Family Centre Support Worker

Good News Family Care is seeking a caring and motivated Christian woman to join our Family Centre Support Team in delivering all aspects of the Residential Service.

Good News Family Care is a Christian charity based in Buxton, Derbyshire offering accommodation and support for families in crisis since 1994.

Our Residential Family Centre is in Buxton and provides support and accommodation for women and children who are homeless primarily due to being victims of domestic abuse and frequently suffer from a range of mental health issues due to this.

As an integral part of the support team, you would bring your qualifications and specialist expertise to the vulnerable women and children within our residential/refuge centre, community homes and those we serve within the local community through our outreach work and skills development projects. You will be able to facilitate training in your field of expertise to the rest of the team and to key-work women and families who have need in this particular area. As a support worker, you would support women and their children through their recovery programme to enable them to live independently and so that they can contribute to society without being affected by life controlling issues.

The Family Centre accepts women who may be accompanied by their children (boys over 10 years subject to risk assessments, up to 12 years only). We are urgently recruiting for a female support worker to join our motivated and caring staff team. The team includes workers from complementary professional backgrounds.

You must be in a position to work flexible hours on a 7day rota. Overnight sleep-in may be required on occasions. Salary is depending on qualifications and experience.

Where required there is option to live or stay over in staff accommodation based at Charis House. Conditions of this option would be discussed at interview.

Please note that it is a genuine occupational requirement that the post holder is fully committed to the charity’s Christian ethos, basis of our faith and the stated aims of the charity.

Please send details of your CV, qualifications and previous relevant work experience. Also any work/ volunteering within a Christian context that you have fulfilled and details of your current church involvement.

Initial contract length: 6 months

Application deadline: 30/08/2021

Qualified Riding Instructor

We are seeking a Sessional Qualified Volunteer Riding Instructor to enable our small Equestrian Project to recommence post Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. We previously provided 2 sessions per week for 2.5-3 hours per session but are open to fitting into whatever is available whether that is one session or two. Currently people are able only to groom or to help take the horse for a walk as we have no-one who holds the appropriate Qualification as a riding instructor. This role is paramount for the project to be re-established.

Travel and out of pocket expenses including the cost of personal indemnity insurance will be covered for this position

Objectives: Our skills training projects set out to offer meaningful therapeutic activities to people who are marginalised, and through them to encourage greater self-confidence and esteem. Through a variety of practical projects confidence is increased and damaged individuals are empowered to rebuild their lives by developing new attitudes, habits and skills. In some cases we have seen people successfully enter the job market or undertake higher education, Others have moved forward in confidence to overcome obstacles caused by abuse or neglect and addiction, thereby furthering their potential and rehabilitation.

The horses and particularly riding have been proven to be the point of breakthrough for many people who have struggled with their difficulties long-term. We are very keen to get back on board with this project.

Pastoral (Christian) Recovery Support Registered Manager

Good News Family Care is seeking a dynamic and motivated Christian woman to oversee a small team in the delivery of a Residential Substance Misuse Recovery Service and continuing Outreach Support. The programme is 12-steps based including one to one and group sessions and a variety of skills development projects with nationally recognised qualifications through the AIM programme. Activities include farm-based horticulture, crafts, animal husbandry and equine care.

We work with the whole family in a way that will bring them hope, encourage strong relationships and motivate and empower people for real and lasting change that will break the cycle of dysfunction for the next and future generations.

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Have vision and passion to further develop this ministry.
  • Have appropriate management skills and experience to undertake the role of CQC Registered Manager
  • Experience in supporting vulnerable women and children affected by substance misuse, mental health difficulties and domestic abuse.
  • Be able to demonstrate organisational skills and initiative for supporting residents.
  • Be able to create opportunities to support each resident to achieve their goals.
  • Show excellent communication skills, being able to work with the GNFC team and other stakeholders.
  • Use previous experience and training and attend further training where needed.
  • Be able to work flexibly, within a 7-day rota including weekend and overnight shifts.

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Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Permanent.

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