The Dublin Region Homeless Executive is provided by Dublin City Council as the lead local authority in the response to homelessness in Dublin
and adopts a shared service approach across South Dublin County Council, Fingal County Council and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.


Peer support/ Advocate Role: Housing First

Mar 09, 2011

The Irish Advocacy Network Ltd (IAN) are seeking to recruit a peer support/ advocate person for the Housing First multi-disciplinary case management team. This position is supported by the Dublin Homeless Consultative Forum (formerly known as the Homeless Agency).


Housing First Project
The Housing First Project seeks to end the need to sleep rough for a number of entrenched rough sleepers in Dublin with significant support requirements. This group of individuals, over a number of years, have not engaged with the range of available accommodation/ social care/ primary care services. Current levels and methods of service provision have not proven effective in responding to the range of significant support needs of these individuals.
This project seeks to provide self-contained independent housing units for each participant, with the services of an intensive multi-disciplinary case management team providing visiting support to the person in their home.
Housing First (HF) Team members
Team members and roles:
(1) Housing services worker (& Team Leader)
(2) Regional Contact and Outreach Service keyworkers: two posts
(3) GP
(4) Nurse
(5) Substance Use Specialist & psychiatric nurse
(6) Peer support/ advocate worker
(7) Training Education & Employment Support
A peer support/ advocate person is sought to participate on an hourly contract basis on this Housing First Team.
All team members will:
· work as part of the Housing First Team to collaboratively employ the Homeless Agency case management model to meet the care and housing needs of participants in this project: ( )
· Liaise with the HF team and each participant to ensure the completion of a Holistic Needs Assessment, and the subsequent development of a Support Plan. This Support Plan seeks to support and maintain independent living, personal resilience and autonomy. The Support Plan is agreed with the participant, and clarifies actions required to address their needs, as identified during the assessment process. The support plan is reviewed and modified with the participant on a regular basis.
· attend weekly case review meetings
· provide supports to the participants via home visits, as required.
· engage with participants in line with Housing First Operational Procedures.
· provide accurate and up-to-date records of their engagements with participants in line with team procedures, and utilise PASS to do so.
In addition to the above, specific roles on the HF Team will provide specific services. In particular the Peer Support/ Advocate Person will:
· Work with HF team to provide peer support and advocacy to participants as required
· Provide information and support to the participant on their entitlements and complaint/ grievance and redress procedures as required
· Empower and support participants to identify and access self-help and other support groups and services as required
· Empower and support participants to engage with service providers as required
· Experience of homelessness, or an awareness of homeless services in Dublin would be advantageous
· Participate in support and supervision processes of IAN. This will involve an introductory session on start-up, plus one face-to-face session monthly, and weekly phone calls
Peer Support/ Advocate Requirements:
· All service users will be located in Dublin and support will primarily be provided to the person in their home.
· Patience, creativity, flexibility, empathy, compassion, and sensitivity to persons with mental health support needs, who are formerly homeless.
· Self-experience of mental health difficulties: Past or current recipient of mental health services (and also preferably homeless services)
· Career (paid or unpaid) experience in social services, supported housing, or with persons with disabilities.
· Excellent communication, writing, and computer skills.
· Ability to travel in the Dublin city area.
The peer support role will be hosted by, and line managed by the Irish Advocacy Network. While some flexibility is required, in general hours to be worked will be negotiated at Housing First case review meetings, on a monthly basis, and confirmed with line management in the I.A.N.
Resources have been secured to finance this post for 9 months. It is expected that further resources will be identified to finance this post during the project period.
The Housing First Team will work with a rolling entry caseload: initially one case, and over the course of one year increase to 20 cases. This will mean that hours to be worked will be low for the first 3 months, and increase as the year progresses and caseload increases. Initial commitment from the peer support/ advocate person would be expected to be 7hrs per week for the first 3 months and 14hrs per week for the following 6 months.
Closing date for applications will be Friday 25th March 2011
Please apply with CV to: Breda Mc Mahon, Irish Advocacy Network Ltd, C/O Health Care Unit, St Davnett’s, Rooskey, Monaghan Town, Co. Monaghan.
Candidates for this position will be shortlisted for interview, and interviews will take place on Thursday 14th April in Parkgate Hall, 6-9 Conyngham Rd Dublin 8.