1625 Independent People

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Resident Adult x 2

About us

1625 Independent People prevents youth homelessness in the South West and has been helping 16-25 year olds reboot their lives for over 30 years. With around 100 staff in four locations, we provided housing and support to around 2500 young people last year.

We’re one of the brightest youth organisations in the South West, leaders in our field, no other organisation in the area has the same wealth of experience.

You can read more about what we do and who we are.

About the job

(Please read the full job description for more detail)

Closing date: 5pm Monday 3 April 2017
Intervews: Monday 10 April 2017 2017

Terms, conditions and benefits:

  • We have 2 live in positions available; one as part of one of our large shared houses in St Andrews, Bristol and one in St Georges, Bristol
  • Rent and utilities charges are covered by 1625ip under this contract
  • Pay: £2,318 per year
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Annual leave: 91 hours per annum (inclusive of bank holiday entitlement)
  • Free Health Scheme with UK Healthcare  
  • There is a requirement to work flexibly which will include evening and weekend work
Both posts are based in the Housing team, one line managed by the Senior Supported Housing Officer within our supported housing and one by the Project Coordinator for our Future Builders Project.

Our Bristol dispersed housing team provides a high quality support and client-focused housing management  service to young people from a homeless background, assisting them to move on towards independence in secure, permanent accommodation.

The Future Builders project is an exciting new scheme funded by the OVO Foundation, which supports young people aged 16 - 25 into construction apprenticeships while providing them with affordable accommodation. 
Residents Adults provide a vital role in both our dispersed housing service and our Future Builders project.

For both projects you will be living in a shared house with up to four young people, assisting them in the smooth running of the house and acting as a positive example of independent living.

The young people all have a dedicated professional support worker who supports them towards becoming independent. But they can’t be there all the time. We have found that some young people do really well and settle in much quicker if there is a bit of extra support on hand. The resident adult role provides this additional support.

You will provide up to twelve hours low level support every week, mostly in the evenings and weekends.

The young people each have their own lockable bedroom with a communal kitchen and bathroom. The Resident Adult has a large unfurnished double room.

A typical week would involve being available to the young people if they need help, supporting them with life skills such as cooking and cleaning, carrying out safety checks, providing a listening ear and dealing with any inconsiderate behaviour such as loud music

You will help keep the house running smoothly by helping young people settle in, doing safety checks and making sure people are sticking to the house rules (cleaning/visitors etc), all the while reporting back to the support worker.

In return, you'll have your own secure room, sharing communal facilities with utilities included.

Even though you work in the community you’re also part of the 1625ip Housing Team and you’ll meet monthly with your line manager and attend at least one house meeting with all the residents every month. 

We will provide a full induction into the role and the service, with ongoing training.

This is a really rewarding role, helping young people at a crucial time in their support. Maintaining a positive dynamic in a shared house can be challenging  - the young people don’t necessarily know each other at first but when it works – you are essentially creating a home where young people can feel safe and grow.

The team are very supportive of each other and through reflective practice we are always learning from our own and each other’s experiences.

Our work is rooted in providing support in a Psychologically Informed environment framework known as PIE.
A typical day might include:
  • Delivering an independent living skills workshop such as a house cooking session
  • Attending a house meeting
  • Introducing a young person to their new home

We will provide a full induction into the role and the service, with ongoing training.

I love life

About you

You have empathy and understanding of the needs of homeless young people, young people leaving care, and the barriers they face. You like being around and working with young people.
You love being the 'go to' person, dealing with situations, helping people work things out for themselves but being supportive and listening.

You are good at maintaining boundaries and knowing when to escalate things.

Previous resident adults have worked full time, some have been students, active retirees and people with minimal travel commitments who tend to be around at evenings and weekends.

When you are applying, if you have a preference for which location you would rather be based at, please let us know.

If you’d like to have an informal chat about the role please contact: Becky Cottrell, Housing Manager, becky.cottrell@1625ip.co.uk 0117 317800


Download the documents in the job pack below or email jobs@1625ip.co.uk.

Closing Date: 5pm Monday 3 April 2017

Interviews:  Monday 10 April 2017

If you have not heard from us by Thursday 6 April 2017, regrettably your application has not been successful on this occasion.


Download the documents in the Job Pack below or email jobs@1625ip.co.uk


Returning completed applications:

You can send your application by post to:
HR Department
Independent People
Kingsley Hall
59 Old Market Street

or email: jobs@1625ip.co.uk

Equal opportunities for everyone

We safeguard and promote the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
We expect all our staff to do this and to have appropriate criminal and reference checks. Any job offer will depend on a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Barred List Disclosure Check. 

We believe ex-offenders should have an equal chance to become employees or volunteers. Having a criminal record does not automatically mean you can’t work here. We will take the time to consider the offence, the role and the risk.

We pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer for everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race  (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex (gender) or sexual orientation. Our workforce should represent our community.

We are particularly keen to increase applications from Black and Minority Ethnic groups as they are currently under-represented. This said, all applications are only considered on merit.

We do everything we can to make sure our recruitment opportunities don’t have barriers for disabled applicants. If you have a disability and need an adjustment made to any part of the recruitment process please let us know as soon as possible.

Some examples of types of adjustments we can make are:

  • If you have dyslexia and need extra time during assessments, this can be agreed.
  • If you use a wheelchair or have limited mobility we can make sure your interview is in an accessible room.
  • If you have back pain and need to stretch we can provide breaks in an interview.
Please read our full Policies above for more detailed information or for further advice please contact us on  jobs@1625ip.co.uk
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