SPEAR strives to change for the better the lives of those who experience homelessness, or those at risk of homelessness. We provide services with the simple aim that every single person we work with finds and keeps a home. Working for SPEAR gives you (whatever your role is) the tools to truly change the lives of the people we work with – and to see the results of your input.
SPEAR has an excellent reputation for providing services that truly make a difference to some of the most marginalised people in our society. You will be working alongside experienced professionals who understand the inputs needed to bring about such positive change. We attempt to unlock the potential in everyone we work with and will encourage you to do so too.
We were awarded the “Best Charity” Award in 2012’s Richmond Business Awards, and we have recently worked with Shelter, Crisis, St Mungo’s Broadway and the Berkeley Foundation to produce “Rethinking Homelessness”. SPEAR’s quality of work is highlighted by our gaining of the ISO 9001 Quality Assurance Qualification and we are constantly working towards a high, quality standard of work.
SPEAR is committed to developing the skills and abilities of the people we work with, illustrated by the implementation of our Learning and Development Policy. All new staff undertake a range of mandatory training within their first six months and all staff are given on-going and refresher training appropriate to their roles. Further training and personal development ideas are regularly discussed in supervision sessions and we encourage staff to undertake formal or accredited training.
We have recently become a London Living Wage Employer and our proud to say that all our employees are paid this wage or higher.
SPEAR offers competitive salaries that are comparable – and often better – than other agencies in our sector. All staff start with 26 days holiday per year and this rises up to 31 with length of service. We offer maternity and paternity leave (as well as other leave) beyond the statutory minimum, to ensure that you maintain a good work-life balance. Staff will be automatically enrolled into a pension scheme after three months of service and offered a wide range of staff benefits. These include access to our Childcare Voucher scheme, allowances for eye tests, allowances for work-related travel, cycle to work schemes and staff wellbeing sessions. All staff have access to our free Employee Assistance Programme which offers counselling and advice around a number of issues, as well as the opportunity for flexible working hours to fit around caring responsibilities and your circumstances.
In our annual staff satisfaction survey, we ask staff what the best thing about working for SPEAR is and all of them say each other! We pride ourselves on developing a culture in which staff meet regularly and communication is free across the organisation. We have team meetings which all staff attend (and contribute to) as well regular social activities. We offer an induction which ensures that new staff tour all the other services and meet the majority of people within the organisation. We also regularly bring both staff and service users together to make decisions which affect the services we offer. Working for SPEAR you truly are part of the team.
SPEAR has successfully run a Trainee Project Worker scheme for more than ten years, with around 90% of participants going on to gain employment in the sector. Trainee Project Workers (TPWs) come from a very broad range of backgrounds, from young people hoping to start a career in homelessness work, to others making a complete career change after working in an unrelated field for a number of years. Some people come with experience of voluntary work in similar projects, whilst others are entirely new to the field.
Trainees are offered the opportunity to apply to undertake a Level 3 NVQ in Health and Social Care. All trainees contribute to the effective running and development of the service, and, although the role can sometimes be a challenging one, we hope that all find the experience rewarding.
Trainee positions are recruited for a couple of times a year. Please keep checking our website and social media for updates.
“Without these dedicated people, I would be somewhere very very dark”