Young People’s Rough Sleeper Navigator

Job Title:  Young People’s Rough Sleeper Navigator

Summary of role:  We have an opportunity for a new colleague to join us to work with up to 15 young people who have fallen through gaps between services. As part of our innovative Bristol Youth MAPS team and a wider partnership, you will help young people move from rooflessness to securing and sustaining a safe space and making progress towards their aspirations and goals, you can help to transform lives!

We are a leading youth homelessness charity based in the South West, working with over 2,500 young people. We have strong local partnerships and adhere to best practice in the sector. We build trusting relationships between our young people and our colleagues and this is at the core of our work.

What we are looking for:

  • You can demonstrate great skills and enthusiasm in supporting and enabling vulnerable young people.
    • You are confident in your experience of navigating the complex world of housing and support services.
    • You are a strong team player who can make excellent links with colleagues both in our charity and the wider sector.
    • You have an excellent understanding of safeguarding including contextual safeguarding.

What you will be doing:

  • Using your flexible people skills and positive attitude you will achieve great outcomes for a caseload of young people who are unable to find accommodation through the usual routes due to their accommodation history and/or level of support needed.
    • By being organised, attentive and conscious of risks facing young people who are roofless, you will develop detailed safeguarding plans with the young people and other agencies.
    • Through joint working with colleagues in other teams, you will facilitate excellent links between young people’s housing and outreach services for rough sleepers.

You will be in the Bristol Support team, and based mainly at our Youth MAPS office, in the heart of Bristol’s vibrant city centre, within walking distances of both the main train and bus stations. Your line manager will be our Bristol Youth MAPS Manager.

What we are offering:

  • A friendly and welcoming team
    • 30 days holiday
    • An opportunity to work in a Psychologically Informed Environment
    • A really supportive team with the opportunity to learn from our own and each other’s experiences through monthly Reflective Practice sessions.

Contract details:

Important dates:

  • Application deadline closes: 23:59, 01 March 2020.
    • If you have not heard from us by 05 March 2020 please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.
    • Interviews are on 05 March 2020.

Covering Letter / Supporting Statement Guidance:

Please note that the online application form cannot be saved until it is fully complete. We recommend that you prepare your Covering Letter before you start the online application.

Your Covering Letter is essentially your Supporting Statement and will form the most important basis on which your skills, experience and behavioural competencies will be tested against the job criteria. Without it, your application cannot progress to the shortlisting stage.

You should refer to the Person Specification document within the Job Pack and cover only the elements that are tested at this stage of the recruitment process. Elements that only have the word ‘interview’ next to them will be tested at the next stage of the process and do not need to be covered in your letter.

Please try to keep the word limit to 250 words per criterion.


Equal opportunities for everyone:

We safeguard and promote the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Any job offer will depend on a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Barred List Disclosure Check.

We believe those with a criminal record should have an equal chance to become employees or volunteers. We also pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer for everyone regardless of age, disability, gender identity, race, religion and beliefs, sex and sexual orientation. We are particularly keen to increase applications from Black and Minority Ethnic groups as they are currently under-represented.

Please see our Policies section on the website, for further information. If you need an adjustment made to any part of the recruitment process, please let us know as soon as possible.

Application deadline: 01/03/2020