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Support Workers for The Homeless Advice and Resilience Project (HARP) in Rochdale

1 x Full Time – 37 hours per week, £19,120 – £21,693 dependent on experience

1 x Part Time – 18.50 hours per week, £9,560 – £10,846.50 dependent on experience

Fixed term contract until August 2021


What we are looking for

We’re looking for two dynamic support workers with relevant experience to provide intensive, person centred support to challenging, vulnerable and excluded homeless people in crisis. We’re looking for enthusiastic people who see solutions instead of just problems.

About Us

Operating since 1993, our ethos is centred around developing innovative, solution-focused services for homeless households to create a positive difference to the lives of our service users. At the heart of what we do lies a commitment to reach out to the most excluded and disadvantaged people. We don’t give up on those who have given up on themselves or waiver in our belief that, with the right support, everyone has the ability to learn, grow and develop.

Our vision is to achieve a safe, accessible, just and sustainable private rented housing sector for people on low incomes.

About the role

As a support worker for HARP, you will provide both short-term crisis support and longer-term intensive 1-1 support to excluded and vulnerable households. The HARP project adopts a strengths-based approach to working with service users with multiple and complex needs. This approach moves away from focussing purely on ‘needs’; rather it is client-led, with a focus on their assets, future outcomes and the strengths people bring to a problem or crisis. If you believe that people should have a say in their support, and that they should be empowered to make meaningful life choices, then this could be the job for you.

About you

To succeed you’ll need:

  • At least 2 years, full time (or part time equivalent) of proven experience of support work empowering people to achieve sustainability and make positive choices.
  • A good understanding of the services and provision generally available for vulnerable and homeless people in crisis, and experience of accessing these services.
  • Excellent personal communication skills to enable effective interaction with people from a whole variety of backgrounds, as well as an ability to engage empathetically and sensitively with vulnerable people in crisis.
  • A valid driving licence and use of a car for work.

Benefits – a good place to work

For the right candidate, we offer:

  • 27 days holiday plus bank holidays increasing on an annual basis after the second year of continuous service, rising to a maximum 32 days per annum (pro rata for the part time post).
  • Flexible working hours and enhanced family friendly policies.
  • Free regular eye tests and flu jabs.
  • Significant opportunities for learning, training and development.
  • Be part of a supportive, knowledgeable and welcoming team.
  • Investment in staff as assets to the organisation.
  • Involvement in shaping new creative ways of working.

We are extremely proud of our small, friendly and supportive team, who live our values and who are committed to making a difference every day. We pride ourselves in being an innovative organisation, where every team member is valued; has the ability to influence the development of our services; and is given learning and development opportunities to help them achieve their full potential.

“I enjoy being trusted to manage my own workload, being involved in developing the service and the support and opportunities there are to develop my career,” Bond Board Employee.

We pride ourselves on having a very committed and dedicated workforce; two-thirds of our employees have been with us for more than 5 years.

How to apply    

An application form and further details about the role are available to download below


For the full time position:

Application Form FT

Job description FT

Person Specification


For the part time position:

Application Form PT

Job description PT

Person Specification


Important information for both roles:

Application covering note

Guidance notes

Info about HARP

Bond Board general info

Equal Opps statement

DBS Policy Statement

Declaration of Previous Convictions form

Job applicant Privacy Notice


The closing date for completed application forms is Monday 25th February 2019 at 10am.

The Bond Board’s approach to recruitment is to ensure that the process is fair, transparent, consistent and accessible.  For this reason, only applications received on The Bond Board’s application form will be considered, as we anonymise applications forms by removing all personnel and monitoring information before short-listing takes place.  Please do not send CVs as we will not be able to take these into account.

Please note that this position requires an enhanced DBS check.

The Bond Board is an Equal Opportunities employer and we welcome applications from the whole community.

Registered Charity Number: 1040176