Information and Support Assistant
Hours: 37 hours a week
Salary: £19,000 per annum FTE
Location: Littlehampton or Horsham or another AUKWSBH location (with travel to other sites)
Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove, is an independent local charity working in the community to help older people, their families and their carers.
Our vision is to inspire and enable people in West Sussex, Brighton & Hove to Love Later Life. To do this, we provide an array of services and activities that meet the needs and interests of the communities we support, providing opportunities for people to get out, have fun, socialise and build friendships.
We are currently looking for an Information and Support Assistant to join our dedicated team on a full-time, permanent contract.
- 28 days’ annual leave (plus bank holidays) pro-rata for part-time staff
- Flexible working options
- Ongoing professional training and development
- Health Cash Plan
This is a great opportunity for a caring and proactive individual to develop a varied and rewarding career providing support, information and advice to older people, their families and carers.
When you join us, you’ll become part of a dedicated team committed to promoting the wellbeing of all older people and making a positive difference to their lives.
You will have the chance to develop your skills and experience through fantastic ongoing professional training and development opportunities, whilst playing a key role in supporting the development of our information database.
As an Information and Support Assistant, you will join our First Point of Contact (FPOC) Team and provide support, advice and guidance to older people, their families and carers.
Reporting to the First Point of Contact Co-ordinator, you will provide a wide range of information to our service users, enabling them to make informed choices and signposting them to the most relevant service, tradesperson or organisation.
You will carry out administrative tasks to support the service including keeping accurate records on our database of all enquiries received and how they were resolved. In addition, you will assist with the recruitment and training of volunteers for this service.
To join us as an Information and Support Assistant, you will need:
- Experience of working in a call-centre or similar environment
- An understanding of, and interest in, older people, their situations and the opportunities they may want and/or need
- A commitment to high levels of customer service
- Highly developed interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills
- The ability to work as part of a team including supporting volunteers
- Excellent IT and computer skills including email, Excel, Microsoft Office, SharePoint and Teams
- A commitment to equality and inclusivity across all aspects of the role
- A full driving licence and access to your own vehicle for travel within the role
Experience of working or volunteering with older people would be beneficial, as would knowledge of the local community, third sector and any other groups or organisations working with older people. Experience of motivational interviewing would also be advantageous.
This is a full-time role working 37 hours per week. Occasional evening and weekend working will be required. The location for this role is flexible for the right candidate, however, regular travel will be required across our sites.
To arrange an informal chat, please contact Fiona May on 07715521875 or Paula Wirth on 01903 731800.
The closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday 24th September 2021 with interviews scheduled for w/c 27th September 2021.
Other organisations may call this role Information Officer, Advice and Information Services Officer, Helpline Services Officer, Contact Centre Advisor, or Contact Centre Operative.
Age UK West Sussex Brighton & Hove are equal opportunities employers, value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. Equal opportunities are the only acceptable way to conduct business and we believe that the more inclusive our environments are, the better our work will be.
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