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Housing Keyworker

DENS is a well-established Dacorum based charity providing a range of services to support people who are homeless or on the edge of homelessness.  We have a 44 bed hostel in Redborn Road, Hemel Hempstead as well as 8 HMO and flats within Hemel Hempstead.

We are looking to recruit a Housing Key Worker to join our team based at The Elms Hostel. The successful applicant must be passionate about supporting the homeless and will be responsible for a caseload of 15 homeless clients and will have to support them with practical support such as, benefits, GP, mental health and payment of rent/service charges

Applicants with experience of working in a homeless setting and have strong experience with substance/alcohol misuse would be desirable, however not essential.  This is a fulltime post

The successful Key worker will need to

  • Be familiar with support/key work and understanding of a hostel environment
  • Be available to work shifts and flexible hours if required.
  • Conscientiously track and record residents’ journeys through support plans
  • Available to meet vulnerable clients within their homes and DENS offices
  • Have a good understanding and knowledge of state benefits
  • Spot and develop service users’ talents and assets
  • Encourage clients to join in the day to day activities within DENS, as they work on improving the skills they’ll need to live independently and find employment

Any offer of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and Enhanced DBS check.

A valid UK drivers licence and vehicle is essential

Please send your CV to office@dens.org.uk, the closing date for applications is Monday 9th July 2018.

TSO Maternity Cover

DENS is a well-established provider of accommodation for people who have experienced homelessness. We have a 44 bed hostel in Redbourn Road, Hemel Hempstead as well as 8 HMO and flats within Hemel Hempstead.

We are looking for a Tenancy Support Officer (TSO) to join our Rent Aid team based at The Elms Hostel, but working and visiting clients across Dacorum. The successful applicant must be passionate about supporting the homeless and will be responsible for a caseload of 15 homeless clients and will have to support them with practical support such as, benefits, GP, mental health and payment of rent/service charges

Applicants with experience of working in a homeless setting and have strong experience with substance/alcohol misuse would be desirable, however not essential.  This is a 12 month maternity cover, working 32.5 hours a week.

The successful TSO will need to:

  • Be confident in lone working and have knowledge of lone worker policies
  • Conscientiously track and record residents’ journeys through support plans
  • Available to meet vulnerable clients within their homes and DENS offices
  • Have a good understanding and knowledge of state benefits
  • Spot and develop service users’ talents and assets
  • Encourage clients to join in the day to day activities within DENS, as they work on improving the skills they’ll need to live independently and find employment

Any offer of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and Enhanced DBS check.

A valid UK drivers licence and vehicle is essential

Please send your CV to office@dens.org.uk, the closing date for applications is Monday 9th July 2018

Volunteer for DENS

"The biggest contributor to DENS is not government, council or business; it's our volunteers giving their time, free of charge" - DENS Board Member

Our amazing volunteers won the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2016. We are now looking for volunteers to join DENS and help us in supporting vulnerable people within our local community.
 

Can you make a regular commitment to help us, ideally at the same time each week?

We have the following opportunities available for volunteers immediately:

Volunteering at the Furniture Warehouse

Our friendly and dedicated team are currently looking for reliable Van Drivers and Drivers Mates to help with our furniture deliveries and collections and Warehouse Assistants to provide general help at the warehouse. This is a chance to really help people in urgent need in our area for a few hours per week. Various times and days available.

Email volunteering@dens.org.uk today to find out more, when emailing please provide a contact number.

Volunteering at The Elms

Are you a warm and friendly person who enjoys meeting new people? Are you over 25 years of age? Would you like a volunteer role that is available during the evenings and weekends as a well as during the day?

We are currently recruiting Volunteer Receptionists to greet residents and visitors at The Elms, our hostel. You will be the first point of contact for people entering and leaving the building and for our residents who may have queries. Full training will be provided. Shifts are available Monday to Friday 9am-1pm, 1pm-5pm and 5pm-8pm. On Saturdays and Sundays there is one shift each day 10am-2pm. Once the recruitment procedure is completed you will be provided with access to an online calendar so that you can sign up for shifts.

Email volunteering@dens.org.uk today to find out more, when emailing please provide a contact number.

Ad hoc Volunteering

Fundraising Events

Throughout the year we run various events to raise awareness about our work and much needed funds to continue our services. We always need volunteers of all shapes and sizes to help run stalls selling cakes or registering event participants, setting up or putting away equipment, collecting money and handing out leaflets, and much more.

Contact us on fundraising@dens.org.uk or 01442 800268 and we'll let you know whenever there's an event coming up.

Decorating, Gardening, Spring Cleaning

From time to time we have ad-hoc tasks such as decorating, clearing a garden or doing a big Spring Clean. If you are a community group or a business then this can be a fun way to team build. We would love to hear from you.

Email our Relationship Manager, linda.kirkland@dens.org.uk today to find out more.

 

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