Support/Project Workers – Transitional Housing


Recruiting Organisation: YMCA DownsLink Group               

Working hours: Full-time (37.5 hours per week)
Salary: £24,445 per annum
Contract: Permanent
Location: Crawley and Burgess Hill



West Sussex Transitional Team works with young people who still need support but are a little more independent, supporting them to get ready to move on to full independence. As a service, they provide a safe and welcoming environment for young people, with their aspirations and desires always at the forefront of the support they offer. The experienced and committed staff team adopt a trauma informed and psychologically informed approach to supporting young people to fulfil their aspirations and ambitions. They take an asset-based approach to actively encourage young people into education, employment, and training.


The Role:

They are looking for a permanent, full-time (37.5 hours per week) Support Project Worker to join the highly motivated and energetic team across Crawley and Burgess Hill.

  • In this role you will support a caseload of young people or adults at risk, using a trauma informed and advantage thinking approach to support them in achieving their goals.
  • This is challenging yet rewarding work where no two days are the same.
  • A key focus will be to coach young people to manage their occupancy agreement and adhere to house rules, in preparation for independent living and promote a credit culture, encouraging young people to keep up to date with all payments for rent.
  • You will promote involvement in group-work and activities to develop skills, enter education and seek employment, volunteering, and training opportunities.
  • You will ensure young people are encouraged to take responsibility and action in their own personal development and keep clear records of the young person’s journey in relation to their needs, risks, strengths / assets, and outcomes.
  • You will record all incidents, accidents and safeguarding issues that require further investigation, and share appropriately e.g. with project staff, the on-call manager.
  • There will be times when loan working will be a requirement for this role.

This role is mainly on site, with occasional home working but travelling across Burgess Hill and Crawley, working Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. It’s essential you hold a current driving license and have access to a vehicle as you will traveling between Burgess Hill and Crawley with possibly of other sites in West Sussex such as Horsham and Worthing.


Who You Are:

A successful applicant will love being involved in the support and growth of young people. You will be experienced and passionate about working directly with young people and unaccompanied asylum seekers aged 16-25, being able to engage and relate well to this age group and have a strong understanding of the key risks, challenges, and opportunities for young people. You will already be a team player but also able to work on your own initiative and feel comfortable doing lone work at times.

You will have sound knowledge of safeguarding procedures in relation to young people and/or vulnerable adults, and the ability to maintain professional boundaries (training provided). You will be a confident and capable communicator along with being self-aware to empower but also, challenge and support when appropriate.

Candidates will already have the right to live and work in the UK

There may be great candidates who will not fit everything described above, or who have important skills not mentioned. If that is you, please do not hesitate to apply and tell them about yourself.


How to apply:


If you would like an informal discussion about this post, please contact


YMCA DownsLink Group welcomes applications from all sections of the community. They value diversity and promote inclusion, which they demonstrate through their activities, as well as in their policies and working practices. Reinforced by their culture and values, they seek to create an inspiring and inclusive place to work.

YMCA DLG requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to respond proactively to safeguarding concerns. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).


Closing Date: 26 September 2022


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