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Job: Hosting Development Worker 22hrs/wk, £21.5-£24k pro rata – Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network

  • Salary:  £21,500 – £24,000 pro rata (£12,783 – £14,270 actual) depending on experience
  • Hours: 22 hours a week (Full time is 37 hours a week)
  • Contract: 12 months (fixed) Funding secured until September 2023
    Location: LASSN office, 22-23 Blayds Yard LS1 4AD

People with lived experience of migration with relevant skills and experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

The role has been is funded by Leeds City Council via Leeds Community Foundation.

The Hosting Development Worker will

  • support the development of peer-support networks for households in Leeds who provide accommodation to refugees and asylum-seeking households
  • contribute to the development and upkeep of online signposting resources – eg and  
  • use an asset based community development approach, and promote LASSN’s key objectives to support, empower and integrate refugees and asylum seekers into life in Leeds.

The initial focus of this work will be on hosts supporting resettled Ukrainian Households through the Homes for Ukraine Scheme – but will also involve work with existing LASSN hosts and volunteers.

An Asset Based approach will mean the Hosting Development worker will not focus on direct support to individual households, or to fix problems. Instead, they will empower the hosts (and their guests) to find workable solutions themselves, or with the assistance of other people/agencies.

The person we appoint will

  • have at least 12 months’ experience of supporting volunteers,
  • have experience of developing and supporting inclusive groups, using an asset based community development approach
  • be confident in explaining and maintaining clear boundaries – in particular what support this role can and cannot offer.
  • enjoy working flexibly in a small, friendly team.
  • share LASSN’s commitment to ensuring asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants at risk of harm are safe, respected, supported and empowered to rebuild their lives free of persecution;
  • have a commitment to helping ordinary people find ways of making Leeds a friendlier, more welcoming city.

Their can-do approach, and ability to complete tasks to agreed deadlines will play a key role in the smooth running of a team that values diversity, kindness, and high standards of support.

  • The closing date for applications is 9am Thursday 1st September 2022
  • Shortlisted candidates will be informed by Friday 9th September 2022
  • Interviews will be held on Thursday 22nd September 2022

If you want to have an informal conversation about this role call Jon Beech on 07845 298047 during office hours.

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