INTENSIVE SUPPORT WORKER

INTENSIVE SUPPORT WORKER
 

35 hours per week: starting salary £25,801

 

Fixed contract from date of appointment to end September 2021

 

Working closely with multi-disciplinary teams in key HIV clinics in Greater Manchester, you will assess and address the needs of people living with HIV who are in crisis and/or who have complex needs, for example relating to homelessness, substance misuse, poverty, and/or mental health issues, through comprehensive needs assessment, planning and appropriate interventions.

 

You will provide intensive support to help achieve and maintain good HIV health; including support to improve clinic engagement, advocating and signposting to other relevant organisations and supporting good adherence to HIV medication. 

 

You will work closely with clinics and specialist organisations in Greater Manchester and develop strong professional relationships with them in order to be able to provide the best possible holistic support.

 

You will need to have proven skills and experience of working with and advocating on behalf of people with complex needs. Ideally you will have a good basic knowledge of HIV and of some of the issues faced by people living with HIV.

 

You will be passionate about working within a service delivery ethos of respect, empowerment and inclusion and you will be committed to embracing diversity and challenging HIV stigma and discrimination.

 

A full UK driver’s licence is desirable for this role.

 

The nature of this work will require the successful candidate to undertake an enhanced DBS check.

 

You will find a job pack with a job description, person specification and application form here.

 

Please note that, during the Covid-19 pandemic and because of ongoing restrictions the successful candidate should be prepared to provide this support by phone, or online where appropriate, either from the George House Trust office or from home. A laptop and mobile phone will be provided.

 

Applications must reach us by 9.00am on Wednesday September 30th. Any applications received after this deadline will not be considered. Interviews will be held on Monday October 12th.  

 

This project sits within the ‘Ending all new cases of HIV in Greater Manchester in a Generation’ (‘HIV-E’) programme, funded and led by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.

 

Tuesday, 15 September, 2020

Online Radical Self-Care Course for people who identify as LGBT

 

We are pleased to be able to offer an 8-week programme aimed at improving your emotional wellbeing.  The course is being delivered by ‘Rainbow Mind’ and is targeted at people who identify as LGBT.

 

The programme, which is named ‘Radical self-care’, takes place over 8 weeks and aims to improve your mental well-being, resilience and to foster a sense of connectedness with yourself and others.  You will learn mindfulness and self-care techniques which can be particularly helpful in these challenging times.

 

The course will be delivered online for two hours each week by two experienced practitioners.  You will also be given recorded practices to download and use between sessions.  By the end of the course you will have a personal toolkit of practical resources to help support your emotional wellbeing. 

 

The course starts on Wednesday 16th September, 6-8pm. Sessions will take place every Wednesday for 8 weeks.  If you would like to be referred to the course or would like to find out more, please email Joshua or give him a call on 0161 274 4499. 

 

Monday, 7 September, 2020

Would you benefit from life coaching?

 

We are now offering life coaching as part of the ‘Better Together’ project.  The service, which is provided by accredited coaches, is being delivered by ‘Results CIC’ a community interest company that works with people who feel marginalised or excluded, with the aim of increasing their confidence in their abilities and supporting them to reach their full potential.

 

We can fund up to 10 sessions with a coach and these can be delivered face-to-face (when we’re back open), online via ‘Zoom’ or ‘Skype’ or over the phone.  Sessions normally last one hour.

 

The aim of coaching is to empower you to make positive changes to your life through a series of focussed conversations where you look at your current situation, decide what you want and then work with your coach to decide on the necessary steps to get there.

 

It can be particularly beneficial for people who are:

  • Recently diagnosed and re-assessing life choices and possibilities
  • Recently granted leave to remain in the UK
  • Underemployed or doing a ‘lower’ job than qualified for
  • Seeking new challenges or wanting to change direction in life
  • Long-term unemployed but now preparing to return to work

 

The service is open to anyone living with HIV – including peer mentors.  If you feel that you’d benefit email joshua or call 0161 274 4499.

Friday, 4 September, 2020

Interested in becoming a Peer Mentor?

 

Do you want to use your own experiences to help other people living with HIV?  If you do, we will be running our next mentoring course in October as part of the Better Together project.

 

The course aims to equip you with the skills and confidence to support others live well with HIV.

 

Due to Covid-19 the course is being delivered on-line and in-person.  You will need to be able to commit to three evening Zoom sessions and one day (probably a Saturday) at George House Trust.

 

If you are interested, or want to find out more, email Joshua or call 0161 274 4499.  You can find out more about the role here.

Wednesday, 2 September, 2020

Take Part In A Project On Ageing With HIV In Manchester

 

What’s it like to get older as a person living with HIV in Manchester?  Are all the services you need available?  Do they work well together?

 

The National AIDS Trust (NAT) has been working to improve the way that healthcare and other services related to well-being, such as social care and support services, are all properly joined up.

 

Now, NAT and George House Trust want to make sure services work well for older people living with HIV in Manchester.  They want to speak to local people about what they need, and then they want to work with service providers to see how those needs can be met.

 

If you are over 45, use HIV services in Manchester, and would like to share your experiences, we want to hear from you.  We are especially keen to hear from people who need additional services (for example, if you see a specialist for heart condition, use mental health services, or have social care needs).

 

We will be holding a workshop in the near-future, more information will be sent out soon.

Tuesday, 1 September, 2020

 

GEORGE HOUSE TRUST APPOINTS CEO

 

George House Trust is delighted to announce that its Board Of Trustees has appointed Darren Knight as Chief Executive Officer.  Darren’s appointment will commence on 28 September 2020.

 
Darren said 

"As someone who has seen the amazing work of George House Trust evolve over the years and the organisation’s excellent record in tackling stigma, providing services, support and influencing change, I’m both delighted and excited to be joining the team.  I’m totally committed to ensuring the work that George House Trust delivers continues to meet the diverse and changing needs of people living with and affected by HIV in my role as Chief Executive".

Darren has over 14 years’ experience of working in charities and joins George House Trust from Bolton CVS, where he’s been the Chief Executive for the last 5 years.

 
Darren also worked for Shelter as a Development Manager on the Inspiring Change Manchester programme and spent almost 9 years working for the Lesbian & Gay Foundation (now LGBT Foundation), where he was the Head of Policy and Engagement.

 
In his spare time, Darren is a Trustee for Lloyds Bank Foundation and Lancashire LGBT, as well as being a volunteer mentor for young people with Bolton Lads and Girls Club and a volunteer befriender for older people with Senior Solutions.  He lives in Westhoughton with his husband, Andy and their dog Fletcher.

 

Jo Hancock, Chair of The Trustees said

 “I'm delighted to announce the appointment of Darren as the new Chief Executive for George House Trust, and welcome him to the organisation.  Darren will be a strong and passionate leader, and his commitment to the cause will ensure that George House Trust continues to challenge stigma and provide innovative services that meet the needs of our diverse client group".

 

Thursday, 30 July, 2020

LATEST NEWS ON COVID-19 FROM AIDSMAP

Latest News on COVID-19 from Aidsmap

 

Aidsmap report that two UK studies have found a link between HIV infection and an increased risk of dying from Covid-19. You can read the full article here

Thursday, 13 August, 2020

Experiences of Black African Women Living With HIV

 

Shiraaz Sidat is a Sexual Health Care Coordinator who is also an MSc Health Psychology student at the University College of London.  Shiraaz is working on a project which explores the experiences of Black African women living with HIV in the UK.  

 

The project is using in-depth analysis and interviews, with the aim of better understanding the experiences of women in order to inform the development of support services for this group.  They are looking for people to get involved and everyone who completes an interview will receive a £15 Amazon voucher.

 

To participate, you must be a Black African woman who has been resident in the UK for at least two years.  You need to have identified as female from birth and be between the ages of 25 and 45.  Additionally, you need to be accessing clinical care and to have had an undetectable viral load for at least six months.

 

For further information and to find out how you can get involved, please visit their website.  You can also contact Shiraaz by email.

Friday, 17 July, 2020

HEALTHWATCH MANCHESTER SURVEY'S

Healthwatch Manchester Surveys

 

Healthwatch Manchester is the independent consumer champion. It was created to listen and gather the public and patient’s experiences of using local health and social care services.  This includes services like GPs, pharmacists, hospitals, dentists, care homes and community based care.  Healthwatch Manchester are currently conducting surveys which may be of interest to you.  Please note these surveys are only for residents of the city of Manchester.

 

COVID-19 Survey

 

Since the beginning of the pandemic Healthwatch Manchester have been contacted by residents from across Manchester who have raised concerns about their health and social care.  In response to this, Healthwatch Manchester launched a COVID-19 survey, so they can better understand the challenges which people have faced when accessing healthcare over the last few months.

 

Healthwatch Manchester especially need to know about the impact it is having on individuals and communities with protected characteristics, such as BAME, LGBTQ+, long term conditions, learning disabilities.  Please help them to amplify your voice and make sure no-one is left behind.

 

If you would like to share your healthcare experiences, good or bad, to help Healthwatch Manchester improve local services then they would love for you to complete their short survey which you can access here.

 

De-registration Survey

 

Healthwatch Manchester have heard numerous accounts from people who have been deregistered from a GP Practice, and as a result they are launching a new survey to find out the true picture across Manchester.  Healthwatch Manchester are particularly interested in hearing from people who have experienced homeless and how this impacted upon their registration with a GP.

 

People who are experiencing homelessness often suffer from poor health outcomes, especially when they have pre-existing medical conditions.  Research conducted by Public Health England found that 41% of homeless people had reported a long-term physical health problem and 45% reported a mental health problem.  These figures are almost double that of the general population, highlighting the added importance of ensuring that homeless people have access to medical care.

 

Once a homeless person is deregistered from a GP practice it can be very difficult for them to get registered again.  Despite NHS guidelines making it clear that you do not need to have a fixed address to register with a GP, we commonly hear this as a reason given for refusing a registration.  This is why it is so important to ensure that patients are not deregistered in the first place, and Healthwatch Manchester are very keen to hear the experiences which homeless people have gone through with deregistration.

 

The short survey can be found here.

 

Alternatively, you can audio record (voice memo) the answers to the questions within the survey and then email the audio file to info@healthwatchmanchester.co.uk.

 

Please let Healthwatch Manchester know if you would like a copy of the questions.  You can also phone Healthwatch Manchester on 0161 228 1344 or visit their website here.

Friday, 17 July, 2020

 

GEORGE HOUSE TRUST RECEIVES THE QUEEN'S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE  

 

Our volunteers have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. 

 

George House Trust has been providing HIV support, advice and advocacy services to improve health outcomes since 1985, we are a service user-centred organisation with a diverse team of highly trained and knowledgeable staff and volunteers.

 

George House Trust is one of 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year.  The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them. 

 

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities.  It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.  Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.  Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse.   They include volunteer groups from across the UK, including a community shop in Cornwall, an environmental group in Swansea, a group working with refugees and vulnerable people in Stirling and a thriving community arts centre in County Down.

 

Representatives of George House Trust will receive the award from Sir Warren Smith, Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester later this summer.

 

George House Trust’s Volunteer Co-ordinator, Rachel Purvis says:

“We are thrilled and honoured that the hard work and commitment of George House Trust’s volunteers has been recognised at this level. We could not deliver our wide variety of support services to people living with HIV in Greater Manchester and the wider North West without the dedication and hard work of our amazing volunteer team. Everything each and every one of our volunteers does contributes to our vision - for people living with HIV to live healthy lives free from stigma and discrimination. We could not be prouder of them all.”

 

George House Trust is one of the longest serving HIV charities in the UK.  Launched in July 1985, we have been providing support services to people living with HIV, their carers, partners and families across the North-West of England for over 34 years.  We work with children, young people and adults, delivering support through relevant and timely interventions, which focus on empowerment and strengthening confidence to live a fulfilling and healthy life.  We are recognised nationally as an organisation that has developed innovative responses to the needs of people living with HIV. We are also recognised for our commitment to being a service user-centered charity, putting service users at the heart of its decision making processes and governance.  All our services are provided free of charge.

Tuesday, 2 June, 2020

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