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New Year Recruitment Drive in Charity’s 50th Year

17 January 2022

Responding to a rise in people re-evaluating their jobs during the pandemic and looking for more rewarding careers, Simon Community NI as part of their 50th Anniversary activity have launched a New Year campaign to recruit up to 35 people who will play a key role in the charity’s work in Belfast and across Northern Ireland.

With competitive salaries and terms and conditions, the charity is looking to attract a mixture of skills and personalities to help deliver temporary accommodation services and specialist Housing First for Youth community-based support. While experience is desirable for certain roles, Simon Community is also keen to hear from individuals considering a new career and who can demonstrate the core values of the charity, which include a non-judgemental nature, a willingness to empower clients and a commitment to teamwork.

Keen to have people consider the charity as a rewarding and long-term secure career option, Andrea McCooke, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at Simon Community explained:

A great support worker has the potential to change lives for the better and, for fifty years, our employees have successfully met the demands of homelessness in Northern Ireland. That is why in our historic anniversary year, we are focused on finding people with the right attributes and character to help our charity grow to better meet the needs of our clients. With a bespoke training package, health and wellbeing benefits, and promotional pathways on offer, I highly recommend anyone interested in either advancing their career or beginning something entirely new to join our team, at Simon Community.

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With a range of employee perks, successful candidates will benefit from a competitive sector salary, first-class training, with many courses accredited, a comprehensive employee health & wellbeing package, generous annual leave allowance and much more.

Speaking about working for Simon Community, Stephen Fleming, Support Worker at the charity’s Coleraine adult temporary accommodation service said:

I was 40 years old when I saw the job advertised and thought I was perhaps too old but remembered that in one way or another I had been helping people throughout my previous positions and could use those skills. Almost 8 years later and I am still here, still learning and still developing.

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Fleming continued:

Working with Simon Community has also opened up a lot of opportunities that otherwise wouldn’t have been available to me. I would advise anyone considering a similar career to join the charity as the work is very rewarding. You will have a lot of positive and challenging experiences, but my advice is to embrace them fully as they will help you learn a lot about yourself and others, which will help you grow as a support worker.

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Applications close on 30 January 2022, with interviews expected to take place in early February. To learn more about the roles on offer and other opportunities within the charity, visit simoncommunity.org or speak to a member of the HR team on 028 9023 2282.