MACS has exciting new recruitment opportunities for a range of roles following an expansion of services designed to meet the needs of homeless young people in Northern Ireland.
Established in 1990, we have 29 years’ experience as a leading provider of specialist youth homelessness services in Northern Ireland. MACS currently provides Supported Housing for forty-two 16-21 year olds across Belfast, Newry, Downpatrick, Lisburn and Floating Support to 178 young people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless in order to support them to find and maintain accommodation.
In 2018-2019, we supported 531 young people in our Supported Housing and Floating Support Services of which 86% of young people found accommodation and 88% of young people maintained their tenancies. Our new expansion from the Supporting People Programme in Floating Support will enable an additional 55 young people to receive housing support.
We at MACS are best placed to deliver interventions to vulnerable young people with multiple and complex needs.
We believe in seeing the young person before the behaviour and encourage positive risk – understanding that we make mistakes in order to learn. MACS will always ‘stick with’ the young person underpinned by our core values that we, ‘make our own choices’, ‘take risks’, ‘make mistakes and learn’ and ‘recognise our differences and challenge judgements.’
The End Youth Homelessness (EYH) movement made up of eleven youth homeless charities from across the UK identified MACS as the leading provider of youth homeless prevention services in NI. We are honoured to be the only representative in NI and this partnership has led to us developing the possibility of piloting Housing First for Youth in Northern Ireland with support from the Rock Trust in Edinburgh.
In partnership with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, we are also developing a Shared Housing Service for young people and we need to recruit a Co-ordinator to design and deliver this exciting new initiative that will provide an alternative safe, supported and affordable housing options for young people.
Nationwide have also supported MACS with funding for the development of an Intensive Floating Support project that will work in partnership with Hydebank to provide up to 20 young people leaving custody with dedicated housing support over the next 18 months.
In 2018-2019, 2,832 young people aged 16-25 years presented as homeless to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, 155 (5%) were 16-17 years old. If you would like to be part of a team committed to ending youth homelessness – join the team at MACS and be part of our growing and dynamic organisation.
We have a range of opportunities available in MACS Floating Support Services with full time Floating Support positions in Belfast, Lisburn, Downpatrick and Newry as well as part time opportunities in Lisburn, Downpatrick and Newry. We are also have Occasional Hours available through Floating Support Sessional Staff positions.
MACS Supported Housing are now recruiting Full Time, Permanent Support Workers in Belfast, Lisburn and Downpatrick.
Closing date for all applications is Monday 6 January 2020 at 9.30am.
Are you interested in working with young people and want to speak to a member of our team? Then please visit our OPEN DAY in MACS Main Office, 303 Ormeau Road, Belfast BT7 3GG on Saturday 4 January 2020 from 10am – 2pm where our staff will be ready to answer any questions.