Jobs

BHT's HR teamBHT employs around 250 staff, in a range of therapeutic, advice, and support roles.

We have offices across Brighton and Hove along with residential and advice services in Eastbourne and Hastings. BHT is an equal opportunities employer using a fair and open recruitment  process and complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

For enquiries about current vacancies, or to be added to the BHT jobs mailing list, please send an email to jobs@bht.org.uk or telephone Nick Matthews, Tess Hill or Gemma Baldwin on 01273 645472

    Housing & Benefits Advisor:
    BHT Hastings Advice
    Location: Hastings
    Reference Number: 827
    Hours per Week: 37
    Salary: £22,185 per annum

    This new post is funded through the STAR project to provide housing and benefits advice to the clients of the STAR Project who have drug and alcohol issues so that the clients can concentrate on their pathway to recovery without the continued worry of housing or benefit issues.

    The post will be working within the Hastings, Eastbourne and Uckfield STAR offices and will work closely with staff at STAR to ensure effective referrals are made to the housing/benefit adviser for those clients who require housing and benefit advice and to arrange referrals for specialist advice if required.

    The adviser will have experience of providing independent advice in relation to housing /homelessness and welfare benefits.

    It is essential for this post to be a car owner and be flexible with travelling to the three localities.

    Experience of working with people who have drug and alcohol issues is also essential.

    Fixed Term Contract to 31st March 2017

    Closing Date: 12 noon, Monday 19th January 2015
    Interview Date: Tuesday 27th January 2015
    Job DetailsJob DescriptionPerson Specification
      Deputy Manager:
      Archway Project
      Location: Based in Hove working across both Sackville Gardens and Portland Road
      Reference Number: 813
      Hours per Week: 37
      Salary: £26,574 per annum

      Archway Project

      The Archway project operates across a range of houses and flats in Brighton and Hove. It provides both Residential care home and Supported housing services to vulnerable adults with mental health support needs.

      To assist with the day to day management of the Sackville Gardens & Portland Road projects, Registered care and supported housing service and to take responsibility for specified projects in agreement with the operational manager. To deputise for the operational manager in their absence.

      The principle aims of the service are to ensure that tenancies are sustained and that a range of support needs are met, including access to mental health services, clients benefits being maximised, the provision of practical help, budgeting support, equipping clients with the necessary skills to enable move on.

       Essential Experience Skills/Ability/Knowledge:

      • Significant experience of working with vulnerable adults with mental health support needs in a residential or non-residential setting.
      • Experience of working with people with mental health support needs, plus one or more of the following: substance/alcohol misuse, personality disorders, self-harm, resettlement, obsessive/addictive disorders, low self-esteem, worked with ex-offenders.
      • Experience of staff management and supervision
      • Experience of Assessment, Support Planning and Case Working, including setting realistic and attainable goals.
      • Experience of change management.
      • The ability to supervise staff and develop good working relationships.
      • Experience of building up effective working relationships with voluntary and statutory organisations.
      • A good knowledge of relevant housing/mental health/ Community Care legislation.
      • Ability to plan own work, work independently, under pressure, effectively prioritise and deal with stress.
      • Excellent IT skills including Microsoft office programs such as Outlook, Word, Excel.
      • Ability to take responsibility and make decisions.

       Interviews will take place on Tuesday 20th January and Wednesday 21st January 2015

      Closing Date: 12 noon, Monday 12th January 2015
      Interview Date: Tuesday 20th January 2015
      Job DetailsJob DescriptionPerson Specification
        Administration Co-ordinator:
        Addiction Services
        Location: Brighton
        Reference Number: 65
        Hours per Week: 37
        Salary: £20,414 per annum

        Addiction Services

        BHT Addiction Services provides residential housing projects with programmes of support for men and women seeking abstinence and life recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.  The different stages of residential recovery support offered are: Detox Support Project, The Recovery Project and Move-On Services.  All our projects aim to empower people to rebuild their lives from addiction and become more healthy, independent and positive members of the community.

        Fixed-Term contract (6 months)

        To ensure that all aspects of administration within the BHT Addiction Services are developed and delivered effectively and efficiently and that policy and practice is implemented to ensure the smooth running of the service.

        Closing Date: 12 noon, Wednesday 7th January 2015
        Interview Date: Wednesday 14th January 2015
        Job DetailsJob DescriptionPerson Specification
          Project Consultant:
          Fulfilling Lives, Multiple and Complex Needs
          Location: Brighton
          Reference Number: 833
          Hours per Week: 18.5
          Salary: £19,857 per annum pro rata

          Fulfilling Lives: Multiple and Complex Needs South East Project

          The purpose of the Fulfilling Lives Project, funded by The Big Lottery is to bring about lasting change in how services work with people with multiple and complex needs. The project will operate in Brighton and Hove, Eastbourne and Hastings and will be delivered by different delivery partners in each area.

          BHT is the lead organisation for the South East Partnership.

           This is an exciting development opportunity for individuals who have personal experience of complex needs and of using support services. The post will involve working with service users and the staff team to review and improve services for people with multiple and complex needs. The job includes a comprehensive training program and supervision. Help to move on to other vocational opportunities will also be provided at the end of the project.

          You will need to show knowledge of local agencies in the area you wish to apply, have experience of representing service user’s views through organised forums, groups or by being a Peer Mentor, have excellent communication skills and be passionate about improving services for people with complex needs.

          The Project Consultants will engage with people who experience or have experienced multiple and complex needs, including people with dual diagnosis and women with complex needs. Due to the nature of the role and the client base this post is restricted to female applicants only.

          Fixed Term Contract until 20 October 2015

          The post is restricted to female applicants only under Section 7(2) (e) of the Equalities Act 2010.

          Closing Date: 12 noon, Monday 5th January 2015
          Interview Date: Monday 12th January 2015
          Job DetailsJob DescriptionPerson Specification
            Project Worker (Two posts):
            Recovery Project
            Location: Brighton
            Reference Number: 35
            Hours per Week: 37
            Salary: £23,129 per annum

            Two Project Worker Posts    

            BHT’s Addiction Services provide a residential 12 Step and CBT integrated treatment programme for men and women who are committed to abstinence and life recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol.

            The Project Worker will be part of a staff team supporting clients with a wide range of individual and group therapeutic interventions. The role requires experience, skills and a theoretical understanding of individual and group therapeutic process in the context of abstinence-based residential addiction treatment.

            We are looking for someone with a creative, resourceful and flexible approach to helping clients rebuild their lives in abstinence-based recovery.

            Closing Date: 12 noon, Friday 19th December 2014
            Interview Date: Wednesday 7th January 2015
            Job DetailsJob DescriptionPerson Specification

              Sign up to BHT’s Free Digital Newsletter

              Sign up to BHT’s free digital newsletter by entering your full name and email address in the boxes below.

              • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
              ×

              Richardson’s Yard Interviews – Phoenix

              Can you start off by telling me how you have found the last six months since moving into Richardson’s Yard?

              Yes, its been really good, its was quite challenging to adjust to to start with. When we first moved in, the furniture was still being put together.

              The space is so unique that it was a bit difficult to try and figure out where the bedroom would go etc. I have settled in really well now. It has been a bit cold, because I guess, at the end of the day, I am living in a 40 ft. square box and it can be a bit cold. We have had some problems with the heating and so I have bought a new heater with a timer. It’s also taken some time to get used to the electricity because it was running out really quickly. Its just lots of tweaks and adjustments. But living up in the 5th floor is amazing, the light comes through so that heats this flat up really well. Everyone is really friendly here, we don’t talk as much as we probably should but we have that neighbourhood thing where everyone says hello. I think there were some problems at the start where people were having parties but yeah, it has gone really well.

              Did you have any reservations about moving into Richardson’s Yard?

              I was a little concerned but also excited.

              I was concerned because it seemed to be taking a long time to get them finished and the moving date was moved. I was wondering what I was coming into. I knew fairly early on that I would be living on the top floor and that was great because I don’t think I would want to be any further down. I like being up high and having the quiet. I knew we would get a lot of interest from the press and I had some reservations about the slant that the media used that Richardson’s Yard was a place for the homeless. It seemed to have a negative slant and it seemed that local residents were a bit adverse to it. But now it seems to be the complete opposite and people are really positive about it, it’s been a really good experience.

              Where were you living before Richardson’s Yard?

              I was in a private housing association in Kemptown which was interesting and challenging in its own way because the people you live with came with problems of their own.

              I was there for 10 months. There were support workers on hand to help us. It’s nice now to have my own space because in the old place we shared a kitchen and a bathroom which I found difficult.

              You can stay at Richardson’s Yard for up to two years. Its early days but do you have plans for life after Richardson’s Yard?

              The ultimate plan is to save a deposit and a months rent so that I can move into my own place. The centre of Brighton is too expensive so I plan to move to the fringes of town.

              Because I work, the rent here is more expensive than I anticipated and I am finding it quite hard to budget but it’s good to have the two years here so I don’t feel like I have to panic. As long as I am putting away little bits then I will be fine.

              Since you have been here, has Richardson’s Yard made a difference to your life?

              Yes, I think having my own space has been amazing.

              I have suffered with generalised anxiety for most of my life and I get very nervous in situations and I think being here and having my own space and having the sun beaming through my windows has really helped to relieve the tension and the stress which has branched out into other areas of my life like my work life and my relationship with my mum. Its like a ripple effect, this has been the pebble and the ripples have come into other areas of my life.

              ×

              Richardson’s Yard Interviews – Tristan

              How have you found the last six months since moving into Richardson’s Yard?

              It’s been really good.

              It’s been nice being able to pick herbs from out of the front and put it in your cooking in the evening. I have met some nice people; I had my neighbour over for dinner last night. The location is great and you can get to everywhere easily. Town is just a short walk away and the train station. The space is really big and I can have my daughter in here and even if it is lashing down with rain she can tear around and its not too noisy. I like it.

              Before you came to Richardson’s Yard did you have any reservations?

              I thought it would be more community spirited than it is, I thought it would happen naturally but actually I think you have to make it happen.

              Everyone says hello to each other but I thought people would help each other out more and be more thoughtful. I hoped there would be book clubs and things like that but I think this will happen in time. I think a lot of people are getting into the gardening idea that is happening here and hopefully that will bring people together more.

              Where were you before Richardson’s yard?

              I lived in Hove with a landlord and I assumed I had the same rights as a tenant but it turns out that because I lived with the landlord as a lodger I had less rights and I could be evicted without any notice or reason.

              I went to Brighton Housing Trust about it and they said I had no rights but they had places available here at Richardson’s Yard. I stayed with a friend for a few months while I attended their (BHT) workshops and built up my portfolio and then managed to secure a place here.

              You can stay here for up to two years but you said that you weren’t planning to stay for that long. What are your plans?

              The flat is lovely and it is a lot better than staying on someone’s sofa.

              You aren’t encroaching on anybody and you have all the essentials you need to get by such as a bed and a sink, central heating and a fridge but it’s not a home. You couldn’t turn this into a home where you could have lots of friends over, there isn’t enough space and you only have one worktop for draining and cooking and prep. It’s a great idea because you don’t want people to stay for too long. It’s a short term solution and its great for that. I will use this and get the best out of it but it also gives me a reason to plan my next move. I want to move into a housing coop where the rent is cheap and everyone works together as a community.

              Do you think living at Richardson’s Yard has helped you in anyway?

              I have never lived on my own since leaving my parents home before so that has been quite an experience.

              I have always been quite sociable and lived in shared houses. Living on your own has been quite isolating but that is good in its own way. It has encouraged me to meet my neighbours. Living at Richardson’s Yard has been a really great experience, I have really enjoyed it.

              ×

              Richardson’s Yard Interviews – Alan

              How have you found the last four months at Richardson’s Yard?

              Brilliant but also a bit weird.

              I have come from supported housing so the things that I enjoy such as living independently are also a bit weird because I am used to lots of people being around and it’s hard to adjust to being on my own, that’s the strange part of being here. I am used to having seven or eight people around, sort of barging in and making a nuisance of themselves which I had got used to but now I don’t I really like it and I am enjoying the space but it is strange. So far it’s brilliant, touch wood!

              Before you moved in did you have any reservations about living at Richardson’s Yard?

              Yes definitely. I hated the idea if living in a shipping container.

              As soon as the idea was mentioned to me and there was the possibility of me being put forward to live here I thought there is no way you are putting me in a box and it took ages to come around to the idea. I don’t think it was until the second workshop that Steve Coulson ran that I started to think hang on a minute, this is pretty good. I started to look at the plans and on the internet at projects in Holland and my enthusiasm really grew.

              You can stay her for up to two years, do you have any plans for what you will do after Richardson’s Yard?

              I am going to reapply for the council and hopefully get a band B.

              In the mean time I am playing off my debts and saving for private accommodation in case I can’t get housed by the council.

              Has being at Richardson’s Yard helped you with your plans for the future?

              Yes. Anyone who has been homeless or in supported housing or hostels knows that you just want your own space.

              Often people in this position aren’t actually ready for their own space and I wasn’t, but at the time it is all you want. When they said it would be a two year stop gap period I wasn’t that keen but having thought about it, it’s actually a good opportunity to get myself sorted and to pay my debts off. I can save up, I can start living properly without all this weight on my shoulders. Hopefully, once I have saved enough, I will have a year to find somewhere new to live.

              Has your life improved since being at Richardson’s Yard?

              I have depression and post traumatic distress disorder and I realise they really need sorting out.

              I was drinking heavily before I came here and I have stopped that now but living on your own, sitting with my own thoughts without any distractions can be challenging so on a personal level I realise I need help in those areas. On a housing level everything is OK, everything is pretty cool.

              ×