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National Family Support Network: Bereavement Support Worker- Closing Date Thursday May 24th 2018

Bereavement Support Worker

The National Family Support Network (NFSN) is coordinating the opening of a new addiction specific bereavement support service based in North Inner-City Dublin. The service represents the first of its kind in Ireland and the NFSN hope to replicate the service in other locations to support families all over Ireland who have been affected by a bereavement through substance misuse. The service aims to support families affected by a bereavement through substance misuse through therapeutic interventions, information provision, advocacy, financial aid, respite and referral to specialist supports.

The successful candidate will work on a consultancy basis and will be responsible for their own taxes. The position will be directed and governed by a management committee facilitated by NFSN and will report to this committee. The contract is for an initial 12 month period and will be renewed subject to funding, expected weekly hours of 20 hours per week.

This position has been made possible by the kind support of the Archdiocese of Dublin


The ideal candidate will be paid an hourly rate of €20.00 and will work a maximum of 20 hours per week
Out of office hours and weekend work is expected
Candidate will be responsible for payment of own taxes
Candidate will be supported and governed by the NFSN CEO and Management Committee
Candidate will be based in Dublin 1


The Bereavement Support Worker will work directly with family members who have experienced a death through substance misuse and will have a range of other duties to support the effective promotion, management and sustainability of the service to include;

Family Support;

Being the first point of contact for families referred to the Bereavement Support Service, providing initial assessment and care plan for family members
Providing evidence based therapeutic interventions to family members alongside onward referral to specialist supports where necessary
Developing and facilitating a bereavement support group for family members affected who wish to avail of group support
Coordinating the administration of ‘Hardship Fund’ for families who need to access additional financial supports as a result of a death through substance misuse (this fund will be managed by NFSN)

Information and Advocacy

Providing information to family members regarding administrative, social and financial entitlements, supports and/or changes to an individual’s circumstances in the context of a sudden bereavement
Supporting families to access the Drug Related Intimidation Reporting Programme in the context of drug related debts.
Acting as an advocate for family members affected by a bereavement through substance misuse in the context of community, state and private services to include funeral services, community welfare and in the accessing of specialist supports.

Outreach and Promotion

Developing and maintaining strong relationships with organisations and services who work to support families affected by substance misuse, developing an effective inward and onward referral pathway for families
Designing an effective promotion package for the bereavement support service to include promotional and informational material and the holding of information sessions for agencies who may refer families to the service.

Project Management

Maintaining best practice systems of information collection and storage to include the use of a customer relationship management system (Enclude)
Completing quarterly work reports for management committee

Person Specification

A third level qualification in a relevant discipline (Social Care, Community Work, Family Support) *a third level qualification may not be necessary in lieu of relevant training completed and relevant direct experience with families
Training in a therapeutic intervention which supports families and/or openness to become an accredited practitioner in the 5-Step Method
Experience working with families affected by substance misuse and the issues which they present to include a deep understanding of drug related bereavement and its impact on families, drug related debts/intimidation, kinship care, child protection.
Experience of managing own work plan, working on own initiative and demonstrating excellent time management skills
High level understanding and experience of the importance of confidentiality when working with families
Excellent presentation and report writing skills

If you are interested in this position please send an updated CV and application letter (application letter to be no more than two pages) which outlines how you are suitable for the advertised role to aoife@fsn.ie by Thursday May 24th 2018.

Please see link for advert https://www.activelink.ie/content/vacancies/community/36885

Contact Us

National Family Support Network
5 Gardiner Row, Dublin 1, Ireland

Phone: +353 (01) 8980148
Fax: +353 (01) 8889628
Email: info@fsn.ie
Web: www.fsn.ie

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