Turning Point Scotland are recruiting!

Innovation and Practice Lead – Homelessness

Salary: £36,779 – £41,497
Ref: 2222

TPS works with adults who are experiencing a range of support needs.  This includes housing and homelessness, learning disability, autism, acquired brain injury, fluctuating mental health, physical disabilities, problematic alcohol and/or other drug use and involvement in the criminal justice system. We believe that people matter. We believe they are the experts on their support needs. It is for us to work creatively with them and with partners to ensure we meet those needs.

Every day we work with well over 4,000 people and every year around 8,700.  We help them to address issues they are experiencing and recognise their own skills and interests.

We embed our approach to support in a framework of Citizenship. Using this we deliver a holistic approach promoting the recovery, self-determination and inclusion of people experiencing challenges in their life.  And we do this through focusing on their strengths and the valuable contributions they can make to their communities.

We define Citizenship as a measure of the strength of an individual’s connection to the 5 R’s of rightsresponsibilitiesrolesresources, and relationships that society makes available to its members.

Homelessness work within TPS 

TPS is the biggest provider of services to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness across Scotland. We deliver support to over 2800 individuals on any given day, and over 5,100 each year. This number increases when taking into account our services accessed through Justice or Alcohol and Other Drugs funding streams.

We believe that in many cases, Homelessness is entirely preventable.  It is failures in the siloed and complex systems that we have designed to protect people that stop us from achieving this. Where Homelessness is not or cannot be, prevented the experience should be short-lived, and we should meet that with a psychologically informed response. A menu of options should be available to individuals to prevent or support someone to move on from Homelessness.  This ensures we use a ‘no wrong door’ approach to accessing services.

We deliver a range of service models.  These include Outreach Housing Support; Outreach Housing First; Outreach Crisis Support; Supported Accommodation. In line with our Citizenship approach we have a specific focus on key areas.  These are; Building on people’s strengths, skills and interests as well as meeting their needs; Connecting people to communities, people and / or places; Harm reduction and / or Recovery; and providing a Psychologically informed / Trauma informed approach.

We also deliver a range of additional services across the country.  Examples include Peer Mentoring services, Community Connectors, TPS Moving Service and TPS Connects amongst many other initiatives.

We recognise the importance of animals in people’s lives and helping individuals move on from the trauma they have experienced. We are currently developing our policies and frameworks to engage with stakeholders and develop our policy and procedures to make our services as pet friendly as possible.

We are also active members of the European Federation of National Organisations with the Homeless (FEANTSA).

Based:          Head office Glasgow – However, consideration will be given to be based at any TPS office Scotland wide

Contract:      Full time permanent but secondments would be considered for 2 years

To support our continued growth and ambitions both within Homelessness and developing a Whole System Approach, we have created a brand new permanent role to help us to achieve our goals across these areas.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Head of Homelessness to lead on our strategy for Homelessness services, policy and practice within TPS, nationally and internationally.  The candidate will work towards our vision of Homelessness being seen as a Health and Social Care issue, imbedded within Health and Social Care Partnerships and integrated as part of a whole system approach. They will work across the different care groups and social issues where TPS deliver services e.g. Alcohol /Other Drugs, Justice, Mental Health etc.

The main responsibilities will be to:

  • Assist and lead on the co-ordination of the Homelessness forum, delivering on an agreed action plan
  • Enacting on a yearly agreed Stakeholder engagement plan on behalf of the Head of Homelessness and deputising for them at key meetings / partnerships
  • Operationalise non service specific developments within TPS and ensure continued management / oversight of them
  • Lead on practice developments within TPS, nationally and internationally, including our work with the Housing First Europe Hub.
  • Keep abreast of the evidence base, best practice and the policy landscape in relation to homelessness, and work closely with our Policy and Business Development Officer to inform and support our work to shape and influence external policy and practice
Please visit our website to apply;
Closing date: 31st March 2022
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