Housing Support Workers  

Job Title: Housing Support Workers  
Reports to: Team Leaders
Location Limerick  & Clare Region
Contract Details: Permanent and Relief contracts
Salary Details: Dependent on role and service

Job Purpose:

MWSC are putting a panel of Housing Support Workers together to full future permanent and relief positions in the organisation over the next 18-month period.

To work as part of a staff team in Mid-West Simon services ensuring that services offered by the organisation operate effectively and consistently to best practice standards.

To help ensure Mid-West Simon Community provides high quality, effective housing support services to individuals


Main duties & Responsibilities:

Housing Support Worker post will:

  • Act as a key worker to families/ individuals referred into MWS services, conducting assessments, and developing and reviewing their support plans in order to identify appropriate move on options and support them to secure housing in line with their goals.
  • Work within private rented sector, Approved Housing Bodies and Local Authorities to secure swift move on and appropriate accommodation for families /individuals.
  • Work with key agencies in the locality to support move on.
  • Encourage and empower families/individuals to reach their full potential.
  • Ensure that a culturally sensitive approach to support is maintained.
  • Liaise with relevant agencies when appropriate.
  • To ensure that families/Individuals are familiar with and are complying with LA Codes of Conduct.
  • To maintain good relationships with neighbours and relevant community groups.
  • To ensure Mid-West Simon Communities Lone Working Policy is adhered to at all times.
  • Maintain a high standard of cleanliness throughout the project.
  • Co-ordinate activity and social programmes.


  • To maintain all recording systems as outlined by National Quality Standards Framework.
  • To ensure that all communication and administrative policies and procedures are followed.
  • To prepare reports as required.


  • To attend and participate in training courses as required.
  • To identify areas of future training need

Health and Safety

  • To act as appointed First Aid person as required.
  • To ensure a safe, healthy and secure environment for all
  • To carry out all duties with reasonable care.
  • To ensure that designated fire procedures are carried out.
  • To address actions arising from Health & Safety and Maintenance Inspections


  • To represent Mid-West Simon Community at meetings, conferences, seminars and other events as scheduled.
  • To project a positive image of the Simon Community at all times.
  • To maintain confidentiality on all matters relating to clients, staff, volunteers, and general Simon Community Business.
  • To be aware of and adhere to all Mid-West Simon Community Policies and Procedures currently in operation.
  • To attend house, staff and other meetings as appropriate
  • To provide training and support to volunteers and students.
  • Client-focused, adaptable, accountable, resilient individual.
  • Excellent communicator, with the ability to advocate on the client’s behalf.
  • Ability to assist with assessment, planned support, key working with vulnerable people, whilst being respectful and professional.
  • All other duties as may be from time to time requested by management and which are consistent with your job and responsibilities.

Person specification:




  • A level 7 Social Care degree or equivalent
  • 2 years experience working in a similar role within a social care setting

Experience, Attributes, Skills, Abilities and Knowledge

  • Children First Aid Training.
  • In depth understanding in the area of homelessness.
  • Have an in depth understanding of private rented sector/Approved Housing Bodies and Local Authority and all accommodation options available to individuals in the locality.
  • Experience of working with and supporting people who are homeless, those addiction support needs, mental health support needs.
  • Have an understanding of the physical and mental health and substance misuse needs that may affect those in homelessness.
  • Knowledge of the specialist services which can address these needs.
  • Possess strong advocacy skills in support of Individuals accessing services relevant to their need.
  • The desire to support homeless and vulnerable people to develop their own resources and make positive change.
  • Basic understanding of how to provide advice and case-work services to vulnerable people.
  • Ability to provide, manage and evaluate support plans.
  • Ability to provide effective key working to Individuals.
  • Ability to manage challenging behaviour, set clear boundaries, and remain calm and effective under pressure.
  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work in a changing environment where sound judgement is required.
  • Be self-motivated, able to motivate, inspire and empower others.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety in the workplace.
  • Have an understanding of the importance of confidentiality in relation to work.
  • Be Computer literate with a sound knowledge of Word, Excel and Email and PASS.
  • Share in and work to the values and ethos of Mid West Simon Community.
  • Ability to make efficient use of time and manage workload.
  • Recognises the need to be flexible.
  • Possessing a valid and full clean drivers licence is essential.
  • Candidate should have clear understanding of client lead approaches.
  • Candidate should have a clear understanding of Trauma Informed Care Principles
To apply: All applicants can send CV and cover letter to alan.kavanagh@mwsimon.ie
All job offers will be subject to Garda vetting.
Mid West Simon Community is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
Mid West Simon Community Service are funded by Clare County Council and Limerick County Council & HSE