshire to provide support to refugee families.

The post holder will also be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check.

Newly Qualified Social Workers (or those qualified within the last 2 years) recruited for this post would be provided with the opportunity to access the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE).

 

Purpose of the role:

-        To assist in the resettlement of vulnerable Syrian refugees in Derbyshire through the provision of advice, guidance and support

-        To promote the integration and independence of all those arriving through the SVPR scheme

About You

You will have at least one year’s experience of working directly with individuals in a client support setting, providing advice, information and guidance on a range of issues including benefits, housing, health services, education and employment. You will have knowledge and understanding of the needs and experiences of refugees newly arrived in the UK, in particular for those arriving through a resettlement scheme.

You will be able to clearly communicate complex information to individuals who may be in a distressed or anxious state and possess the confidence and skills to negotiate on behalf of participants with service providers from both the statutory and voluntary sectors.

You will have experience of working with people from different cultures and backgrounds and an understanding of cultural diversity/equal opportunities. You will also possess the ability to work effectively with interpreters.

You will have an empathetic and compassionate outlook, whilst being able to maintain professional boundaries with those you work with.

You will be able to actively demonstrate Upbeat Communities’ Christian ethos and values.

Due to the nature of the work, you would need to hold a full UK driving licence and be willing to travel across Derbyshire to provide support to refugee families. You will also need to undertake an enhanced DBS check.

For the full Job Description/Person Specification (including how to apply) and Job Application form click on the links below:

Deadline for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 4 September 2019.

Interviews will take place on Friday 13 September 2019.



2. Children & Families Worker (Firm Foundations Project)

 LOCATION: Derby

RESPONSIBLE TO: Chief Executive

HOURS: 22.5 hours per week (3 full days or worked flexibly)

SALARY: £12,168 plus 5% pension contribution (£20,280 FTE)

CONTRACT: 1 Year fixed term (with the potential of extension)

 

Context of the role:

Upbeat Communities has been successful in fundraising for a pilot project to support asylum seeker and refugee children and their families. The project, Firm Foundations, will provide a safe space for kids to be kids, and an encouraging and empowering environment for their parents to access the help they need to support themselves and their children.

Firm Foundations will offer a range of activities and support for asylum seeker and refugee children and their parents newly arrived in Derby, to help them with their integration, educational attainment, and their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. This will include play and social activities, education provision, language learning, parenting advice, one to one support and signposting.

Whilst the project is only currently funded for one year, we will be exploring long term funding options for this work, determined by the evaluation of our pilot work.

The successful candidate will have a positive attitude and play an important part in delivering the best possible support to the children and families we work with. The candidate will be committed to, and actively demonstrate, our Christian values, ethos and practice in order to achieve our vision – to see thriving positive communities where every refugee can contribute and make the most of opportunities.

The post holder will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check.

 

Purpose of the role:

-        To provide a child-centred approach in supporting asylum seeker and refugee children in improving their integration, educational attainment and their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing

-        To support and empower asylum seekers and refugees in parenting in the UK through information, guidance and sign posting

 

About You

You will have at least 1 year’s experience of direct work with vulnerable children and/or families using a child-centred approach. You will have knowledge and understanding of the needs and experiences of refugees newly arrived in the UK, along with a clear understanding of child protection and safeguarding best practice,

You will be able to listen to and communicate effectively with children and their parents and will have experience of working with people from different cultures and backgrounds and an understanding of cultural diversity/equal opportunities.

You will have an empathetic and compassionate outlook, whilst being able to maintain professional boundaries with those you work with.

You will be able to actively demonstrate Upbeat Communities’ Christian ethos and values.

Due to the nature of the work you will need to undertake an enhanced DBS check.

For the full Job Description/Person Specification (including how to apply) and Job Application form click on the links below

Deadline for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 4 September 2019.

Interviews will take place on Friday 20 September 2019.

 

 If you wish to have an informal discussion about the roles or have any questions please contact our Chief Executive, Andrew, on 01332 916150 / andrew@upbeatcommunities.org