Job title: Project Worker
Job type: Permanent
Emp type: Full-time
Industry: Not for Profit and Charities
Salary type: Annual
Salary: GBP £19,019.00
Location: Belfast, United Kingdom
Job published: 18/10/2021
Job ID: 32254

Job Description

Happy Jobs NI are working on behalf of Depaul one of the UK's largest front-line charities in their search for a Project Worker

Based in their Belfast facility, the Stella Maris service operates on a 24-7 basis. This is a low threshold service working with people who have a long history of street drinking and homelessness, some of whom do not wish to cease drinking. This project delivers services based on the principles of harm reduction, providing care and support to this marginalised group.

Depaul’s mission is to end homelessness and change the lives of those affected by it, Project Worker’s play an integral role within the organisation and in helping to meet this mission.
Depaul are a value led organisation and aim, at all times, to live and breathe these values in their everyday work. Their values are based on four key principles:

· Celebrate the potential of people

· Put words into action

· Aim to take a wider role in civil society

· Believe in rights and responsibilities

The Package:

You will be joining an organisation that prioritises the well-being of all of its employees and volunteers and hence they provide employees with an industry leading package including:

  • 35 Days Annual Leave (Incl. 10 Statutory Holidays)
  • Exceptional Healthcare plan including access to free 24-hour counselling support
  • Industry leading training and opportunities to upskill
  • Excellent career progression opportunities (In the last 3 years 50% of Deputy Managers that have been appointed were Project Workers)


  • Basic salary:  Up to £19,019 per annum (£10.45 per hour)



The Stella Maris project delivers services based on the principles of harm reduction. As a Project Worker you will be part of the day support team, in which you will work on a rota basis and be responsible for the day to day running of the project, providing care and support to this marginalised group. Your responsibilities will include:


  • Providing needs led practical support and advice to those using the services. Our client is committed to providing a high standard of service provision where service users are empowered to manage their own lives and participate in future service development
  • Key working a number of service users on a regular basis, recording the work appropriately, advocating for them, organising their files, and updating the Line Manager and the team on progress as required
  • Ensuring that the practical needs of the service users are met (in conjunction with volunteers); i.e. Providing food, laundry, clean bedding, etc
  • Providing accommodation and support for people who have experience of being long term street homeless with alcohol misuse issues
  • Assessing the needs of the service users and to refer them on to appropriate agencies and advice projects
  • Liaising with stakeholders, external agencies and other voluntary organisations that may be supportive to service user needs
  • Being a contributing team player, taking part in handovers, team meetings, core training, the mentoring of volunteers and supporting other Team Members in ensuring all decision making is appropriate and consistent
  • Regularly updating your Line Manager on service user progress or regress and participate in regular supervision, annual appraisals and identifying your own professional development needs to further develop your role
  • Ensuring all policies and procedures are adhered too particularly child protection; health and safety; code of conduct and confidentiality
  • Undertaking your role in a professional manner maintaining a high quality standard of work in line with charity values and ethos



  • Experience of working with vulnerable adults with complex needs, 1 years paid experience or 2 years volunteering experience
  • Additional experience of completion of risk assessment and risk management processes (i.e. S/U risk assessment, lone working, activity risk assessments)
  • Further experience of compiling and presenting written and computerised reports
  • 3 GCSE’s A-C to include maths and English or equivalent
  • Working knowledge of using IT systems to record case notes
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • A good understanding of issues presented through alcohol /drug use
  • A working knowledge of relevant statutory and voluntary agencies and the ability to network/liaise with all relevant bodies
  • Knowledge and willingness to work within the guidelines and values of the charity

Please note:  In this position you'll be needed to work at weekends and some unsociable hours. Full details of how this will work will be revealed at interview.

Think that this Project Worker role is the perfect job for you? Then we'd love to hear from you.

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You could be right for this Project Worker position if you've previously worked as any of the following: Charity Volunteer, Project Worker or as a Support Officer, Support Worker, Case Worker, Project Officer, Care Worker.