Locum/Relief Worker Job Description

Job Title: Locum/Relief Worker
Reports to: Team Leaders
Location Limerick City & Ennis Co. Clare

Job Purpose:

The purpose of this job is to provide support, care and case management to clients residing in Mid-West Simon services.

To help ensure Mid-West Simon Community provides high quality, effective housing support services. This will involve using a Trauma Informed Approach to achieve best possible outcomes for service users.


Main duties & Responsibilities:

Locum/Relief Worker post will:

  • Contribute to the continuity of service provision in the service, including handovers, diary, incident reports etc.
  • To be vigilant in relation to health and safety and welfare risks in the workplace and bring concerns to the attention of team leaders.
  • Maintain a high standard of cleanliness throughout the service.
  • Ensure laundry systems are efficient.
  • Ensure the Health, Safety and Welfare of clients is always prioritised within services.
  • Participate in routine maintenance, cleaning, and health and safety inspections, in line with operational procedures and standards.
  • Liaise with other members of the team regarding the running of the service.
  • Complete clear, concise records as required.
  • To undertake any other such duties commensurate with the role that may be assigned by the team leaders or manager.


  • To maintain all recording systems as directed.
  • To adhere to all policies and procedures relating to financial control in the projects.
  • To ensure that all communication and administrative policies and procedures are followed.
  • To prepare reports if required.


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

Health and Safety

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


  • To represent Mid West Simon Community at meetings, conferences, seminars and other events.
  • To project a positive image of the Simon Community at all times.
  • To maintain confidentiality on all matters relating to 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 staff and other meetings as appropriate
  • To provide support to volunteers and students if required
  • All other duties as may be from time to time requested by management, and which are consistent with your job and responsibilities.

Person specification:


The Ideal Candidate will have


  • Third-level qualification in social care or a similar area, or working towards a degree in similar area.

Experience, Attributes, Skills, Abilities and Knowledge

  • Knowledge and understating of homelessness and the needs of single homeless people.
  • Ability to work in non-judgemental and respectful manner with individuals from different backgrounds.
  • Understand the physical and mental health and substance misuse needs that may affect those in homelessness.
  • The desire to support homeless and vulnerable people to develop their own resources and make positive changes.
  • Basic understanding of how to provide advice and case-work services to vulnerable people.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Share in and work to the values and ethos of Mid West Simon Community.
  • Recognises the need to be flexible.
  • Be available to work days, nights and weekend shifts.
  • Possessing a valid and full clean drivers’ licence would be an advantage.
To apply: CV’s must be submitted to:  alan.kavanagh@mwsimon.ie

Successful candidates will be contacted to attend for interview.

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.
This project is funded by Limerick City and County Council and operated by Mid West Simon Community