Violence Reduction Unit Housing Link Worker

Contract Type: 
Fixed term
Part time
Application deadline: 
Tuesday, 31 August, 2021 - 12:00
South Tyneside
Fixed Salary
Pro Rata
First Contact Clinical

Do you have experience or a passion for working with younger people (age 18-25 years) and/or individuals engaged in anti-social and/or offending behaviours? In addition, an ideal candidate would also have knowledge/experience of working in the housing sector, preferably in South Tyneside.

Do you have experience of delivering psychosocial interventions; have active listening skills, a high level of resilience and a passion for enabling people to make positive changes?

We asked the people who have experienced our service what matters to them in a worker. They said someone who is knowledgeable, can talk well, has a fun side, isn't timid, empathetic, not dominating and firm but fair. If you fit their description then we, and them, would love to hear from you!

As a Link Worker you will you will work with people to support them to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence to become active participants in looking after their own health. You will guide and support people to reflect on and change their health-related behaviours to help them reach their self-identified health and wellbeing goals. You will introduce or reconnect people to community groups and statutory services and work with local partners to identify gaps in local provision. You will be skilled in coaching, communication and behavioural change skills and are able to work alongside people (individually or in groups) at their starting point to encourage and support them to become more engaged in managing their own health.

You will be expected to work within clinical and community settings. You will support a caseload of people with complex social and emotional needs. This role will involve working across several teams, so you will be an enthusiastic worker, with excellent communication skills and a proven track record of high quality independent and team work. You will be caring, dedicated, reliable and person-focussed and enjoy working with a wide range of people. You will be highly motivated and proactive with a flexible attitude, keen to work and learn as part of a team, be solution focussed and committed to providing people, their families and carers with high quality support.

Full training will be provided and you will receive ongoing supervision to ensure continuous personal development and support you to reflect on your practice. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn and grow in a company, which is developing at a fast-pace and transforming culture, behaviours and attitudes.

Our Social Prescribing Link Workers complete our accredited Health Coaching skills programme, creating dual roles that work to agreed competencies.

Come and be a key player in an exciting and evolving service.

The Application Form and Job Description including Person Specification are available to download from

An enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) police record check in relation to vulnerable adults and children (previously known as CRB check) is required for this role. A driving licence and use of own vehicle is required for this role.

To apply please complete the employment application form and return it to

Assessment sessions and interviews will be held weekly.  Please submit your application as soon as practicably possible as we reserve the right to close the advert when the required amount of applications are received.

If you wish to discuss this position further, please contact Nicola Marlor, Gateways Cluster Lead, on 07704 004022