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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

    Specialist Welfare Benefits Expert:
    BHT Eastbourne Advice ( Welfare Reform Project)
    Location: Intially based 4 days a week in Polegate & 1 day in Eastbourne
    Reference Number: 859
    Hours per Week: 37
    Salary: £25,039 per annum

    We seek an experienced Welfare Benefits Adviser with in depth experience of providing independent specialist advice in welfare rights, on a casework basis to work on our Welfare Reform Project.  This project currently supports people of working age who also receive a housing support service.  The advice is provided by telephone.  The post holder will also prepare and provide training and reference materials.  Experience of working to a Specialist Quality Mark is desirable, as is knowledge of debt and housing.

    Fixed term Contract up until the 31st March 2016

    Closing Date: 12 noon, Monday 15th June 2015
    Interview Date: Monday 22nd June 2015
    Job DetailsJob DescriptionPerson Specification
      Part-Time Marketing/Administrative Assistant:
      BHT Learning & Development Team
      Location: Brighton
      Reference Number: 736
      Hours per Week: 15 Hours per week
      Salary: £19,504 per annum pro-rata

      The Marketing/ Administrative Assistant will be responsible for providing efficient and proactive administrative support to BHT’s Learning & Development Team and will play a key role in establishing and improving developing marketing and social media processes.

      A key part of the role will be to assist with the delivery of digital marketing campaigns including e-marketing, social media, writing website copy, and search engine optimisation.

      Strong administration and IT skills are essential for the role, as is an enthusiasm for social media.

      Permanent Contract

      Closing Date: 12 noon, Monday 8th June 2015
      Interview Date: Tuesday 16th June 2015
      Job DetailsJob DescriptionPerson Specification
        Asylum & Immigration Solicitor/Qualified Legal Executive:
        BHT Advice - Immigration Legal Service
        Location: Brighton
        Reference Number: 861
        Hours per Week: 22.2 Annual Leave entitlement starts at 25 working days pro rata
        Salary: £31,265 - £36,425 per annum pro rata, actual salary £18,759-£21,855 per annum, 3% to 6% employer’s pension contribution (the level of this is reviewed annually).

        BHT Brighton Advice Service

        Our advice services in Brighton provide specialist legal advice, casework and representation on housing, asylum and immigration matters together with one off advice provided over the telephone or at drop in sessions, and digital advice via webcam on housing and welfare benefits issues.  There are two teams, the housing and social welfare team and the asylum and immigration team, comprised of solicitors and caseworkers supported by 2 legal secretaries.

        Asylum & Immigration Solicitor (12 month fixed term contract)

         This is an opportunity for an experienced asylum and immigration practitioner to join our specialist immigration legal service. You will undertake specialist, Legally Aided advice and casework for BHT clients in asylum and immigration matters in relation to an existing casework allocation.   Through your work in our busy and committed asylum and immigration team you will be contributing to the provision of a high quality free legal service to some of the most disadvantaged and marginalised members of the community.

        You will be a qualified solicitor or legal executive with relevant post qualification experience advising on asylum and immigration matters and experience of running cases funded by the Legal Aid Agency. We are looking for someone who is passionate about achieving the best possible outcomes for clients with a good understanding of the challenges they face and the ability to deliver a high quality service in a busy but supportive team.

        Closing Date: 12 noon, Tuesday 2nd June 2015
        Interview Date: Tuesday 9th June 2015
        Job DetailsJob DescriptionPerson Specification
          Deputy Manager:
          First Base Day Centre
          Location: Brighton
          Reference Number: 4
          Hours per Week: 37 hours per week including some weekend work.
          Salary: £26,840 per annum

          First Base is a Day Centre, which provides emergency and long-term services to around 100 homeless and inadequately housed and vulnerable people each day. We are now seeking to fill the following temporary post to join our existing staff team:

          Jointly with the Manager, you will responsible for all aspects of the day to day management of this very busy project.

          Essential requirements for this post are extensive experience of working with people who are homeless or inadequately housed, experience of working with people who sleep rough, experience of supporting people who have substance misuse and /or mental ill health, substantial experience of case work and proven interpersonal skills.

          (Temporary contract – 12 months)

          Closing Date: 12 noon, Thursday 28th May 2015
          Interview Date: Thursday 4th June 2015
          Job DetailsJob DescriptionPerson Specification
            Night Support Workers x3:
            Archway Project
            Location: Based in Hove
            Reference Number: 866
            Hours per Week: (Part-time: 20 hours per week)
            Salary: £18,972 per annum pro rata, plus anti-social hours enhancement of £1,398 per annum pro rata.

            BHT is looking for applicants to work sleep-in shifts at the Archway Project. The Archway Project is a BHT mental health service which promotes a person-centred, holistic model of support enabling clients to achieve a successful recovery. Archway is spread over 5 sites, with each offering its own package of support.

            This post will be based within one of the two 9 bed and 5 bed residential care homes in Hove.

            As a Night Support Worker you will offer clients a range of support to promote health, independence and participation in the wider community; this will include supporting them to access external services, assistance with benefits, budgeting, emotional support, tenancy related support, and confidence building.

            We offer:

            • A paid Induction
            • Supportive team and management
            • Positive working environment
            • Opportunities for Training

            3 sleep-in shifts over a fortnightly period.  Initially a 6 month Fixed term contract.

            Closing Date: 12 noon, Wednesday 27th May 2015
            Interview Date: Wednesday 3rd June 2015
            Job DetailsJob DescriptionPerson Specification
              Project Consultant (Hastings):
              Fulfilling Lives
              Location: Hastings
              Reference Number: 833
              Hours per Week: 18.5
              Salary: £20,056 per annum pro rata

              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.

              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.

              1 Year Fixed Term Contract

              BHT is the lead organisation for the South East Partnership. 

              Closing Date: 12 noon, Monday 18th May 2015
              Interview Date: Wednesday 20th May 2015
              Job DetailsJob DescriptionPerson Specification

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                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.

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                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.

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                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.

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