Do you have experience of telephone advice work with a specific interest in housing law, welfare benefits and debt? Would you like to use those skills to help people struggling with bad housing or homelessness to find solutions? Then join Shelter Scotland as a Helpline Adviser and you could soon be providing vital advice to clients across Scotland.
About Shelter Scotland A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet over a million people in Scotland struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change, with individuals, in communities, across society, and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.
At Shelter Scotland we are united by our purpose to defend the right to a safe home. Our enemy is the social injustice at the core of the escalating housing emergency. We believe that to win that fight, we must be representative of the people we are here to help and those who support our movement for change. In all our people decisions, we take pride in being inclusive, fair, equitable and transparent.
We have committed to combat racism both within and outside Shelter Scotland and welcome you on our journey to becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.
About the role
Shelter Scotland provides a free telephone and online helpline providing housing advice to over 25,000 people across Scotland each year. You’ll be joining a team delivering a telephone, digital and email advice service to people experiencing a range of housing problems. This will involve carrying out initial fact finding interviews to identify and agree clients’ needs and giving advice on all areas of housing cases, for which you will be given support and training should you need it. We’ll also rely on you to enter details onto our CRM system accurately and punctually.
We’re looking for people who are resilient enough to cope in a challenging environment but who can empathise with our clients and help them navigate their way through the system. You’ll have good listening skills that will enable you to get to the root of clients’ underlying needs, a proactive, results-driven approach and the ability to contribute new ideas and approaches. Proficiency using Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, email and the internet is also essential.
Benefits We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave (pro rata), enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, payroll giving, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.
Shelter Scotland helps over half a million people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help.
To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter Scotland please visit our website. Apply to be part of our team and be the change you want to see in society.
Safeguarding is everyone's business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.
Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.
To find out more and apply please visit our website
**Closing date: 23rd of January 23.30pm (**Please note, we reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible)