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Senior Residential Substance Misuse Worker (Permanent)

Senior Residential Substance Misuse Worker Recovery Project

Full Time 37.5 hours per week shift patterns including evenings, weekends, and Bank Holidays.

£23,482.50 per annum


Turning Tides is a multifunctional, complex needs homelessness organisation that works in Worthing, Adur, Littlehampton, Horsham and Mid Sussex. It has over 100 staff and 300 volunteers. Its mission is to end the need to sleep rough.

Turning Tides has an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to work within our Recovery Project as a Senior Residential Substance Misuse Worker.

The Senior RSMW will support the Recovery Services Manager and Deputy Manager with the day-to-day operation of the service and the building. Providing guidance, and support to staff to ensure the provision of a recovery-focused service, working with people with complex and challenging needs, utilising elements of personalisation and strength based practice in order to improve engagement and promote positive outcomes.

The role will involve a level of co-ordination and mentoring of staff. In addition to specific lead responsibilities such as supporting the management of referrals in to the service, the Senior RSMW will be expected to undertake the core duties of a Residential Substance Misuse Worker.

Candidates should have good knowledge of alcohol, drugs and issues around addiction and relapse management as well as knowledge and practical experience of using person-centred tools to support recovery and development of clients, with the ability to transfer such knowledge and any associated skills.

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have substantial experience of working with vulnerable people with an understanding of the difficulties they experience in accessing services. You will also have experience of supporting clients with complex needs and addressing these needs through effective case work management.

You must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Ability to manage and plan your own workload and meet deadlines and targets is essential. Good IT Skills are a must.


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

Job Description & Person Specification

Application Form


To apply, please ensure that you send us a completed application form, which includes your responses to the shortlisting criteria listed in the Person Specification for this role, along with a completed Equal Opportunities Questionnaire here.

Equal Opportunities Questionnaire


Please be advised that we will only accept applications made on our

application form and do not accept CVs.

Closing date for applications: 12pm on Tuesday 25th February, 2020.

Interview date: TBC

No agencies please.


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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Please note that we will only contact the candidates that have been shortlisted for interview. If you have not heard from us within 3 weeks please assume you have been unsuccessful this time.