Residential Substance Misuse Workers

About Us

Established 30 years ago, Turning Tides is a multifunctional, complex needs homelessness charity.   Our mission is to end local homelessness.

We have gone from supporting a handful of people in the coastal town of Worthing to providing a range of services to over 1,700 people in Worthing, Adur, Littlehampton, Horsham and Mid Sussex. We have over 10,000 supporters, 300 volunteers and 160 staff members to date.

Turning Tides Recovery Project in Worthing is a unique 28 bed CQC registered residential service for adults experiencing homelessness with drug and/or alcohol addictions.

The Benefits

– Play an important role within a community-led organisation

– Stakeholder pension scheme

– Healthcare cash plan and life assurance

– 24/7 Support provider with wellbeing, advice and money saving resources

– Local discounts including gym membership

– Up to 25 days’ holiday, increasing with service

 The Role

Reporting to the Recovery Project Manager and Deputy Manager the post holders will provide specialist substance misuse support to Recovery Project clients on a key working basis in order to enable them to achieve independent living, recovery and resettlement.

Working as part of a multi disciplinary team including Social Worker, Group Work Co-ordinator and Nurse Practitioner the Residential Substance Misuse Workers will support clients on their recovery journeys from high risk substance misuse. Taking a holistic and person centred approach Residential Substance Misuse Workers will support clients to identify self directed recovery goals, improve health and well being, and to build and develop resources within the wider community.

The role also includes intensive housing management including supporting clients to adhere to their Licence Agreements and ensuring the safety and security of the service.

About You

Do you have good knowledge of addiction, substance use and relapse prevention?

Are you able to motivate and inspire clients to make positive life changes?

Do you have good knowledge of mental health?

Do you have experience of delivering support to vulnerable people with multiple and complex needs?

Are you able to communicate with a wide range of people?

Do you have a person-centred approach?


A full job description and person specification along with an application form are available to download from our website.

To apply, please ensure you complete an online application form and upload a copy of your CV.  We also require you to complete an Equal Opportunities Questionnaire.

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Turning Tides requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults. Successful applicants (dependent on role) are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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Contact us

Residential Substance Misuse Workers


Apply online


Worthing, West Sussex


37.5 hours per week


£26,797 per annum

Closing date:

10th June 2024

Interview date:

To be arranged

Support us to make a difference​

Millions of people in England are only one pay cheque away from being homeless.

Turning Tides have provided support to thousands of local men and women in West Sussex for almost 30 years.

We provide a warm, safe space to listen to anyone who comes to us for help. Our support services empower people to find the strength and belief in themselves to create a brighter future.

Together we can make a difference and end homelessness where you live.