Who we are?

YMCA Brunel provides accommodation and support for young and homeless people. Some of our projects include:

  • Emergency Accommodation for Statutory Homeless Referrals from B&NES Council. Referrals from the Council for emergency accommodation from 3 days to 3months. Risk assessments, benefits applications and supporting referrals to move on to permanent accommodation. This will involve working with the B&NES Move on Advisor.
  • Platform for Life provides independent shared accommodation for young people in work, training or education for those aged between 18-25 years. The accommodation is in 4 houses in Bath and Keynsham. The role is mainly based around this area of work.

What does the job entail?

We are recruiting into the post of Support Worker as part of Platform for Life Project. The P4L Project provides Support, Housing, Advice and signposting to young people who are living in our houses. You will be carrying out assessments with the young people for the project, ensuring the houses are up to a clean and tidy standard, building a supportive relationship with the young people, carrying out house checks and ensuring rent is paid or benefits are applied for.

As a Support Worker you will play a crucial role in building longer-term relationships of trust with 18 – 25-year-olds, the project aim is to help young people become more independent and able to move into their own accommodation, which you will help source. The criteria for the houses are young people should be in work or training and low-level support.

What skills will the successful candidate need?

  • Knowledge of Housing issues and legislation that affects homeless people (Desirable)
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding Procedures
  • Experience of working with young people and conducting holistic assessments in a key worker type role
  • The skills, experience and knowledge to play a part in helping to progress the project and to support the information gathering and research processes to support further growth
  • Experience of working with various database systems and keeping up to date and accurate records.
  • Empathy and compassion in dealing with people that in a crisis
  • Work as part of a team
  • Full Driving licence and the use of a vehicle with appropriate motor insurance are essential

What we offer

  • Enhanced sick pay allowances and paid compassionate and emergency dependent leave.
  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • reduced cost gym membership, reduced cost hostel stays
  • Pension scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free health and wellbeing advice via a 24/7.
  • YMCA employee advantages

YMCA Brunel Group is an inclusive organisation and the post requires a shared commitment to equality and diversity.



Contract type

12-month fixed term contract with possible extension depending on funding

Working hours

37.5 hours per week over 5 days – may include the occasional evening & weekend work

Rate of Pay

£23,000 pa, full time equivalent

Contact Details

Please contact Maggie to get further details about the position: maggieking@ymca-bg.org

HR line

YMCA Brunel Group is committed to follow safer recruitment guidelines and all candidates will have to demonstrate full employment history, give 2 good references and be DBS checked. In line with the requirements of the Asylum & Immigration Act 1996, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK. Documented evidence of eligibility will be required from candidates as part of the recruitment process.


These core values were developed by our staff and trustees and they are at the core of what we do and how we behave. We know that our staff are at the heart of all our work and we are constantly working at ways to develop and nurture our employees. Some current ways we do this include:

  • Staff get a fully inclusive membership of our health & wellbeing centre in Bath for the heavily discounted price of £15/month
  • We offer a weekly wind down yoga and guided meditation class that is free to all staff
  • We offer ways to upskill in different areas such as social media, fundraising, relationship building and health, safety & compliance
  • Mentoring, coaching and secondment schemes – to support staff new in post and those seeking development and new opportunities.
  • To meet and attend national YMCA events as well as access to other YMCA networks either geographically or role driven.

Other employee benefits include:

  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • Pension scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Enhanced sick pay allowances and paid compassionate and emergency dependent leave
  • Free health & wellbeing advice via a 24/7 support line
  • YMCA employee advantages such as access to national YMCA discounts

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