East Belfast Mission
Aiden Byrne is a project worker at a homeless hostel in Belfast. He gained a degree in Sociology before leaving Northern Ireland to work in the Carribean for two years - "I was an English language assistant so I was working with small groups, translating the lyrics of Bob Marley songs, or watching DVDs in English and explaining them to the students or doing projects about Ireland... it was a great experience". When his partner became pregnant Aiden returned to Northern Ireland and started working for the East Belfast Mission.
More information about Welfare and housing associate professionals n.e.c.
The UK average salary is £28,758
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
DescriptionWorkers in this unit group provide pastoral care relating to religious denominations, and a variety of welfare-related services including advice on benefits, health, disability and residential care not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 323: Welfare and Housing Associate Professionals.
QualificationsEntry is possible with a variety of academic qualifications and/or experience. Professional qualifications may be required for some posts. Background checks including a CRB check are likely to be required for those working with vulnerable adults and/or families.
- Advises on rights and entitlements in relation to benefits, health, discrimination and welfare;
- Advises individuals and families experiencing problems about available resources to assist them;
- Assists and liaises with professionals in social work, the probation service and related welfare areas;
- Organises day, residential and home care services;
- Helps to put together care plans and follows professional’s care plans;
- Maintains records and compiles reports on clients;
- Keeps up to date with legislation;
- Performs pastoral care duties, preaches sermons and conducts some services in accordance with the relevant faith or denomination.